It’s a pretty rare occasion that I’m actively thinking that I’m not really doing so great, so when it does happen I’m very conscious of how I’m putting my best face forward when an innocuous greeting like this comes up. But I’m not the kind of person who would dump their life story on a perfect stranger and potentially ruin their day because they’re just trying to be nice.

That said, I feel like in San Diego the people who ask this might actually try to engage in conversation, but I’m still not the type of person who would want to do that. Especially if there were waiting customers in line behind me.