Recently, I was in one of those situations and watched as each member of the group explained something unique about himself. Some girl nearly jumped out of her seat to let everyone know she had a tattoo of the Chicago L map on her foot. I felt it would have been much more interesting if it was something to have discovered in the course of knowing her, rather than show it to everyone in the room within the first moments of meeting her.
Think about that. You're hanging out with her one evening and you see something on her foot. You take a look and see it, then ask, "What's that on your foot?"
She responds, "Oh, that's a map of the Chicago L."
"The Chicago L?" you ask. "Why do you have a map of the Chicago L on your foot?"
That's when you start talking about it.
People should take more time to get to know one another rather than put everything up front in the first 15 minutes you meet them. But in all honestly, why would someone get a map of the Chicago L on her foot unless she just wanted to show everyone she meets? She probably volunteered that information at the train station as confused tourists looked for directions or Chicago residents tried to navigate through a new part of the city.
She watches as a rail rider looks at the map and pounces on him.
"Are you lost?" she asks.
"I'm just trying to get to get to Bridgeport."
She probably gets all excited when she removes her shoe and says, "Let me check out the map of the Chicago L that I have tattooed on my foot."
Anyone in that situation would surely be surprised that anyone has a tattoo of the Chicago L on her foot. After the train passenger smiles and looks at her surprised, he would ask the same question, "You have a tattoo of the L on your foot?"
You know she's excited. It makes her day. That's why she got the tattoo in the first place. She wants to be a little different from the rest of us and I can kind of appreciate that. She seems nice and it's a conversation point, but I still think she should wait before she shows us.