I find I don't trust my words when I'm around certain known people, and including new people. Every thought is edited until there's hardly a notion of that thought, and my words come out panicked and jumbled, sometimes interposing letters or words. I find it's easier to ask questions about the other than to talk about myself, at least at first. And to be honest when questioned about one's self.
By the gate he stopped me and asked “where are you riding to sir?” I answered “away from here, away from here, always away from here. Only by doing so can I reach my destination.” “Then you know your destination” he asked. “Yes” I said “I have already said so, ‘Away-From-Here’ that is my destination.” - F.K.