it seems like when i hear two people talking to each other in real time and space, they more often are talking about others who are absent, and when i overhear them talking on their cell phones to people who are themselves absent, they talk more about themselves. back in my own neighborhood, i'm capturing more conversations in real space. all 3 of these can be added to that third-person-who-is-absent category:
I say to them, 'So you want to learn yoga? Then we'll do yoga.'
He took the cheapest shot he could take.
They're so cute together - why can't they just be together?