This is true...starting with a simple compliment can make all the difference and is often the first step to learning someone else's story and making a new friend. As to the OP, there wasn't an opportunity to do that...and again, to just walk away and let the idiots reveal themselves is the best thing. A wise farmer once said, "Never get in a pigpen and wrestle with a pig...the pig enjoys it, and you just get covered in mud."
Originally Posted by Michael
I have found that the surefire way to get a friendly conversation started is to simply say "nice bike". If it is such a rat bike that I can't say it with a straight face I can always find something else positive to say - one time I was stumped until I noticed that the owner had welded up his muffler out of a coffee can - that was actually pretty cool
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