On those who open with “Hey, how’s everybody doin’?”

Ugh. I am in an auditorium, awaiting to hear a lecture, or performance, or a talk, and I squirm in my seat as the presenter opens with, “Hey, how’s everybody doin’?”. Next there is some grumbling and grunting of “good”, “fine”, “Attica”, or something similar. And then the presenter says, “Oh, come on, you can do better than that… “, and repeats, “How’s everybody doin’?”

I squirm some more as we are forced to shout overlayed phrases of “Great”, “Fine”, “Yay”, (or “Attica”). I’m sorry; I do not like being my own warm up act. Perhaps a refresher in Public Speaking 101 is in order?