I love my dad I really do. He moved in almost 2 years ago. My wife and I were enjoying the empty nest. I work at home and my wife works outside of the house. We like to have some quiet time before dinner which my dad grants us. He has his own living room. We have dinner together every night. The issue is my dad can't converse. He can tell great stories but can't hold a conversation, it always reverts back to him. My wife calls it "I / my syndrome". His conversations always start with I or my. I get it he is lonely and he and mom were a pair for 60 years. My wife will ask me a question and he will answer it before it comes out of my mouth. She will make a comment on something during the day and he always answers with a story of his or does the "Cliff Clavin I know how that is built, the history etc....". We try but I get fed up and now I don't talk during dinner (very awkward). I know he is trying to fit in. We cant discuss political subjects (same side why bother). I ask about his church activities or lodge and pretty much nothing from him. He only pipes in when I or my wife ask each other a question. Or he listens to one side of a phone conversation (kids call during dinner a lot and we will take it out of the room) and makes assumptions on the conversation. It is not that I don't try I do but dinner is getting uncomfortable (especially the noises he makes at the table can one person make that much noise?) Any topic is fair game for something he has done so I don't even try any more. He claims to be hard of hearing but yet listens to every conversation and then it is topic of his phone calls to friends and family (he has his phone on speaker and we cant help but hear it on the other side of the house. There seem to be no boundaries. Yesterday he figured out how to listen to a voice mail in my car while I was in range in the store then asked about the topic (my daughter) Dang technology. Don't get me started on social media (my sister got him on) he found my page and shows everyone (I did not friend him because he lives with me) but he back doors the social media and tells everyone what I am doing (I know that is social media) I am posting less and less now because of that. It's not that it is out there it is how he makes comments (always out of context). This turned from a question into a rant, sorry. How do you have conversations with people where you don't want it to be a story? Last night it was the comments on how I was as a kid eating.... because we put peas on the table. It was cute then but not now. Driving on the car is bad as it is the same issue, I can't have even the slightest conversation with my wife so 3 hour car rides are painful. Anything I say in the house becomes gossip for the family or worse, my friends.