What do you say when....

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  1. JOKER96BRAVO
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    I started this thread cause I walked by a man and he had a cane.
    Rather than say anything I just keeped walking (as I always do).
    As I passed him He said "how you doin?"
    I said "fine, and you?"
    He said, "Not so good....... thanks"

    What do you say to something like that?

    Anyone else have one of those situations that might leave you speechless?
     
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    "I'm sorry.. Try to have a better day.." Smile, and keep walkin. :)
     
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    Sucks to be you..... later dude! (and keep on going - he is obviously looking for a sympathetic response)
     
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    I'd probably respond with something like "okay, whatever." No sense wasting time on somebody going out of their way to get others' sympathy.
     
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    Wow.. You guys are mean... Would it really kill you to just wish someone (even a stranger) well as you walk past, regardless of whatever ulterior motive you *think* they have?
     
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    I would say, "Hope it get's better!" and keep right on walking.
     
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    if you don't care how somebody is doing, don't ask. Instead of asking 'how are you?' state 'Hello!'

    If you have the desire to ask somebody 'how are you?', at least have the courtesy to ask 'oh! what's amattah?' if they respond without the cursory 'good' or 'fine'.
     
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    Ya know...You should learn this..If you don't want to know the answer, Don't ask the question.
     
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    Exactly D! If you ask, be ready to deal with the answer.
     
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    I would agree if you were speaking Russian. However in American English the question "How Ya Doin'?" is simply another greeting and deserves an innocuous response unless you are in a Doctor's office. If somebody comes back with "Life Sucks!" you say some other innocuous response like, "Yah, and death blows!" or something to that effect.

    If you ask somebody in Russian, "How are you feeling?" you are expecting them to tell you. If you ask "How are things?" that is the greeting question like "How are you?" in English. Different cultural areas have different responses but in American English the question "How are you doing?" is simply a greeting.
     

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