I was innocently yet surreptitiously taking this woman’s picture (serious question: is it unethical for me to take pictures of strangers and post them on my blog?) while she applied her eye makeup. It was impressive, a very fine point of eyeliner on her top lid. I even continued sitting next to her while she touched up her nail polish, which usually disgusts me. Perhaps I was having a bit of a subway crush.
Then I sneezed. She asked, “Do you have allergies?” I said, “a little.”
Her: “Do you take anything for them?”
Me: “No, it’s not really that bad.”
Her: “I sell Nutrilite, it’s an organic vitamin for allergies. Have you heard of it?”
Her: “Its mostly sold online, and through word of mouth. Take my business card, I sell it.”
Me: “No thanks, I’m happy with the vitamins I use.”
Pause. Switch gears.
Her: “What do you do for work?”
Me: “Sorry, but I’m not interested in having a conversation right now.”