In social situations, I have two moves essentially: a handshake and a shoulder pat. Those mundane motions have allowed me to pass through the routine without pain for the better part of my life. Now, when I meet and greet someone younger, I have no idea what the appropriate signal for that event might be and neither do I have any inclination to learn such a new and very complicated bag of tricks
My limbs suddenly get tongue tied if that’s at all possible. My arms, hands and shoulders get tied into knots. It must be possible since that is exactly what I experience during these uncivilized social occasions.
Human sensibility and communication plays a big role in my choices for human interaction. I can tell a lot about a person by the manner in which he reacts to my handshakes. For example, in response to my shake, will I get a firm handshake or a wishy washy one in return? Does his hand quiver? Sweat? Is his hand cold or does it tremble? Perhaps that is exactly why some prefer the fist bump or finger roll technique over a firm handshake.
When I meet someone, I do what society expects-- or rather what it used to expect back in the day. I shake hands out of respect. I don’t want any part of someone’s finger and hand ritual. So, dispense with your rituals, shake my hand -- or don’t. I choose not to take part in your theatrics. Sorry, I shake hands,
Think about the origins of the silliness. Beginning with street gangs all the way to prison, secret handshakes originated as a method of identification and are used to identify one gang from another.
If you have no respect for yourself and have no idea what polite interaction demands, continue your childish crude hand signals I ‘ll stick with shakes, thank you.
Grow up quit playing the fool. Let’s shake on it.