A rough roadmap to a catch-up phonecall with a girlfriend

December 8, 2011

  • Greeting followed by small-talk niceties and awkward overlapping dialog that comes with being unused to speaking on the phone in a while.
  • “How was your day?”
  • “What are you having for dinner?” (Presuming the talk is occurring after work but before mealtime.)
  • “How was your week?”
  • “What did you do last weekend/last holiday?”
  • “How is work?”
  • “How is your family/spouse/romantic partner?”
  • “How is your house/apartment?” (If house/apartment is new or of note for some reason.)
  • Talk about any immediate weddings or babies either between the conversationalists or close friends.
  • Transition into gossip about other people, possibly cloaked as concern for their welfare.
  • Brief reminiscence about something that happened 10+ years ago.
  • Flow-interrupting call-drop due to bad reception/smartphone face-hangup.
  • “How is your pet/child?”
  • Light discussion of weight/diet/exercise/hairstyle/clothes.
  • “What are you doing this weekend?”
  • Excitement expressed for the next face-to-face meeting.
  • Banal reason for ending call like eating dinner or spending quality time with spouse.
  • Impulsive “I love you,” or, to keep it more casual, “Love you!”
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