There isn't really any need to do much in the way of prodding for Mark Blair to hit full anecdotal mode.
The former Ulster lock has much to share, having spent a decade in the professional game and been there when rugby made the not entirely smooth switch from being an amateur sport.
He got around too, playing in Scotland, New Zealand, France, Canada and, latterly, Bermuda, where he consistently turned out for the annual Classic Rugby gatherings up until five years ago.
All that in addition to Blair's time at Ulster between 1998 and 2003, which, of course, earned him a European Cup winner's medal as well as seven appearances for Ireland 'A'.
While the at least repeatable tales of '99 and all that have pretty much been wrung out - Blair was also in attendance at last year's reunion and ambled out onto the Kingspan turf - there is so much more.
When over in New Zealand, he was a team-mate of Jonah Lomu just after the winger's global breakthrough at the 1995 World Cup, and then in France at Narbonne the club's new coach decided he wanted to try and rearrange Blair's facial features.
Back at the start of the pro era, when at Edinburgh, Blair had to follow Scottish Rugby's bizarre insistence on players wearing a shirt and tie going to and returning from training, as if going to a normal office job.
"Yep, we did that for the first season as that, believe it or not, was the mentality of it at the time," he says of the dress code.
"I think they definitely should have had a degree in rugby as I would have got first-class honours in that," adds the Scotland-based 47-year-old regarding the experiences absorbed from just short of 20 years as a regular player.
Away from playing, he did close to eight years running the IRFU's Exiles programme and helping process Irish-qualified players, including Connacht's Kieran Marmion and Ulster's Kieran Treadwell, towards contracts with the four provinces.
He is still involved in the game and is currently coach of his local club Penicuik in Midlothian.
Blair, along with Scottish wife Kim, 16-year-old daughter Katie and 14-year-old son Sean, lives about half an hour south of Edinburgh in the village of Aughendinny. As he points out, he has now just about spent more of his life in Scotland than his native Northern Ireland, where he was educated at Royal School Armagh before attending Edinburgh's Heriot-Watt University.
A logical starting point is 1999, if for no other reason than to get it out of the way.
Blair recently watched the live streaming of the European Cup triumph and, like other team-mates, found it an all too rare chance to revisit that special day.
"It wasn't exactly riveting," laughs Blair, who with Gary Longwell made up the province's second-row partnership in that memorable season.
"That's the first time I've watched it from start to finish since then and, first and foremost, it was an awful game," adds the 55-times-capped Ulster player who joined his home province at the start of that season after leaving Edinburgh.
"But that wasn't important: winning was important."
It was naturally a high point and, with Alan Solomons coming on board in 2001 and Blair nearing 30, the combative forward gradually became more of an impact player at Ulster.
Though there was a deal on the table, he was getting more game time at AIL level with Ballymena, so he chose Narbonne in 2003.
He explains: "I was always very open to the idea of moving. When an opportunity came up in France, I jumped at it.
"I had already played for a bit in Canada at Edmonton in the early '90s, I had been with Edinburgh, where I had played in a Scotland trial, and I had also had two spells in New Zealand."
Which prompts some reminiscing on his time in the southern hemisphere.
"I was with a club in south Auckland in 1996 and '97 and played some games for Counties, which was interesting because they had a guy called Jonah Lomu (right). I played with him on a few occasions, along with my house-mate Joeli Vidiri, who also played for the All Blacks," he says.
"I thought that was all pretty special, especially with Jonah, who was not long after making his big breakthrough.
"As Jonah and my house-mate Joeli both played for Auckland Blues as well, I'd be sitting in the house and Jonah would walk in and sometimes even the likes of Zinzan Brooke. I'd be like, 'Wow', just looking at these guys and seeing them just there where I was living.
"But Jonah and those guys didn't see themselves as being different from anyone else."
At Narbonne, he was scheduled to stay for three years, but it all ended after just one, even though he was doing well in southern France.
As things turned out, the club sacked their coach and his successor took quite a dislike to the Ulsterman. It started when Blair was to take a trip home for his brother's wedding.
"I'd told the club earlier about this, but he (the new coach) didn't know," he says.
"When he found out, he told me via one of our South Africans, who translated as his French was much better than mine, that he wanted to and was going to punch me right in the face.
"I took that as a compliment really because it showed he really wanted me to play."
There was no way back, though, and Blair signed for the Borders, where he saw out his two-year deal with the region being wound up the season after he had decided on retirement from the pro game.
At nearly 34, he felt the timing was right.
"I felt I'd had my fill and it was good to call it on my terms," he says.
He played a few more seasons with the Currie club before bowing out in around 2009. By then he had briefly dabbled in property development but was now working for the IRFU's Exiles programme.
"I did nearly eight years with the IRFU and, in that time, we revised the whole programme," he says.
It was full-on, with huge mileage being put in, then it ended suddenly in 2017 when the IRFU made him redundant.
"That came out of the blue, but it was the best thing that could have happened because I'd really served my time," says Blair, who now runs his own business consultancy and is working towards the post-Covid-19 environment. "I think I helped put 25 guys at one point in the provinces across their academies, though not all made it. But that's rugby for you."
And, clearly, he knows all about it.
Jonah and those guys didn't see themselves as being any different from anyone else