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What Is Your Current Handshaking Policy?
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: July 15, 2021 03:14PM
During the Independence Day holiday, I rented outside space to an older man who had some stuff he wanted to store at my business. After completing the rental agreement and chatting for a bit, he was ready to leave and offered his hand for a handshake. I complied without even thinking about it.

Well, when I DID think about it later, it occurred to me that I haven't shook hands with anyone for over 16 months! I've been avoiding virtually everyone for the last year and a half, including handshaking (I always shook hands with my new tenants after signing the agreement).

The handshaking thing is a holdover from my days as a skilled tradesman. We worked at a complex that had over 52,000 people working there at its peak, and when I became a tradesman, it was something I learned that we always shook hands with fellow tradesmen when we crossed paths. To not shake hands was equal to an insult.

So, how do you handle (ha!) handshaking in these days of pandemic/lockdown? Refuse outright? go along, or what?



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Re: What Is Your Current Handshaking Policy?
Posted by: Fritz
Date: July 15, 2021 03:21PM
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Re: What Is Your Current Handshaking Policy?
Posted by: fauch
Date: July 15, 2021 03:26PM
I never stopped...
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Re: What Is Your Current Handshaking Policy?
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: July 15, 2021 03:31PM
not at all



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Re: What Is Your Current Handshaking Policy?
Posted by: AllGold
Date: July 15, 2021 03:40PM
I have never liked handshakes.

I was grateful that the pandemic give me a good excuse to avoid them.

I've had a few handshakes recently. I don't like them but will do them. But I consider my hand contaminated until I can sanitize or wash it.







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Re: What Is Your Current Handshaking Policy?
Posted by: Michael
Date: July 15, 2021 03:45PM
Started handshaking again 2 weeks (or so!) after I got vaccinated. There are still a lot of people in my circle who don't so I'm not doing it very often.
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Re: What Is Your Current Handshaking Policy?
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: July 15, 2021 03:49PM
I do eye contact and head nod. Good enough for me.



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Re: What Is Your Current Handshaking Policy?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: July 15, 2021 04:00PM
Handshaking is something my father instilled in me as a youngster. It is too much of my makeup not to do it.

Dad was a skilled tradesman, possibly at the same complex as Rick-O.



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Re: What Is Your Current Handshaking Policy?
Posted by: Mr645
Date: July 15, 2021 04:06PM
No problem with handshakes.
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Date: July 15, 2021 04:07PM
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Re: What Is Your Current Handshaking Policy?
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: July 15, 2021 04:16PM
Whatever the other person is most comfortable with, but I have started shaking hands again.



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Re: What Is Your Current Handshaking Policy?
Posted by: SDGuy
Date: July 15, 2021 04:22PM
fistbump
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Re: What Is Your Current Handshaking Policy?
Posted by: d4
Date: July 15, 2021 04:33PM
Hands at your sides and bow deeply. Hold for 2 seconds. In order for it to become socially acceptable in Western culture I think I will need to get social media influencers on board with this first.



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Re: What Is Your Current Handshaking Policy?
Posted by: graylocks
Date: July 15, 2021 04:38PM
i clasp my hands in front of my chest like the thanks emoji and make a slight head nod bow type movement.



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Re: What Is Your Current Handshaking Policy?
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: July 15, 2021 05:20PM
I don't go out of my way or offer them, but I will reciprocate as long as they look healthy and the hand is clean.



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Re: What Is Your Current Handshaking Policy?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: July 15, 2021 05:26PM
it's no different than touching a surface that may or may not be contaminated with covid. Wash your hands frequently, and don't touch your eyes or stick fingers in your mouth. I keep a pump bottle of hand cleaner in my driver's door pocket. And wash very well whenever I have access to a restroom, and as soon as I come inside at home.

I still wear a mask when I leave home too. I've watched someone die of Covid, have you?



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Re: What Is Your Current Handshaking Policy?
Posted by: Mr Downtown
Date: July 15, 2021 05:27PM
No problem shaking hands. Or lots of other things—library books, hotel breakfasts, water fountains, subway seats—that people are still being silly about.

COVID is an airborne pathogen.
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Re: What Is Your Current Handshaking Policy?
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: July 15, 2021 05:36PM
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No problem shaking hands. Or lots of other things—library books, hotel breakfasts, water fountains, subway seats—that people are still being silly about.

COVID is an airborne pathogen.

Mainly, but you know people do sneeze on things or in their hands and touch something. It is possible to transfer via contact points but no where near as likely or high a risk as originally thought. Schools have been wiping down surfaces to combat the flu for years. It does make a difference, but not as a big a difference as if the sick person wasn't there or was masked.



