How do you greet people?
I high-five, smile, wave, hug, shake hands, bump fists, secret handshake, kiss, dance, or I just don’t greet and move on straight to the first topic of conversation.
How do you say goodbye?
For some, it goes along with them. How they greet or how they say bye is a bit like their Catch Phrase, or catch “action” like basangsisiw mentioned. I say bye differently to many people. Some I hug, some I do the little hand gun gesture to, and to others I high five.
But what do you do when you haven’t established such a gesture with someone before?
As you may obviously not know, unless you follow me on Twitter, I try to go to the Downtown LA Art Walk every month. If you’re around, you should definitely go next time! Anyway, I was there with a few friends last month, and even though things didn’t really turn out the way I was expecting them to, it was a fun experience. As you can see from the short clip I shot with my phone, things got a little crazy.
Don’t worry, crazy stuff doesn’t happen every month. Every once in a while, it doesn’t.
Anyway, after a long night of being watched by what seemed to be 300 police officers on bikes and horses, we decided to head home. One of us was getting a ride home and picked up, so we walked together a couple of steps, and then looked at each other. We then realized that we hadn’t done that, we had never said goodbye to each other in person –ever. Well, there’s a first time for everything. She took a step to the side, I stepped forward, awkwardly stretched out my hand for a semi-high five (or something), she took a step back (did she think I was going to punch her?), and ended up giving each other a weird handshake type thing.
While we were walking back to the train station, my other friend looked at me.
“What was that?” he asked.
“That was a little awkward huh, she probably didn’t even notice,” I replied.
*insert that annoying iPhone alert ringtone we hear ALL the time, EVERYWHERE*
“Hold on, I got a text,” I said.
So then I thought to myself: No big deal! So she noticed that the goodbye was awkward, she probably wasn’t thinking about it as much as I was, what the heck.. Stop thinking about it, Edwin. Think about pizza. Ok, pi–awkward. That was awkward. Why does awkward stuff always happen to me? Am I awkward? I should start a blog. Oh wait I already have one. Hmm.. Yes, I’m forgetting about it. Darn it. Wait, forgot about what? Yes! I forgot!
At any rate, here are some questions for you:
- How do you say goodbye to your boss after you get fired?
- Do you wish a good day to the officer that just gave you a ticket?
- How do you say goodnight after a first date?
- When you say bye and then end up walking in the same direction, do you say goodbye again once you’re leaving for real?
- When someone is going around giving goodbye hugs, do you ever wonder if he or she is going to skip you?
And now, to cancel out that crazy previous video..artawkwardhumorliferandomrelationshipsthoughts