Want an instant conversation starter?
Suffer trauma to the eye area.
I know. I have a black eye.
A black eye is our society’s entrée to breaking down any barriers related to approachability and our innate quest for information.
Maybe it stems from the ‘60s TV commercials for Tareyton cigarettes that featured a man with a black eye, boasting that he’d “rather fight than switch.”
A black eye is like an auto accident. People can’t turn away and everyone who sees it wants to know what happened. It doesn’t matter if they are strangers you meet on the street, people you see regularly but don’t typically talk to or friends and family.
Some have genuine concern: “What happened?” Others, mostly men, open with: “Who’d you piss off?” “Who dotted your eye” or “What’s the other guy look like?”
Well – while playing first base in my last baseball game, I was hit by a pick-off throw that I lost in the lights. Thankfully, I wasn’t seriously injured.
And I’m glad you asked…
I’m still curious as to why a black eye opens the flood gates to conversation. Any thoughts?