March 2 — Hockey
On the metro a man struck up a conversation with two strangers, a woman and a man sitting together, about hockey.
“Is there a game tonight?” he asked them. They were wearing jerseys and heading toward Gallery Place.
“Who are they playing?”
“Toronto,” said the woman.
“Oh, Toronto. That should be a tough game right? They’re Canadian so I assume they’ve got to be pretty good. They grow up on the ice up there.”
Stereotyping Canadians. The only sort of stereotyping you can get away with these days. I realize the man knows nothing about hockey and wonder why he started the conversation in the first place.
“Actually they’re more in a rebuilding year,” the woman says. “The Caps are really the team to beat right now.”
“Oh, is that so?”
“Yeah, but every team really tries to bring their A game when they play the Caps,” the woman says, trying to save him. “Toronto could still put up a fight.”
“Ok so it should be a good game then,” the man recovers. “Especially on your home ice. That always makes it interesting.”
It’s situations like these that make me averse to small talk.