Monopolizing conversation with trivialities
Recently at a dinner party, we were engaged in conversation about one friend's trip to Europe after the fall of the Berline Wall. She remarked on the state of housing and deprivation in East Germany, including such seemingly mundande issues as plumbing. At this point, one of the guests, who had never been anywhere outside of her hometown and to work, resorted to her attention-getting tactics by hyping up with no warning, "Speaking of toilets, mine has been backed up for three days. The landlord does nothing." She was met with an instantaneous silence as we all shared glances of knowing disbelief as to why she uttered such an inane non sequitur.
How do we handle this in the future as this is one of many times. Yes, this is the same rude hostess.