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  1. Suzanne
    August 26, 2017 @ 10:05 pm

    Let your smile and hello greeting light up the elevator! You haven’t any clue what is on the man’s mind. And always wish him a great day in any language you choose. I love telling someone that I hope they have an even better day than me like when a sales person tells me to have a great day during check out, my typical response is, “you have a better one”. It nearly always takes them by surprise! So even if he doesn’t respond or initiate any conversation you still may have given him something he needed!


  2. Terry
    August 22, 2017 @ 9:53 pm

    I’d behave as if he were friendly:
    Greet him, commence small talk, bid him goodbye. He’ll either find it annoying or a relief!


  3. Amy M.
    August 22, 2017 @ 8:48 pm

    I’m not sure what you should say to the silent guy because your essay reminded me of what I always do the second I step into an elevator, provided there are other people inside: I immediately size up each one, estimating size and agility, in case one of them needs to climb through the emergency hatch on the ceiling. When I’m the only one there, I mentally hasten the climb between floors. (Keeps me from noticing conversations, or the absence thereof. 🙂


  4. Dee
    August 22, 2017 @ 6:53 pm

    After the ride in the elevator, just say “have a good day” when leaving!


  5. Audrey Wiggins
    August 22, 2017 @ 4:43 pm

    I agree, say hello and smile. This will eventually wear him down and he’ll come over to the bright side. At the very least you and Fred will have a great day.


  6. marie gilbert
    August 22, 2017 @ 3:50 pm

    I would continue to say hello and smile. You will slowly chip away at the wall & hopefully he’ll begin to look forward to your greetings…or…maybe he’s really a serial killer who promised himself to do away with the next person who says hello to him in the elevator….Oh wait, laughing out loud!!!! that’s a prompt for a short story that I’m writing. I couldn’t help myself, Tobi. I love you.


    • Tobi Schwartz-Cassell
      August 22, 2017 @ 4:06 pm

      Hahaha! I love you too, Marie! And best of luck with the short story. Tell us the name of your newest book and where our readers can purchase it!


  7. Jayne Weiner
    August 21, 2017 @ 9:22 pm

    Maybe you need to tell home what a good and handsome boy he is, lol!


  8. Shaina Galley
    August 21, 2017 @ 9:21 pm

    Wear him down with a smile and a good morning. Either he’ll get on the same page or start taking the stairs and either is a win.


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