Freshman Revives Dying Conversation by Complaining About Stairs, Again

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WESTWOOD — While walking back up the Hill with a long-time friend of nine days, freshman Catherine Davis struggled to maintain conversation until she resorted yet again to complaining about stairs. “When a conversation is dying, you complain about stairs. I mean, I wonder how many stairs we climb every day,” Davis said, sighing loudly while going up stairs to set the scene for her conversation-saving performance. “It’s such an easy way to seem relatable and reignite conversation. Even if I’ve already complained to someone, the trick still works: the conversation is alive again and we talk about how I should find a hobby other than complaining.” While some friends just nod and reply, “Yeah, there are a lot of stairs here,” Davis also reports that several others have responded, “This is my workout for the day.”