How much time each day do we waste listening to people speak confidently about things they know nothing about? One of my favorite things to do is sit in the corner invisible, as I usually am, and listen. I have always had a problem paying attention to the other tables at a restaurant and snapped back with “stay at this table!” yelled at me by my mother.

I find my habit, for lack of a better word, to be a curse and a blessing. Why on earth would I be interested in nonsense? What makes my brain wander into such a way creating unnecessary thoughts of wonder into the lives of people I have never met and will most likely never see again. It is probably the same reason people get into television shows proving to yourself the ability to watch a season nonstop in two days. I just need to know things that have absolutely no relevance in my life.

With that being said, I am a knowledgeable guy with a knack for researching topics of interest. My aforementioned problem leads me to listen and then debunk other people’s conversation, but just in my head. I am not the type to correct someone based on my inadvertent eavesdropping. I do however judge and walk away with a feeling of missed opportunity because I possess the ability to communicate a correction in their misguided thinking. I should not care if their boyfriend moved in and borrowed the car and was involved in an unfortunate incident while texting and driving. I know that person isn’t covered if they live under the same roof and not listed as an additional driver on the policy. They can talk about it for hours conjuring up all sorts of scenarios or just know the facts.

Speculation is something that gets most people in trouble. It is a light gamble when playing Gin Rummy or a life altering decision when trading stocks. People sit around talking, listening, blogging, and tuning in for their opinion of what might happen. I’ve found that there are too many variables in the equation leaving someone to speculate on the complete unknown. When playing cards there are only so many to keep track of so the odds of pulling the third card in a run is much higher. Making decisions based on facts is dangerous when the facts are delivered by someone with questionable integrity.

Life is full of situations where decisions are based on altered facts or plain ignorance. I mastered drinking a dry cappuccino trying to figure out why I care about helping random patrons that happen to be sitting in earshot due to an issue with my Chakra. This is what it is like to be me at a coffee shop.

Next issue, the Halfalogue and what it does to your soul.

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