No, it's not my latest idea for a game show but a dilemma I now find myself struggling with.
I'm an evening runner and it seems quite a popular time to be out and about. Last week, I passed at least 5 other runners and it occurred to me that either I don't know it or there isn't a universal greeting etiquette. Obviously the walkers "Good evening " accompanied by a nod is completely out - no spare breath for actual talking. So, I've plumped for the hapless grin combined with a dip of the head. This seems to be doing the trick. With runners that is.
The thorny issue of pedestrians is another matter. Most will kindly step aside when presented with a puce-faced, sweaty mound bearing down on them. Manners dictate a thank you of sorts. With no hope of speech, I've found myself giving them a grin and, wait for it, a thumbs up. Seriously. A thumbs up in the 21st century. Not even the Fonz can pull that off these days.
So, I wonder. Am I alone in this social etiquette quagmire? Maybe you favour the half wave to fellow runners, so beloved by Beetle and bus drivers. Or is there some sort of secret signal that will be divulged upon graduation?
I await feedback with bated breath...