“Hi” I respond. Usually. People are always yelling “Hello” and contrary to the Asian stereotype of pronouncing L’s like R’s (Herro), they seem to over-pronounce the L. HELLLLLO! Like that. Some people get annoyed. But, I don’t really. If I don’t respond then I’m clearly in a bad mood. But the other day, some guy yelled HELLO in my face, and when I said, “Hello” back to him, he yelled, “HELLO!!!!” again. Baffled at how to respond I kept walking. He was definitely a crazy, but he looked at me with such great expectations of a response that I felt at a complete loss.
“This weather is absolutely abominable, wouldn’t you agree there fine homeless man?” I could have said that, I guess.