We all ask it and often as not respond with the same question, the standard, "fine," being taken for granted.
Not everyone takes the easy way out; I stopped by a Marsh supermarket for some hearty stew supplies and the checker was a man in late middle age who appeared to have been hit by a stroke or, more likely, one of the similar ills to which the flesh is heir. He'd mastered it, though, and while his mobility was limited and his speech a little slurred, he had a cheerful twinkle in his eyes and was moving groceries along quite briskly.
When my selections and I moved up opposite him, he smiled and asked, "How are you this evening?"
I'm conventional: "Very well. And how are you?"
His smile grew broad as he replied, "Unstoppable!"
I'd allow as how he was just that, too.
On reflection, it'd be a darned fine goal for the rest of us.
T. R. MCELROY'S STREAMLINED TELEGRAPH KEYS
3 months ago