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View Poll Results: When I get close to people out in public, I more times than not:
Smile at them 10 27.03%
Say 'Hi' or something like that 11 29.73%
Ignore them 9 24.32%
Mumble something inaudible 2 5.41%
Give them dirty looks for getting so close to me in the first place 3 8.11%
Flip 'em off and go on about my business 0 0%
I don't understand the questions 2 5.41%
Voters: 37. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-18-07, 01:50 PM   #1
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When you get close to people in public do you say Hi or Hello or something like that?

When Treesa and I pass one another in the house, I usually say, "Too close not to kiss', and I kiss her.

When in public, if, let's say, I'm in a crowded isle like at a Supermarket and I brush by someone (No, I DON'T kiss them... & ), I'll say 'Hello!' or 'Howdy!' or something like that.

What about if someone makes eye-contact with you (and you're in speaking distance)?

If that happens to me, I'll always say the, 'Hi' or 'How ya doin'?' or whatnot.

Then what if you're driving down a residential side street (which I do quite a lot) and someone squeezes by your car?

I'll always take a second to give a little wave (like fingers up from the steering wheel, actually it's more like a 'flick' of the fingers ( ), but somehow comes off as a wave), at the person driving and they usually give one back, or a smile, or a head-nod (if they're like cool and or groovy).

So what about you? Do you speak or wave to folks like that when you're out in public, or do ya ignore, or just flip 'em off and go on about your business, or maybe even do one of the other options in the poll?

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Old 05-18-07, 01:52 PM   #2
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I yell "TOO CLOSE! TOO CLOSE!!" then go fetal.
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Old 05-18-07, 01:52 PM   #3
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If I make eye contact, I'll smile and say hello.

If there is no eye contact..I just keep on walking.
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Old 05-18-07, 01:54 PM   #4
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I go Ratso Rizzo on them and start yelling "I'm walking here! I'm walking here!"
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Old 05-18-07, 01:56 PM   #5
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Old 05-18-07, 02:02 PM   #6
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I go Ratso Rizzo on them and start yelling "I'm walking here! I'm walking here!"


Sorry I didn't think of that when I made the Poll.
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Old 05-18-07, 02:09 PM   #7
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How many of us here are old enough to know who "Ratso" Rizzo is?
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Old 05-18-07, 02:10 PM   #8
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How many of us here are old enough to know who "Ratso" Rizzo is?
Ya know, there's this amazing thing called a DVD ...
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Old 05-18-07, 02:13 PM   #9
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When I'm in my 'element' I always say hello to a person I'm passing by. By 'element' I mean, when I'm hiking in Brand Park in Glendale or when I'm on the WDI campus here in Glendale.

But it is a different story if I'm out on the street. I will always look at each person as I pass by them, but unless they give me eye contact, then I won't say hello.

I've noticed though that most young people, teens & 20's usually don't like to make eye contact with strangers. I guess it is the world that they grow up in. It's hard for them to trust strangers.

But as I get older, I believe it is important to try and say hello to everyone I pass by, but I have to get past my own insecurites of 'rejection' before that will become reality.

I do notice that the many people I pass by on the hiking trails always say 'hi' back to me, even if they don't speak English. It's a different breed of people that are up on the 'trails'.

I remember once though, I was at the Costco in Burbank and I passed by this hairy big brute of a and I said hello to him and he just growled at me. He must of thought he was some sort of a or something.

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Old 05-18-07, 02:14 PM   #10
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Ya know, there's this amazing thing called a DVD ...
Yeah, but I never see anyone talking about Midnight Cowboy in any threads.
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Old 05-18-07, 02:21 PM   #11
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Strangers who say hi to me in public piss me off. So I voted "give them dirty looks"
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Old 05-18-07, 02:25 PM   #12
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If I make eye contact, I'll smile and say hello.

