Last night I placed my tape recorder on the table at the comedy club we were at and recorded an American bloke who was chatting to two Australian women. The American was a one of those blokes who is "uber cool" and therefore really annoying. You know the type, good looking, goes to the gym a lot but well into his 30's, maybe even touching 40. The woman were about 10 years younger than that, say in their early 20's but they were clearly in awe of him. "Woman 1" was sat next to him whereas "Woman 2", who was the prettier of the two, was slumped in the corner looking quite drunk compared to her mate. It seems they'd just met and he was doing a pretty good job of chatting them up.
I found their conversation fascinating.
I'm not sure if taping it was wrong or not? I'm even less sure about transcribing it to a few hundred people via my blog.
Woman: Oh God, you must have been saving for a bloody while?
Woman: Saving. Money.
Man: Ah - I sold my business. Well, I had a deal where a guy was paying me eighteen times once a month. So I could just stay in L.A. and spend the money there or I could close up my deal and get my boxer with somebody else and take my advance pay. And no bills. Take the money, take the money, take the money, travel for twelve months. It kind of works out the same.
Woman 2: (Gasps) Cool. That's awesome.
Woman 1: I wish someone would pay me like that, in advance.
Man: Yeah, well I could have done something else with the money, you know like invested it or something but I just wanted to: Go! Go! Go! So I did: I went! Went! Went!
Woman 2: Ohhh, wow that's cool.
Man: Once I've been down to London for a few days I'm off to The Burning Man festival for two weeks. It's like a cool, great festival. And, uh, then I'll be home again.
Woman 1: Yeah.
Man: Get a job, get a place. And uh, yeah. Like, it's cool. But, err, it turned out great.
Woman 2: Wow.
Man: So you guys from Australia?
Woman 1: Yeah, we're from Oz but we took, like, a year out as well.
Man: Oh, right, uh, that's cool.
Woman 1: But yeah, we went, we started off, we went to, Thailand as well.
Man: Oh cool, going down the river?
Man: Swimming around?
Woman: Yeah, and then we went, we flew, to England. And then we did a tour of, sort of, like, places in Europe and then we just travelled ourselves up to Western Europe and then, what else did we do? We went to Ireland.
Woman 1: Yeah.
Woman 1: We only got to Barcelona.
Man: Oh, but that's cool.
Woman 2: But the food poisoning?
Woman 1: Oh yeah, we got food poisoning there.
Man: Too bad, it's good food over there, amazing tastes.
Woman 2: There were good ones and bad.
Woman 1: Yeah, but anyway, but yeah. So then we came to Scotland.
Man: So that's a year?
Woman 2: No! We've only been travelling for two months.
Woman 1: Yeah, anyway, yeah.
Woman 2: We're going back in a week.
It was a joy to listen to. I've got about 10 minutes of their yabbering on tape but the audio quality is awful. I was half thinking I could use it somehow but it's really terrible. Loads of other people talking and drinking as they waited for the show to start.