Not that I want to date myself, but I can remember a time that when you met someone, man or woman, you extended
Whatever happened to that? These days, you literally have to guess what to do when you meet or greet someone. I go to many events, both socially and for my job, and I meet people from all walks of life.
Maybe it’s just me, but I have trouble synching up with the person in front of me for a simple greeting.
Let’s start with the handshake, from me to another man. Usually if the man is my age or older, it’s pretty straightforward with the classic handshake.
That is, unless he’s a politician. In that case, he will grip my right hand with his, but his left hand will lock in around my right wrist like a handcuff, so I can’t pull away until he releases my wrist. The variation on that is his left hand goes on top of our clenched right hands, kind of like icing on a cake. Again, I can’t let go until he decides to. The last one for politicians is where he’s shaking my right hand, and his left hand goes into my wallet pocket. Just kidding.
The next category is shaking hands with someone younger, or during a sports-related occasion. You clench their hand like you’re arm wrestling. Some guys immediately drop it down from that position into where you clench hands like you’re thumb wrestling. Most times I’ll miss part two of that end up grabbing air.
The really young guys start with the arm-wrestling grip, then they pull you in shoulder-to-shoulder and give you a hug with their left arm. It’s cooler than it sounds.
you want to treat them equally, and most times I do, but this she’s going to give you a cheek-press air kiss.
I will never initiate that unless it’s a good friend or relative. But I think the woman is also not sure which way to go and doesn’t want to appear unfriendly. Nine times out of 10, it goes like this for me when meeting a woman:
I will extend my right hand for a handshake and notice, after a split-second of hesitation, as she starts to lean in, I’m assuming, to complete the cheek-press air kiss. Since I’m already three seconds behind, I rapidly correct and move my head forward like a guided missile to her cheek. I end up colliding into her cheek with mine and subsequently have to apologize.
Leave it to me to have to apologize for an air kiss. firstname.lastname@example.org