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I Don’t Know

Today was a glorious day. The sun was shining, there was a cool breeze. And I managed to break away from my computer for a while in the late afternoon and go for a lovely little walk in my neighborhood.

While I was out, I overheard the following exchange:

Man on the sidewalk, talking to another man who approached him and shook his hand:  How are you?

Other man: I don’t know.

I kept walking, so I didn’t get to hear what was said next. But I was tempted to stop and listen.

How are you? It’s a question we ask, and are asked, so often that it’s become meaningless. It was refreshing to hear someone give what sounded like an honest answer.

I don’t know.

At any given time, I have no fucking clue how I am. Not really. Sometimes when asked, how are you?, I’ll respond with, I’m working on it. But that’s not a how. That’s just avoiding the question.



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4 to “I Don’t Know”

  1. Trevor says:

    I like to give meaningless one word answers. Yesterday someone asked how how are you and I just said “Fresh.” It made them laugh, which doesn’t usually happen when someone asks “How are you”, let’s face it.
    How are you?
    Other answers:
    Cynical but alive
    Tough like Bogart

  2. NikkiB says:

    Personally? I’ve actually hated this question for the past, oh I don’t know, month or so. People want you to say “fine” but when you answer honestly with something like “I’m shitty, thanks for asking”, they look at you like you grew a second head. It’s like the quickest way to stop small talk on a dime.

    Of course, it’s also one way to know you’re talking to someone close to you or just the poor chick behind the counter at the sandwich place.
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  3. EvolvingWife says:

    I think “good question” would be more interesting than, “I don’t know.” Then again, that’s me.
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  4. LadyD says:

    My usual response to “How are you?” I look straight at the person and reply: “Vertical!” Shuts ’em up every time! ;-p

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