I have the perfect icebreaker in my back pocket. It’s always guaranteed to be a conversation starter, and the conversation can thrive for several minutes. It typically goes something like this:
Stranger: “What do you do?”
Me: “I’m a news writer for a morning show.”
Stranger: “Oh, you must go into work pretty early.”
Me: “Yeah, I work overnights.”
Stranger: “What time do you go in?”
Me: “2 a.m.”
What follows is some combination of a dropped jaw, a gasp, an expletive or bulging eyes. Hook, line and sinker.
But let’s talk about the reality of working overnights.