There's a certain neighbourhood character who's an old man who I've known for a few years - occasionally we've gotten into long conversations, which are really more of my listening to him talk. I generally don't think I owe any constraint of my behaviour or "obey them" type deference to old folk, but I also generally am willing to have long "just listening and nodding" conversations with them, particularly if they're old and just want to talk - there's a certain desperation for someone to talk to that I recognise in myself that's there in full force in them, and while their ideas often are a bit odd (or more than a bit), their memories are often treasures worth sitting through the rest to hear. I'm not this way with all old folk - people who seem to be entirely there and are still sharp (there are a few of those in the neighbourhood) I'm willing to express myself a bit towards and want at least 20% time talking. Today's conversation with M was a healthy mix of interesting things, incomprehensible things, and times where I was a polite deer caught in the headlights.
It doesn't really defrazzle my undersocialisation-stricken nerves much because it's so much unlike normal interaction, but it's still valuable in some sense - it's more raw content to chew on. As always, it was a bit awkward, partly because some of his beliefs are pretty odd (the end times are near, religious thoughts), and he spat a bit on atheism - I don't wear my identities on my sleeve so much and in situations like these I often don't mention them (which has occasionally led to confusion when talking with members of the local shomer shabbat part of the Jewish community - there are two local rabbis who mistook my knowledge of some terms and such, in different situations, to mean that I identify as jewish). I suppose maybe it would be simpler for people to have some marker of their worldview visible to the world (or explicitly expressed when they met people).
On another topic, I came across a nice security package called 「DenyHosts」 that I am rather enthused about.
There's a cute girl at the Te Café that looks a lot like Lizza. That's kinda strange.