I’m with Fuji – let’s see if I can make a reasonably useful contribution.
I try to listen to Dangerosa, but I have a real problem with resisting visual cues, especially television – when we go out to dinner, if we’re eating at a sports bar or someplace with a TV, I need to sit where I can’t see it or I will be unable to hold a conversation.
**Dangerosa **doesn’t have this issue – she will turn the TV on to keep her company and then ignore it. She can read with the TV on, which I find odd. I attribute this to her childhood having lots of TV in it, while mine had relatively little, so I have no acquired immunity to the Idiot Box.
In your ATM example, was there a TV or other distracting thing nearby?