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Moving the conversation re: cultural norms here.
They're not so much Californian norms as norms throughout most of the US - I've just seemed to have more conversations about it with Californians recently. (It's almost like California is a massive state with a disproportionate amount of the population and I'm geographically pretty close to it right now or something. )
So one of the major things (which I've really only started to realize in the past couple years ) is that interrupting doesn't necessarily mean the same thing or work the same way in New York - it just came up because a friend of mine was voicing irritation with an interview that was conducted with Hillary Clinton where the interviewer seemed to interrupt her a few times.
And basically, cross-talk/interrupting isn't necessarily intended (or generally taken!) as disrespect or silencing - high involvement can be a way of showing that you're engaged in the conversation. Stories don't generally follow a linear pattern of one person speaking and then another person speaking, without much overlap - people interject questions, comments, and even stories of their own as a way of interacting with the other person and the subject(s) of conversation. There are issues when the back and forth doesn't exist, or when the person is being nasty or taking advantage of power dynamics to actively intimidate someone, but simply interrupting isn't generally considered rude on its own.
^ Sounds interesting. I wish my English teacher had given us such an interesting homework in my school days.
After one summer concert, we prepare for the next gig and play with big musicians in winter. Wish me luck.
Renee, we'll miss you so much as a prefect! You're always such an incredibly warm and caring presence around the site and you're such a big part of our community. I'm glad to know you'll still be around and that achieving your dreams is what's pulling you away - now another group of people get to see how wonderful you are!