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The Trickle - Pleasantries

September 1, 2009 - Brian Ferry

Exchanging pleasantries

I try to be friendly. In addition to being a positive kind of attitude, it's good for encouraging people to talk. In my line of work, that's a good thing. So, when I pass someone on the street who doesn't look like they are making a serious effort at avoiding me, I'll say "Good morning," or "Hello," or "How's it going," or something of that nature. (I don't actually look at many people and say, "Something of that nature," by way of greeting. Usually, I exchange these pleasantries with people in Warren - that's where I put the most miles on my shoes. Last week, I was in Erie. Out of habit, I greeted anyone that looked at me as they walked by. It seems that not that many people make eye contact in the "big city." Still, there were some. On my way from the U.S. District Courthouse to my car at lunch time, I greeted a man who walked by. There was another man, about 10 feet behind him. I looked his way. He had his head down, so I decided I probably wouldn't say anything. However, he had a greeting for me. It wasn't what most people would consider a pleasantry. In fact, it was rather rude and vulgar. I was surprised. It didn't ruin my day, though. After all, I had already spent about an hour and a half in the car driving to my first three hours of a three-day hearing. I think I even got a laugh out of it as I ate my lunch.


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