Bonding with my brother-in-law was difficult, at first. He has an outspoken, confrontational personality which I find abrasive. Since getting married and having children he’s mellowed out a bit, but for several years I restricted my interaction with him.
At one family event he and I struck up a conversation about boating. He had just moved to a riverfront property and was asking for advice on what outboard motors he should be looking at. The conversation went so smoothly that I wound up agreeing to go shopping with him for a boat and Yamaha outboard oil! The trip to the store went well; although, I don’t think we’ll be taking joint vacations together any time soon.