Gabriel Shaya
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What's it to You?

December 1, 2009 @ 2:21 AM | Permalink

The way greetings are expressed here is something you have to get used to.  At first, I found if them to be quite annoying, but now I find them endearing.

Many standard greetings are actually questions about your day's activities that might seem like none of the asker's business.  Usually if you run into someone they will first ask you where you have been, or where you are going.  Second, they may inquire as to if you have eaten already.  If you respond that you have, they may even ask you what you ate!  My favorite (or, maybe least favorite) is when people ask if you have showered already.  This always makes you question if its an odor that prompted the question.  If you see a friend at the market, they will almost certainly ask what you came to buy.  (Or, if you are already holding purchases, they will ask how much you paid for them.)  These questions are not considered to be probing.  They are simply polite, but the asker usually expects a truthful response.  

I have learned to either bite my tongue and answer accordingly (though I am tempted to report back that it doesn't concern them), or I deflect the questions with a funny answer.  If someone has asked me where I have been, I might tell him or her that I've just come back from riding a tiger.  If they have asked me if I have showered I might respond that, of course- I shower every month.



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Gabe, When I see you next, can we drink beer with ice, and can we line dance, the whole time twirling our hands? I miss you very much. Love, Mafalda

Mafalda Marrocco on One BeerLao, Please. With Ice. 2009-09-02

This is so cool. You are the greatest. Keep up the good work . The world needs more people like you. Enjoy your journey. Julie Nguyen, Potomac, MD

Julie Nguyen on One BeerLao, Please. With Ice. 2009-09-04

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