Always Talk to Strangers

by Alice Crooker

On a recent flight from Seattle to Chicago, my husband and I were entertained mightily by our seatmate. The man was unassuming, but blossomed into a first class comedian when I commented to him about the unappetizing dry meal which was presented to us. He immediately rose to the occasion and began eating the food with a flourish and exclaimed, “It doesn’t get any better than this!” He had me laughing so hard, the tears were rolling, and other passengers were jealous of the fun. I am so glad I got him going and wonder how many opportunities for fun I may have missed by being too proper. My motto now is Always talk to strangers.


Alice Crooker is a retired accountant and the author of "Peas, Pills and Parkinson's."