Me neither (a bit north of you), although I'll say hi first to almost every person I pass on the sidewalk. It just seems polite.
Is it opposite day? What a weird lady...
Originally Posted by ektaylor
Quite a bit, I would say. Of course, it varies with where I'm living.
In Seattle, people are friendly but extraordinarily passive. As corresponds, conversation is rarely volunteered out of what I suspect is this strange unambitious timidness which seems to weave the city together. ...
Seriously! In LA whenever I get in the elevator someone will say something. In Seattle every elevator ride is done in complete silence. Fuck Seattlites. Everyone told me before I moved there, "People from Seattle are very nice!" but their shyness makes them come off as stand-offish. Everyone tries to apologize for them, "Oh, they don't mean to have bad social skills," but I really don't feel there's any excuse. People from Seattle are weak and uninteresting.
I will note that an anomaly was cashiers at the grocery store: EVERY time they'd make a comment about the food I was buying. I can't remember one time they didn't say something about my produce selection or something.
Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH
I must have that face, because friends constantly comment on how people just don't like to leave me alone.
Originally Posted by Don Carlos
I get talked to and approached a lot. I also get smiles from passing women all the time. This is all to be expected, as I am both extremely beautiful and magnificently prosperous.
Your comment came off tongue-in-cheek, but I think this is why. I think good-looking people are getting approached more often.
Originally Posted by adidasfan
yes talking to strangers is happening more for various reasons.
i think one reason is people are trying to develop social skills
and alot of books are telling people to just go up to soomeone and start talking.
all the dating books for example are now telling men and women to build their conversation skills by talking to strangers.
This is an interesting response to the OP. I can't imagine it's having that
large of an effect on the overall cultural zeitgeist, but if it is that's fascinating. In a good way, I think.
As stated earlier, now that I'm living in LA people talk to me a lot (particularly women), and there are a lot of times where I just know they're going to say something and I just wait and refuse to say anything because I'm curious what their opener is going to be. I figure, "Well I have no idea how I would open them in this situation, so let's see what they do." And every once in a while they'll say something totally off the wall and stupid, and it's quite entertaining. For example I'll be getting pizza and someone comes up behind me in line. A moment of silence, then, "So, you're like totally addicted to this place?" Uhhh wtf? I enjoy all my random conversations, everyone in LA is very nice.
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