Today I met a German Lawyer. I was out with a friend talking about my frustration with living in suburbia. In my experience, they are bubbles of safety that enable individualistic lifestyles. Of course, this is not always true, but I've seen it too many times to ignore it.
As I was speaking about suburbia passionately, a stranger sitting next to my friend speaks to her: "Don't worry, he won't think this way in 10 years". As he goes on solidifying his case I immediately start thinking of ways to diffuse the situation because suddenly the dialogue between my friend and I turned into a heated debate with a man I just met. I changed the topic and asked about his life; He was a German Lawyer visiting San Diego for vacation.
Lesson: Try to make a conversation a dialogue instead of a debate. It keeps the peace.