Washington, DC

I think someone from Monty Python said that.  So I make an effort to say hi to most people when I’m walking around.  Now don’t get me wrong.  I don’t say hi willy nilly, I make sure I get some kind of eye contact first so I don’t throw out a hello when I don’t think it is welcome.  But I’d say one out of ten times I make a huge mistake.  I don’t realize that the eye contact I receive is actually a “don’t look at me and get the hell out of my sight” eye contact.  What generally happens is I get a little eye contact from some tougher looking folks and I say hello.  My hello is received by an icy cold stare.  I’m telling you it is a stare that could frighten Mike Tyson.  But the stare is not enough.  It is almost always followed by a disgusted look and an exaggerated spit on the ground as I pass.  Well, ok, a simple nod would do but I hear you.  I won’t make the same mistake again.  But I always do.  One of these days I’ll get the courage/stupidity to spit back on the street. Well, no I won’t but sometimes I’d like to.


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