"Take your pick—those people are talking schools. Next to them is real estate, and over by the stairs is money."
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"Can't we just this once, for God's sake, stay on topic?"
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"Summer's here. Do you want to start talking incessantly about tomatoes or corn?"
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"I can cure your back problem, but there's a risk that you'll be left with nothing to talk about."
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"I want to forewarn you—tonight's topic seems to be phallocentrism, and Jessica is in a take-no-prisoners mood."
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"It's your turn. I've run out of pleasantries for the gauntlet."
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"Barishnykov vs. Nijinsky. Have we exhausted that?"
"People who watched 'Donahue'-next on 'Geraldo'!"
"Any word back from the TED conference?"
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"Today on 'all things considered': a tree, bowling, the space-time continuum, large hats, David Duchovny, undercooked Lentils, parachutes, and the color maroon."
"Would you care for something to talk about during dinner?"
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