I caught a head cold bug on the plane, and have been having a case of laryngitis since Wednesday. Basically, my voice just disappeared, and the best I can do is "speak" in croaks and squeaks for a few seconds before dissolving into a cough. Thankfully, it's almost over, and I hope to have my voice back in a day or two, but in the meantime, my condition has given me a chance to study human communications without being involved too much in them.
One interesting thought I had is that I am basically speech-impaired, only that I am also totally unskilled in use of any of the aids that folks who can't easily speak employ to communicate with fellow humans.
I don't carry a note pad, and I can't type on the iPhone fast enough to have any meaningful exchange.
My most complex conversations in the past two days have all been in a chat, while people around me have to deal with one-sentence responses from me.
The most interesting part is that I can be present and observe social interactions while being a very passive participant myself. Something like this would not happen had I not lost my ability to speak.
So anyways, if you want to reach me over the next few days, I recommend a written medium. :)
Happy holidays, y'all!