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Old 09-18-2008, 11:46 PM   #1
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People are Funny

We have seen so many people on our vacation, and they never cease to amaze me. Over all the people we have come across have been very friendly. Some are a little reserved at first, until we start talking to them, and then they open up. Some just walk by and don't acknowledge that you spoke, and they don't make eye contact. Tonight James and I spent about and hour and a half in the pool and hot tub. As we got back to our room, a woman was coming down the hall (I didn't see her, as I had just gone in the room as she passed, but I did hear her). James, as always, said "Hi, how are you tonight?!" She gave James a funny look and said, "Hi, I don't know you," and walked on! I don't know why, but that just tickled my funny bone! I have a feeling she is one of the "keep your eyes ahead and don't talk" kind of people, but she must have been caught off-guard by James's sudden greeting!

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Old 09-19-2008, 12:01 AM   #2
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That is funny. I'm glad you are still friendly though. I love getting to know new people and hearing about their lives. Tour bus rides are one of the best places for that! I'm glad not everyone is like that woman.
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Old 09-19-2008, 12:17 AM   #3
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....Sounds like my ex-wife !!!

Be thankful she didn't stop to chat!!!
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Old 09-19-2008, 02:41 AM   #4
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Folks of this day and age are guarded. And I can understand to some extent. Being friendly and curteous is something that is not expected, you often catch folks off guard when you greet them as passer bys. I think what you have done over your trip awesome and admirable. Hold those encounters close to your hearts and don't sweat the folks that can recognize a truly friendly encounter! You guys have everyones best interest at heart, if not the best company one could have on any given evening!!! I could only wish to come accross a friendly smile/encounter like you have described. :)
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Old 09-19-2008, 02:57 AM   #5
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We have noticed big regional differences in how people react to a greeting or even just a smile or nod. Before tonight's encounter we were talking with the hotel's lifeguard. Olga is from Russia but is living here now and going to college. We all talked about the differences in people in different areas of the country. We came to the conclusion that if you want to be alone, you should move to a huge city.

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Old 09-19-2008, 03:02 AM   #6
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Barbara L.... you are a few and far between encounter in my big city. I would love to see your friendly faces anytime sweetie!!!!
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Old 09-19-2008, 03:13 AM   #7
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Someday we will have to make that happen!

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Old 09-19-2008, 03:22 AM   #8
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I remember when i was down in Virginia. I was sitting on a bench ( maybe in colonial Williamsburg, not sure) , when all of a sudden a guy from Georgia sat down next to me, and started talking to me as if I were his best friend. I must say it totally caught me off guard. He asked many questions about New York. I was very polie, and kept up in the conversation ( being the gentleman that I am), but I must admit, i thought it was kinda strange just to sit down next to a stranger and stat shooting the breeze. When riding my bike, kayaking and u run across another biker/ kayaker, there is always that " bond" and courteous head nod, or good morning, as if you have some kind of bond because you have the same hobby.
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Old 09-19-2008, 06:48 AM   #9
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Ah it's a shame more people don't say hello like that :)
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Old 09-19-2008, 07:31 AM   #10
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Years ago when my oldest dd was in kindergarden while we wer waiting for the bus we would wave to a older gentlemen in a little truck as he went by. A few years later while I was working at a fast food place, I realized the same guy came in every day, he recognized me and told me that seeing my daughter out everyday and getting that goodmorning wave made him smile for the rest of the day. Which in turn made me feel good.
My youngest is naow a junior and if she sees that same guy (I told her what we use to do) she gives a wave with a big good morning smile.
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