askmefi crosspost: What to ask other than "what do you do"
at the SF meetup tonight?
[More:]I'm meeting up in SF with US mefites. I myself am from the Netherlands so a lot of the talk on local stuff like what are good local bars, what are good neighbourhoods for appartments etc doesn't make for good talking points. And talking about where I come from and isn't always that interesting either.
Asking what somebody does doesn't work to well either I think. Some people like to relax by forgetting about work. And some people feel a bit like their social worth is reduced to how sexy their job is when asked a question like that.
Of course some mefites can be a little introverted. But I like to think that everybody has something interesting about them. A good question can maybe digg that out...
How do you metachatties kick off interesting conversations?