The other day, a nice guy on an elevator asked me a familiar small-talk question. “How goes the battle?” I can’t recall my answer. But I remember thinking afterward that a person in a town with a zillion military retirees really ought to be able to come up with a decent reply. So here are a few things I might say next time: “We are being routed on all fronts.” “They’ve taken the West Plains and Mead.” “If we don’t get some air support soon, we’re in trouble.” “We’ve been hit and are taking on water”/Paul Turner, The Slice, SR. More here.
Question: Do you ever tell someone how things really are when s/he gives you a generic greeting?