Open Book Blog Hop: Overheard Conversations

Wait. What!? Did I just hear that?

We have to get inspiration for our characters from somewhere, and everyday people often are a prime resource. If you are in a public space, you should realize that if you talk at a normal volume, we – the other public – can hear you.

Twenty-five years ago, before cell phones were becoming a fixture in public places, if you heard someone talking to themselves, you would either change seats, or take a wider berth. Once the cell phone became a hand attachment, you might have been more apt to pretend to read as you leaned in closer. “Hey, if you’re going to talk in public, I’m going to listen.”

The first time I encountered a “bluetoother” it freaked me out. This guy sitting across from me on the bus just started asking my seemingly random questions, and after I inquired about what he wanted, he shook his head and gave me a rude “mind your own business” head shake. Really? You just set that bar for the rest of your kind. It still happens. If I hear someone talking in my vicinity, I’ll turn and look. It’s just human nature.

You know that you are not going to hear public conversations in their entirety. More than likely, you will hear snippets out of context. So as a side conversation to this blog hop, what are some memorable lines you have heard out of context?


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Published by Leon Stevens

I am an author, composer, and an artist. I published my first book of poetry: Lines by Leon – Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020 and a book of original classical guitar compositions. My latest book is a short story compilation of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called, The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.

8 thoughts on “Open Book Blog Hop: Overheard Conversations

  1. When you work in a hospital like I do, you hear plenty of funny conversations. I overheard one doctor laughing on the phone to another doctor about a new secretary who had typed one of his letters and written ‘There was a mouse in his chest’ (should have been a ‘mass’ in his chest). Thankfully I wasn’t the secretary!

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  2. “I’m not replacing my curtains for the HOA. They were $1,800 and costume maid.'”
    That, from the neighborhood app. I’m glad I never got into using moose in my hair, either. Yeh yeah.
    That stoplight ain’t gettin’ any greener till springtime, idiot ass.
    Drive it or milk it, you stupid motherf****er
    I got a million one siders…


  3. There are hours of endless fun to be had in trying to work out the other side of someone’s mobile phone conversation. The possibilities can be endless, in some states probably illegal.


  4. I remember visiting a historical site, when a car pulled up and a family got out with their kids. They ran up to the statue, took a picture, and raced back to the car. I over heard the father say, “We got ten more things to see today. Let’s go!” Fun times.


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