Friday, 14 February 2014

To Greet or Not to Greet - What a Stupid Question

Something is bugging me.  Big time.  And I see it happening more and more often.  You see, us (South African?) runners always used to greet each other out on the roads.  You'd pass another runner and wave/smile/high five/thumbs up/fist pump or whatever floats your boat.  And you'd get an equally enthusiastic hallo back.  We used to be a clan; a family - connected by our love for running.  We were cool like that.


Whatever floats your boat.

Once, on a work trip to Polokwane, which is on the other side of the country and has a completely different population profile than that of my home town, I was delighted to get a sincere smile from every single runner that I passed.  I felt at home.   

But now it seems like Generaion Selfie some runners didn't quite get the note on how to be polite to fellow runners.  Because instead of smiling and waving, they're staring into oblivion and trying their best to ignore the runnerds passing within an arm's length of them.  Ag, sies.  Not cool, young people, not cool.

A perfect example of this is a young lady who also frequents my favourite neighbourhood running route.  The first time that she ignored my friendly "hallo", I attributed it to her not hearing me, or the sun being in her eyes, or something.  But then it happened again.  And again.  And again.  I started making a game out of it - seeing just how far she would go to ignore me.  I shouted hallo.  I waved with both arms like a drowning person.  I did the Funky Chicken.  Nothing.  She obviously believed that the deeper she'd stare into space, the more convinced I'd be that she couldn't actually see (or hear) me.  It was both hysterical and ridiculous at the same time.  Boo.  And she's not the only one doing it.


SMILE!!

Come on, guys and girls, it's really not that hard.  Wave and smile.  Say hallo and nod.  You know you want to.


6 comments:

  1. The same happens here. Before we were a community, now the younger have a different behavior.

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    1. Sad to hear that it's also the trend in Italy, Stefano. :(

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  2. I can't imagine waving or saying "hi" to someone and not have them return the gesture! Runner or not... it's just rude! I don't always say hi to people when I am running, but I usually will, unless there are a ton of other runners. But, I ALWAYS wave back or say hi back. Was she just not hearing you?? That is just odd!

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    1. I agree, Raina - that was just ridiculous. And very odd. But I pass lots of younger runners these days who simply don't greet back. Really sad.

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  3. This is one of my pet peeves! Unfortunately, where I live there's never really been that great of an interaction amongst runners, who knows if it's the state or what, but there's a few that will return my "good morning" but then it seems like the others go to such extremes just to avoid making eye contact with me! And I completely agree with the generation thing. Sometimes I'm embarrassed that I'm a part of that generation. The young women (usually there more like high school age though) I run by are usually the rudest. I get that ok some people are reserved, but then can't they at least give a little smile? My goodness! :) Ok, sorry rant over. :)

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    1. I get EXACTLY the same thing over here, Hailey. For some weird reason it appears to be the younger school/varsity going guys and girls who just can't be bothered to greet/take notice of you (there are, of course, some refreshing exceptions). It drives me nuts!!

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