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    I'm not the most sociable person in the world. Neither am I usually stand-offish or rude with people.

    Walking up to total strangers in the street is not something that I do. The possible excuses being that I'm in too much of a hurry or I'm afraid of looking like more of a weirdo than I already view myself.

    And walking is where this starts. I'm an inveterate pedestrian and public transport user. Today I was doing my pedestrian thing by walking the two miles from my home to Greenock town centre.

    It was a pleasant day, the sun was shining and there was a bit of a friendly chill in the air. There were even a lot of people out walking their dogs.

    Even the sun dazzling me at times didn't seem to bother me as much.

    My route takes me past a primary school.

    Today when I was passing, I see woman who must be in her fifties and coming the opposite way, smiling in my direction. I don't recognise her so my assumption is that there is someone walking behind me that she knows.

    This smiling lady stops and says, "This place brought back memories."

    What followed was a few minutes of this woman telling me her son went to this school and that it was terrible that money being spent on 'louts on methadone' could be used to maintain schools. Then she carried on her way.

    It sounds like the conversation was quite negative, but this woman was smiled and pleasant all the time.

    It actually had me smiling for quite some time after and made me wonder: why don't more people do that?

    • CommentAuthormunin218
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th 2008
    I definately find it interesting that in an age where so many technologies exist to keep up more connected, we're more apart than ever. We have discussions daily with people an ocean away, and most of us probably don't know our physical neighbors.