What filters can I apply to the world when I’m bored standing in a line?

Originally: “The creator of xkcd plans fight scenes. An old classmate imagined everyone (EVERYONE) naked. I sometimes give people backstories. What do you do? (Reblog this or comment.)” — Nick Douglas

“I don’t do anything like that, but I always make sure to scan the faces (quickly, but very deliberately) of everyone in each new environment I enter. I usually look for any distinguishing / interesting features, but usually just get a confirmation of how boring most people look.” — Slava, via Tumblr

I was incredibly stumped by this, until I realized that I couldn’t come up with an answer because I don’t allow for much silence. I see the boredom as a challenge, not only to amuse or sustain myself, but also those around me; on a train, I’ll strike up a conversation with my seatmate, perhaps by guessing what’s on their iPod.

I think typically in a line I’ll start to talk softly to myself, making a sort of commentary on the people holding up the rest of us, like an imagined conversation between the teller and the patron, for example. “No, not today, I don’t think I am interested in opening a- I’m sorry, how many percent? For real? Tell me some more about that…”

I don’t attempt really to broadcast it, but it’s a way to have a laugh with some of the others suffering of the same monotony as myself. I seek out connections.

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    My name is Bobby.

    I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things.

    I write occasionally for Smashing Magazine and the London Community News online, and weekly for Interrobang, the student voice newspaper at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario.

    I've also been published by the Canadian University Press.
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