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Re: What Is Your Current Handshaking Policy?
Posted by: PeterB
Date: July 15, 2021 06:15PM





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Re: What Is Your Current Handshaking Policy?
Posted by: DinerDave
Date: July 15, 2021 06:33PM
Depends on the other individual.

I try to gauge what their comfort level is. Being fully vaccinated and still constantly
sanitizing surfaces all day at work I feel comfortable with handshaking.

Like Fritz said above, the food service style elbow bump is always an option.


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Re: What Is Your Current Handshaking Policy?
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: July 15, 2021 06:46PM
maybe sometime in 2025 if we get lucky
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Re: What Is Your Current Handshaking Policy?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: July 15, 2021 06:50PM
.....like to.....Shake......Rattle.....and Roll......



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Re: What Is Your Current Handshaking Policy?
Posted by: testcase
Date: July 15, 2021 06:56PM
Well, if you stop posting here, at least we'll have a clue as to what happened to you.......


For myself, I can't remember the last time I shook hands.
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Re: What Is Your Current Handshaking Policy?
Posted by: kj
Date: July 15, 2021 07:21PM
For now, could change, but I'm pretty much back to pre-covid. I did get in the habit of fist-bumps though, and that has somewhat persisted, at least with people who wouldn't think you're goofy.
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Re: What Is Your Current Handshaking Policy?
Posted by: August West
Date: July 15, 2021 07:54PM
Reasonable criteria:

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Re: What Is Your Current Handshaking Policy?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: July 15, 2021 09:18PM
I’m back to it. But still use hand sanitizer.
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Re: What Is Your Current Handshaking Policy?
Posted by: Ammo
Date: July 15, 2021 10:17PM
I think holding your hand over your heart with eye contact is a nice way to say either hello or thank you.



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Re: What Is Your Current Handshaking Policy?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: July 15, 2021 10:44PM
.....what about bumping loins......???



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Re: What Is Your Current Handshaking Policy?
Posted by: ArtP
Date: July 15, 2021 10:59PM
I am still a fan of the fist bump - used it today with a company rep that came to my job that I hadn't seen in 2 or 3 years.

Funny thing is an old friend of mine who has a rather crude personality and NEVER likes to shake hands (always a fist bump if anything in the 20 years I have known him).

I remember the first time I pondered why?

He said... "Think about the hand you wipe your ass with"

"Now think about the hand you jack off with"

Nuff said?
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Re: What Is Your Current Handshaking Policy?
Posted by: Michael
Date: July 16, 2021 05:21AM
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ArtP
I am still a fan of the fist bump - used it today with a company rep that came to my job that I hadn't seen in 2 or 3 years.

Funny thing is an old friend of mine who has a rather crude personality and NEVER likes to shake hands (always a fist bump if anything in the 20 years I have known him).

I remember the first time I pondered why?

He said... "Think about the hand you wipe your ass with"

"Now think about the hand you jack off with"

Nuff said?

That does reflect a somewhat crude personality. But, he's right on both counts!
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Re: What Is Your Current Handshaking Policy?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: July 16, 2021 09:07AM
.......can one just bump......and grind.....???



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Re: What Is Your Current Handshaking Policy?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: July 16, 2021 11:08AM
Also been shaking hands but I do use hand sanitizer much more often than I ever did previously. I'm of the opinion that hand sanitizer is not good for the individual over the long term nor for the overall long term health of building proper immunity in the younger years (most of us probably are no longer in that demographic).
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Re: What Is Your Current Handshaking Policy?
Posted by: Bernie
Date: July 16, 2021 12:29PM
Never been into the fist pump, but have done it a time or two. Don't do the elbow or a lot of this NWO crap.

I remember when Elmo was telling us to cough into our elbows. You can wash your hands a lot sooner than you are going to change that shirt.

Here we hug and shake hands.




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Re: What Is Your Current Handshaking Policy?
Posted by: tuqqer
Date: July 16, 2021 08:31PM
Gentle fist bump works for me. I also like the slightly deeper bow than just the simple head nod.



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Re: What Is Your Current Handshaking Policy?
Posted by: AllGold
Date: July 17, 2021 04:35PM
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I remember when Elmo was telling us to cough into our elbows. You can wash your hands a lot sooner than you are going to change that shirt.

Yeah, but do you open doors, type on keyboards, use a mouse, etc. with (the pit of) your elbow? How many things do you touch with your hands while on the way to wash them?



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