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Dealing with non-stop talkers?

I need a couple of ideas for "dealing with" or "responding to" people who like to talk and go on and on about stuff they're interested in, regardless of whether you are or not. We know a few of these, and they're not assholes or self-absorbed -- they just like to talk.

Sometimes I want to say something or ask a question, but I'm afraid that it will just prolong the (mostly one-sided) conversation after it's gone on for a while.

I can handle it if they're conservatives talking politics -- I just say I don't like to talk politics and that generally works.

Any thoughts?

Ok, serious question about anti-vaxxers.

I haven't seen anything specifically about why all these people are refusing to get vaccinated. Besides plain stupidity, is it stubbornness, is it political, is it something else? It's probably a combination of things in different people, but I'm curious.

Loaded question about talking with Republicans

Okay, folks, serious answers only please.

I've mentioned here several times that I have an old friend who's a Republican and that we rarely talk politics. However, every time he gets on it, it's always about how bad the Democrats are.

So I'm curious as to whether any of you have asked a Republican what it was, exactly, that they liked about the previous (ahem) administration, and, if so, how they responded.

I've considered doing this several times with my friend, but know it would result in a very long (as in very long) and irritating conversation for both of us -- mostly me trying to get him back to my question -- so I've been holding off.

Pronouns: he, him, his or she, her, hers

How many of you use, or are required to use, your pronouns in your email signatures, i.e., John Smith he, his, him.

A number of people at my office have started using them, so I'm just curious (I'm one of the hold-outs).
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