I love Joey Tribbianni in the show Friends. He often made my day, I suppose there is a little of Joey in all of us? So today we are going to talk about Greeters, WalMart Greeters, store cashier Greeters, false greeters. Have you ever noticed how people greet each other or say good-bye. Wasn’t that long ago everyone was saying “Wazzzz-up?” and “Have A Nice Day” was almost always the final say so on the matter.
Now days it is “How you doin? and Have A Good One.” I am always awkward with the response, never say “Pretty Good” because I am neither.
I am not pretty by any means, and most always, never good.
Living in Oklahoma people usually greet you with “Hey, how you doin?” and then the other person will respond in kind with “Aw Okay, how you doin?” Why is it when greeted with a question, we answer each other with a question? Almost like management and a Union negotiator, both sides trying to control the conversation.
As I am such a fun person, bubbling over and full of life. I usually respond to it in this fashion.
Checkout stand lady …“Hey, how are you doin today?” and I say, “Not good. I had a really bad reaction to my new medicine and it gave me an er, accident in my pants, and I have to check out quickly so that I can get to the bathroom and clean up some, do you want to lend me a hand?” Now most of the time, I have to be honest, that dog doesn’t hunt, and my wife, well she grabs a candy bar off the rack and pretends that is honestly the only thing that she came there for … and of course, pretends that she does not know me.
In certain cultures (notably the Orient or Asia) people greet each other with a little bow and their hands pressed together in a prayer position. This is meant to convey that one acknowledges the divinity in the other. In our culture we greet each other by shaking hands, a gesture meant to convey the cheery thought, “See? I’m not holding a weapon.”
Personally, I like the Dallas-DFW Airport Karma Sutra-divinity greeting better … Look you right in the eye and then a gentle but respectful, polite, hands-clasped bow.
Makes you wonder … Whatever happened to just saying …. Hello?
Sometimes I miss the old days … Remember to check the label before you buy … The job you save could very well be yours.