|Food Crew At Work - Thank You!
Now that I have had several rides on the new quad chair lift, mostly with strangers, I have encountered a new social dynamic of four people on a lift. The question is, "How will the conversation flow with the group"? I think this comes down to a mathematical study of combinations. With four people on the chair I calculate there are twelve different pair interactions possible and even beyond that there are one to three and one to two interactions as well. Thus a ride with four people can be a chaotic set of conversational exchange. So what kind of socialization happens? In one case the ride was almost dominated by one "loudmouth". In other cases there were simultaneous paired conversation with two adjacent pairs. And in a few cases the outer two even conversed across the inner two. I imagine that there might even be silent rides. Not likely! How much simpler life is with a double chair. And if you have ever had a ride on the single chair at Mad River Glen in Vermont you can just zone out or often what happens conversation travels chair to adjacent chair. Perhaps I need to talk with sociologists, mathematicians and communications specialists to get their take on what is going on. Meanwhile I will continue my field work observing the social dynamics of riding a quad lift.
|Happy Foursome Leaving The Quad