It’s an easy question that should illicit a straightforward and immediate reply.
In fact, “not much” would be adequate enough, because that would mean that the conversation is now over and we can all move on with our lives with a sense of closure in regard to the initial inquiry into your present state of affairs.
Most normal people have no problem giving a direct response, and depending on the level of intimacy that the two people share, the context of the question being asked, and whether or not person A has to be someplace important, like, for instance, anywhere else, the exchange should take milliseconds.
On the other hand, it usually takes a circle-talker anywhere from 4 days to 30 years to reveal this information, while in the meantime, the asker is wandering around in a foggy, dream-like state, wondering whether or not they should check themselves into a ward to address a mental health issue that up until this conversation has gone undetected.
The truth is that it’s a filler question, and most people aren’t really that concerned. So that means that definitely, without a doubt, the asker doesn’t give a flying Menendez about anything else being disclosed beyond the original question.
Let’s ask another question for the purpose of clarification:
What fucking part of that question did you not understand?
This is not Jeopardy, there is no hidden motive behind the question, and nobody asked for your personal conspiracy theory about the Iranian Hostage Situation. Answer the fucking god damn question please, so that we can leave and get on with our lives knowing what exactly is up in yours.
Here’s how a conversation typically unfolds:
Healthy Person: Hey, what’s up?
Circle Talker: I tried calling you last week and you didn’t answer?
Healthy Person: Oh, I’m sorry. I completely forgot that you called.
Circle Talker: Whenever somebody calls you on the phone you should have the common decency to call them back.
Healthy Person: I’m terribly sorry, honestly. But here we are! Tell me what’s new in your life.
Circle Talker: I pay too much for that phone, so you should check your voicemails once every so often. Just wanted to let you know that.
Healthy Person: I made a note.
Circle Talker: Is that recycled paper that you’re taking your notes on?
Having a conversation with a circle talker is like trying to pinch a loaf with a pair of rubber underwear on; it’s unproductive, and it requires too much needless effort.
Somebody should sign a bill. Semi trailers should be sent out across the U.S. to collect these people, and have them shipped off to a Kindergarten classroom and taught basic communication skills on a chalkboard before they cause any more distress to an otherwise high-functioning society.
So let’s have a circular conversation now about Circle Talkers.
We’ll start with a question: What’s up?