Yesterday I walked to work, as usual, looking to smile and make eye contact with at least one person in that 20 minutes. Sadly, it was not to be. Everyone who passed me was frowning, and either staring at their feet or at their phones. The few who looked up also carefully looked away as I passed. What are Easterners/NYers so afraid of??? If someone smiles at them — and if they did see it — will they lose a piece of their soul? Or worse, feel obligated to smile back?
Then suddenly a stomach exited a building, dragging its sheepish owner behind it, like the dogs I see in the Park walking their untrained owners.