Those of us that frequent Reading station will be familiar with the 3 or 4 different faces we see at the ticket barriers every day. This is especially true for me as I can't be bothered to get my season ticket out of my wallet so I walk up to the gate and just flash my ticket at him without actually getting it out.
I always make a point of saying good morning/ evening or thankyou to these chaps because so many people pass by without so much as a smile.
I do this also because it makes me feel a bit special and better than everyone else...
Anyway, today on my way home, the chap at the gate was looking the other way. I said to him:
"Good evening chief".. he looked round in suprise, then recognition and said:
"Alright bruv?" and gave me an affectionate tap on my elbow.
I can honestly say this brought a smile to my face after a difficult day and put me in a good mood for the faultless journey home.