If there is no eye contact..I just keep on walking.
Same here.
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Old 05-18-07, 02:25 PM   #13
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Down here in the South™, if I make eye contact I'll smile and possibly give a greeting unless it's a crowded area. Even without eye contact, I always return a verbal greeting.
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Old 05-18-07, 02:40 PM   #14
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Depends on the situation. I use the whole repertoire: head nod, reverse head nod, casual smile, "How you doin'?" smile (sometimes with wink), mock tip-o-the-hat, finger point, point-and-shoot, double-barrel point-and-shoot, wink-and-shoot, overly-enthusiastic borderline-mentally-deficient-child wave, the Scott Hall double-arm salute, etc.

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Old 05-18-07, 02:55 PM   #15
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Yeah, but I never see anyone talking about Midnight Cowboy in any threads.
"Everybody's talkin' at me ... I don't hear a word they're sayin' ... "

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Old 05-18-07, 03:03 PM   #16
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Growing up in Minnesota, it was a must to say "Hi" to someone in public when they walk by. Here in Iowa, people don't always do it, because apparently they're cockmasters.
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Old 05-18-07, 03:04 PM   #17
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Old 05-18-07, 04:17 PM   #18
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Are you kidding? I'm from Texas...some people still wave from their vehicle when they pass your vehicle going the opposite direction on a two-lane road. So yeah, a nod and "how ya doin'?" is my standard.
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Old 05-18-07, 04:23 PM   #19
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Always speak.

We live in a small town and my family owns a restaurant. Everyone knows me and I recognize most of them. So if I make eye-contact, I always say something. Sometimes a 5 item trip to the store can take 20 mins.

Hubby on the other hand, rarely speaks to anyone. Not being rude ( I hope ) but stays to himself.
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Sometimes a 5 item trip to the store can take 20 mins.
That's FUNNY!

...and I know EXACTLY what ya mean, too!

Treesa and I must spend about 15 just saying, 'Hello' and 'Hi, and how ya doin'?', to all the folks at the Supermarket! Sometimes it's really exhausting. It's like we're movie stars or something!

(...although I have yet to have someone walk up and ask me for my autograph. & )

I don't know what it is, but people are very friendly with us wherever we go, and in this day and age, it's quite nice if I might say so myself.

-HELLO! FOR! THEEK'S! SAKE!

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Old 05-18-07, 05:40 PM   #21
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I'm always smile at people. Smiles make people's days - some people anyway. Sometimes I'll say "hi" if it's appropriate.
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Old 05-18-07, 05:51 PM   #22
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I remember once though, I was at the Costco in Burbank and I passed by this hairy big brute of a and I said hello to him and he just growled at me. He must of thought he was some sort of a or something. Chris
Hey! Ya know something?

I remember one time at Costco, there was a little guy that was following Treesa and me all around the store, and he was itching and sneezing a lot. For fear of catching whatever he had, we sped up to get away from him, but no matter how fast we went, he was always like 25 feet away. At one point, we actually ran down an isle and turned the corner so fast I nearly overturned the shopping cart!

We were sweating and getting really tired, and Treesa sat down on a sack of pinto beans and said, 'I can't do this anymore! Go talk to the guy, and ask him what he wants, for Pete's sake!', and when I turned around to confront him, he was gone, and no matter how much we looked for him, he was nowhere to be found!

Was that you, mrchristopherpayroll?

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Old 05-18-07, 05:52 PM   #23
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If I make eye contact, I'll smile and say hello.

If there is no eye contact..I just keep on walking.
same here, for strangers of course. if i know them, then i'll say hello or whatever.
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Old 05-18-07, 05:56 PM   #24
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Depends on the situation. I use the whole repertoire: head nod, reverse head nod, casual smile, "How you doin'?" smile (sometimes with wink), mock tip-o-the-hat, finger point, point-and-shoot, double-barrel point-and-shoot, wink-and-shoot, overly-enthusiastic borderline-mentally-deficient-child wave, the Scott Hall double-arm salute, etc. das
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Growing up in Minnesota, it was a must to say "Hi" to someone in public when they walk by. Here in Iowa, people don't always do it, because apparently they're cockmasters.
OH MAN! That's some FUNNY STUFF!!!
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Old 05-18-07, 05:59 PM   #25
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Anyone remember the story of the Tar Baby?

"I SAID, HOW DO YOU DO???"



-BR'ER THEEK!

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