When I used to take the train into work, I would see the same people every day and just kind of head-nod to them like ‘hey random person, good to see you and know that I haven’t shifted universes overnight’
What’s even more interesting is seeing these people ‘out of context’. Myself-I’ve seen fellow train riders and familiar strangers in grocery stores and shopping centers in our town. It weirds me out because I want to greet them but have never interacted with them (much or at all) on the train.
My wife is a pre School teacher and when she sees her students outside of school, they give her that incredulous look of disassociation.
People who work on the same floor as you, who you have never interacted with beyond something like holding a door open or something like that
There’s a checkout clerk at my local convenience store where I get gas and breakfast once a week or so. She’s the sweetest lady I’ve ever met. Calls customers “darlin'” and “love” and “baby.” She’s obviously going through some health issues, she’s lost her hair, her voice goes in and out, and sometimes she’s not working for a few weeks, then returns.
I only know her name because of her name tag, but I make a point to to go through her line. We chat, only briefly, because she has a line and a job to do.
In my heart I truly love this “familiar stranger.” If the definition includes “we don’t interact,” well, I guess it doesn’t qualify. But I don’t know any more about her than what I’ve described. I’m just another friendly customer to her.
Be nice to your retail workers. They don’t get enough appreciation.
Like the guy with the mullet and the windbreakers who power walks through my neighborhood every day. 80s guy is a rad dude.