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How do people who don’t work M-F…

…feel about hearing “Happy Friday”?

The timing of greetings

It's really no big deal to wish someone a “Merry Christmas” and then see that person the next day and repeat the process.

It's almost inevitable. You can't always know someone's work schedule or whether you will see that individual at some subsequent social occasion.

And, of course, you can't ever tell when you will simply bump into someone again and again after wishing him or her a happy holiday.

But now we're in the home stretch. You can say “Have a Merry Christmas” today without the silent P.S., “Of course, I'll probably see you 16 more times before the holiday actually arrives.”

Here’s the scenario

You're out walking in downtown Spokane.

You see someone coming who looks familiar. You can't place him. But you are pretty sure you have crossed paths with this person at one time or another.

So you say “Hello.”

And Mystery Man just walks on by without saying anything.

What to conclude?

A) He has a hearing impairment. B) He was lost in deep thought. C) You don't really know him and so he didn't realize the greeting was intended for him. D) You do know him but can't recall the context because you dismissed him as a jerk long ago. E) He does not like you either. F) Whatever the circumstances, he's not worth two more seconds of consideration.

I went with F.

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Features writer Paul Turner is a columnist for The Spokesman-Review in the Features department. He writes "The Slice" column, which appears six times a week and produces general features stories for the Today section.

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