Tonight I walked up to one of my own cousins whom I don't see often and said, "Gee, ______, we haven't talked much..." and then I froze. I already knew where he worked, so I couldn't ask about that. I actually wanted to know about his other interests, as his job was in retail and therefore he probably has interests elsewhere that are more amenable for conversation. (I realize now that I should have asked someone else, and then came to him with, "So, ________ tells me you're into ________! Me too!" or something like that.)
But I couldn't ask, "Um, so what are your hobbies and interests?" or anything so barbaric. But I had nothing to go on, either! And here I was, standing in front of him. So I hemmed and hawwed and then blurted out, "How old are you?"
He didn't deign to answer, and I don't blame him - I slunked away in shame.
Epic fail. =)