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When you meet a new person who seems friendly and intelligent enough, it still takes a while to figure out if they are somebody you want to know.

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I try to assess whether new people I meet are sane. I have had my fill of the alternative, and the older I get, the more suspicious I am that things aren't always what they seem in the first five minutes.

So, I have a mental checklist I go through to make sure new people I meet are somewhat rational.

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