Question: Is it appropriate to ask a casual acquaintance what their yearly salary is?
Answer: Not only no...but heck no!
Then why, I wonder, have several people asked me that exact question in the past few days? What's with you people? I don't want to tell you what I'm being paid. Leave me alone.
And in the vein of conversations...people need to learn how to have them. I will fully admit that I am not a pro-conversationalist. However, I am capable of asking people questions and carrying things along. People need to learn the art of reciprocation. I ask you a question, you do the same back. It's not that hard! And, if you don't want to do that, it's fine-but don't hover in my vicinity if that's the case. If you don't want to talk, walk away. I'm okay with that. I'm not okay with surface conversations feeling like a psychological work-out.