"I'm sorry—did you say something? I was off creating my own reality."
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"Because of you, my darling, I've never had an ulcer. I've never needed a psychiatrist. When I poured out my troubles, you listened. When I ranted and raved, you listened. Thank you, my angel, for listening." "Who listened"
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" I'm sorry. I was so busy listening to myself talk that I forgot what I was saying."
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"Honey, I'm home."
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"I forget-are you not speaking to me or just not listening to me?"
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"I thought I told you not to drink your milk."
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"You're right - I'm not listening to you - I'm reading the crawl on the bottom of your screen."
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"Interior monologue..." "No one listening..."
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"I'm sorry, I missed what you said after 'blah, blah, blah'."
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"Would you like to see the drawing I just did of my doggie?"
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"Absolute power is switching off one's hearing aid."
"I think we're losing 'em."
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"You think you have problems? My entire wing command was just destroyed."
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"Have you tried doing the thing you just told me you tried?"
"… and when she spoke and you couldn't hear was it because you chose not to hear or because you had exhibit 'A' in your ear?"
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"Could you repeat what you just said? I was on another planet."
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