It does throw me off a bit when people say 'Don't start a conversation by saying Hi! How are you?' What do you want me to say? Do people seriously come to you in real life and say "Gleeblegloob" instead of Hi? Don't be silly. I, unlike them and possibly you, don't take it as offensive or boring as it is a perfectly acceptable greeting in the Western Hemisphere.
We can't all be that shy can we? Well yes. I am very shy at first. This is why I just look at people at the moment. Take it as a first message, and say hello or start a topic. I know that may sound boring or a cop-out, but I genuinely don't know how to start a conversation on this sort of thing, (without saying 'Hi!') but once I get going I get going!
To myself, I think I look quite good (I've looked better though) but to most I probably look like a Bulldog chewing a Wasp but as long as you're cool, I'm cool.
I have now pitched up in Leeds, however you will find me in lots of places including Manchester (down t'road) and London (dahn sarf) and other towns and villages that take my fancy (suggestions welcome!).
That's me. Now let's get it on.