I was at a party last night, and as I was introduced to a French girl, she kissed me on the cheek and started to walk away, I said,
I am not lucky because I got two kisses, I am a lucky man because I understand that French culture gives two kisses. I also know in Thailand that I am suppose to give a high Y as a form of respect and in the USA I shake their hand with a firm grasp and look them in the eyes.
Do you know how to say hello to your world properly?
Finally forwarded your blog adress to a few hundred of my yahoo contacts so hope your readership gets a bump. Will do the same with our msn contacts soon. So here's one for you which nationality says hello or goodbye with 3 kisses? the Dutch? or Danish? or ? It's great to cross paths with people at private parties you share a similar mindset and enhance your energy.
Guess I still feel more comfortable with hugging friends than the European habit of kissy cheek. Still find giving firm handshakes and eye contact a way of getting my first impression of someone I meet or am introduced to at any social gathering. On our last trip to Hawaii to visit our daughter we were introduced to a 30 y.o. guy she was dating who gave the limpest handshake I can remember so before leaving I couldn't help sharing the fact with our daughter and the impression it gave me. I was happy to hear a few weeks later she stopped dating the guy.
I had a friend say, you are trying to provoke, while in reality I believe honest thoughts are provocative, I am honest, therefore I am inherently provocative, I am trying to be honest, seems to be as rare as common sense.