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September 3, 2006

Being in LA and on an unrleated note, running into people and being jokingly accused of following them

So I'm in LA for the week for a Robin's Big Date (aka, the movie that will not die) screening. But I wanted to share a thought. You ever run into someone twice within a brief period of time? And then the say, "Are you following me, ha ha." I do. And the response I think but don't say, is "No. In fact, if it were possible, I'd like to know exactly where you were at all times just so that I could make sure that I wasn't there too." Thoughts on LA to come.

Posted by Will at September 3, 2006 1:16 PM


It's part of the American greeting ritual, according to the book Games People Play. With casual acquaintances we usually greet with an eight stroke ritual: 1.Hi 2. Hi 3. Nice day 4. Might rain 5. Well take care 6. See ya 7. Later 8. Later. Now if you run into that person a little while later, with no new business to "transact", people usually say something like "Following me?" or they just nod or smile.

There's whole other set of "strokes", if you go away for a while; like say you're gone for a month, you owe that person like 30 strokes. And if you don't give it to them, well, they may be mad at you and not know why.

Social Science.

Posted by: su mo at September 5, 2006 9:25 PM