Making Small Talk

Sergei, a Russian immigrant, is waiting in line at the INS. The line is very long, and it’s moving very slowly. Peter, an American standing in front of Sergei, turns around and strikes up a conversation. Sergei is surprised by his friendliness.

Peter I guess we didn’t have anything else to do today, did we?
Sergei What?
Peter I said I guess they think that we didn ‘t have anything else to do today. It’s just that we’ve been in this line for a very long time. It seems like we aren’t going anywhere very fast.
Sergei Yeah. I know. I’ve been here since about 9:30. What about you?
Peter I think, I got here just a few minutes before you did. I decided to pick up a green-card application for my wife. I should’ve gotten it off the internet. That way I could have just stayed home. Say, where are you from?
Sergei Me? I’m from Russia.
Peter Oh, whereabout?
Sergei I lived in Moscow for most of my life, but I moved around a little. I was in the military.
Peter Interesting. I’ve never been to Russia, but I’ve always wanted to visit. It seems like such an interesting country. How long have you lived here?
Sergei I’ve live in San Diego for only a few weeks, but I’ve been in the U.S. since August.
Peter Well, welcom to San Diego. I guess the weather must be a bit warmer than where you’re from, huh?
Sergei Yes, that’s true. I’ve gotten used to it.
Peter Have you visited the zoo or Balboa Park yet?
Sergei No, but I really want to go to Balboa Park. I’ve heard about all the flowers and museums that are there.
Clerk Next!
Peter Hey. That’s me. Gotta go. See you around.
Sergei Oh. OK. See you.

 

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