Today on my lunch break I ran into the little 7-Eleven by my office to grab a snack. While I was in line, I noticed the lady at the register and how friendly she was was with all the customers. It was a nice change of pace from the usual clerk who always looks at me like I just insulted his dead grandmother or something and never responds to a thing I say, even after I tell him thank you! in the cheeriest way possible.
Not bitter. Nope. ANYWAY.
So this lady is making small talk with every person in line before me, and as I approached the register I was happy to hear her say, ‘Hello miss! How are you doing today?’ (YAY! I’m a miss, not a ma’am for once!)
Me: Hi! I’m doing great, thank you. :D
Nice Lady: Is this everything?
Me: (as I swipe my card) Yes, I think I’m good–
Nice Lady: Hi! How are you doing today??
Me: …umm, me? I’m good… (???), thank you–
Nice Lady: (annoyed expression) No, not you. I already asked you. I was talking to hiiiim. (gestures to a man she must know and practically bats her eyes in his direction.)
Me: Oh, I’m sorry! (nervous/confused laugh thing) I thought you were… (nervous/confused laugh thing) talking to me… (nervous/confused laugh thing)
Nice Lady: Nope. Have a great afternoon, miss!
It was the weirdest thing EVER and I walked out of there feeling like a freaking moron. She was nice to everyone else! What did I do wrong? You know, I’ve noticed there are a lot of ladies out there who just happen to have a cheerful voice that makes you automatically assume they have a personality to match, but they’re really just grumpy, EVIL jerks in disguise. It always throws me off.
What happened today got me thinking about another awkward situation I seem to find myself in pretty often. I’ve approached this scenario several different ways, none of which go over smoothly. Ever. See if you can relate.
How do you even respond to “What’s up?” I don’t know, I always find it a bit rude for some reason. Like the person is in too big of a hurry to have a full conversation with me and just wants me to get straight to the point already. Or they want to cut corners instead of just doing the polite thing of asking how I’m doing as well. I don’t know. I guess I’m just awkward? I’m getting old?
Or I’m just cranky and high maintenance. I know.
So, how do you normal people respond?