And unfortunately, as much as I try to practice it, small talk has yet to become comfortable for me.
It is one of those social pleasantries that is inherently unpleasant.
My brain just switches off.
It makes me glassy-eyed and drains every last drop of my energy.
So, find something mutual.
An example can be seen with his texting behavior.
I like crazy crowds and high energy.
It reminded me of when Spongebob threw a party at his house and told everyone to be there at 8:00.