Last night I was at a school fundraiser, a casino night where people got together at a local bar and played poker or Blackjack for monopoly money and then spent it on an auction at the end of the night. A lot of fun and it raised some money for the kids, so all in all a good night. I was supposed to play guitar and provide background music for the night, but there wasn't enough room so I would up dealing poker and basically watching the crowd, a perfect chance to observe people in action.
What struck me right away was how you read various people even across the room, the ones having fun, the ones who didn't want to be there, the ones who were bored or uncomfortable and especially the ones having a good time. The way they moved around, the way they leaned or made casual contact. Hand gestures. Eye contact. Smiles. Frowns. The entire gamut of non-verbal communication was there t watch. And even more interesting was the way the body language changed as the night wore on and people began to loosen up and gravitate into little groups. (Alcohol also helped, and believe me, the difference between a person's body language from sober to intoxicated is astounding) For a writer,, this thing was like a class in people watching!
It also struck me how difficult it can be to accurately catch these little unspoken bits of communication. In fact I went ahead and posted Tuesday's Exercise early because of it.