Me again on observing human nature.
I cycle to work. Two or three times each week I see an elderly man walking his dog. We pass on a small bridle way. I've seen him every week throughout the year.
When I go hill walking I'm the sort who always says hello to walkers passing in the opposite direction, so I continue this act of courtesy on my flatland travels - when appropriate. As I pass this man daily I thought it would become an almost natural thing to do. In the early days I said good morning and got no response. I continued nodding, smiling etc each day and repeated this act for a few months and never got a response, most times he would avoid eye contact. Then he started to make eye contact, but still no response and what seemed like almost an aggressive stare. Eventually I gave up. I now find it really unnatural to pass without saying anything and also struggle to avoid eye contact. It all feels wrong.
Back to hill walking. When I was younger everyone said hello to each other.
A few years ago I started notice that more and more walk straight past.
Do I smell? Do I look threatening?...I hope not