Yes, I know that I should calmly explain to the passenger that I "don't do multi-tasking and although their conversation about the 30 Year War is fascinating, I would prefer to defer the subject until Wootton Basset"
Of course, to be able to accomplish that, I'd have to be able to multi-task in the first place. Finally, I have an answer. I just say "Thursday". Works fairly well.
- Some people just talk for the mouth exercise and don't even notice that my reply doesn't make sense
- Others actually listen and are confused by my irrelevant answer. Most of them work out that I am not listening even if they don't know why and give up
- A few friends know about the "Thursday" system and understand.