Well, at any rate, I still have the problem, so what I've decided to say is "Yessiree!".
BTW if anyone thought this is a generational thing, I had a 70-year-old woman say it to me yesterday. And that was after I prepped her to be polite by starting the transaction with "Hi, how are you?" to which she said "fine" and then proceeded to not say "thank you" or "have a nice day" but the usual "there you go!" So if it's agism due to my white beard, then 70-year-olds practice agism. If it's something kids pick up in high school, then this 70-year-old woman was recently in high school. I personally think it's a meme, which means it will spread across the country, just like grunge did.
It'll take me some time to get over my life-long habit of saying thank you, by which time I'll be back home in Washington, where they actually always say "Thank you, have a nice day", and then of course I'll have to unlearn my SoCal reply....
No, really, I love Southern California. The weather's great. Hiking on weekends.... The bowling is cheap.... Traffic is a nightmare, but hey, whatever.
I'll be so glad to be going home!
"If it ain't workin', you're either throwing the ball wrong or throwing the wrong ball."
"Follow the oil!"
"Dry lanes ain't worth a shot!"
"I love the smell of lane conditioner in the morning!"
current avatar is Gabby Hayes. Looks a lot like me!