There are many people who are fond of tall stories, who cannot resist embellishing tales to just beyond credibility. You can usually spot them a mile off – their enthusiasm often gives them away. This is fine when it comes to writing, I guess, but can be a little wearing in real life.
Then there is a very small number of people who are the opposite. They tell tales of exciting exploits in modest tones, underplaying the action in such a way that you know the truth is even more fantastical than the stories being unfolded before you.
I was fortunate enough to spend some time with someone from the latter group last night, and what an interesting night it turned out to be!