Today's chat transcript
By Robin Abrahams
Is online here. An excerpt:
sneezer: in this weather i find myself sneezing a lot outside, while walking down busy city streets. I've never heard a bless you, and I know I'm around strangers while sneezing, but they hear my sneeze... is it appropriate for a "bless you" or is it really not a big deal?
Robin_Abrahams: In another part of the country one might say "bless you" to a stranger, but Bostonians generally value leaving each other alone with their thoughts. I don't think it is unfriendliness, it's a combination shyness and almost exaggerated respect for privacy. (At least that's this transplanted midwesterner's analysis.)