Comments on "Shaking hands is illogical" - Faerye Net 2009-10-26T09:34:19+00:00 Re: Japanese approach? 2009-10-26T09:34:19+00:00 2009-10-26T09:34:19+00:00 <p>Bowing is super-complicated. There&#8217;s all this detail about how low you bow to whom, and I don&#8217;t think it&#8217;d go over well here.</p> <p>I&#8217;ve never heard that about shaking hands, sister sledge, but I find it hard to credit&#8212; hasn&#8217;t shaking hands been around a looooong time? We probably should look it up. I wonder if it has anything to do with swearing fealty &#8212; when you swore fealty, you put your hands together and the lord put his on either side (it&#8217;s why most Christians pray with their hands together &#8212; it was originally a way of establishing God as part of the feudal system, and thus legitimizing the feudal system.)</p> Felicity Japanese approach? 2009-10-23T15:09:44+00:00 2009-10-23T15:09:44+00:00 <p>This is a great idea&#8230;I have always felt that shaking hands was a germy thing, and as I have aged, I find the occasional too &#8216;hard&#8217; hand shake can hurt my arthritic hands! We can do the &#8217;Live Long and Prosper non hand-shake, or we can perhaps bow, like the Japanese culture does? sds</p> suzette shoulders hand-shaking 2009-10-23T14:26:59+00:00 2009-10-23T14:26:59+00:00 <p>At the Abbey, someone said that the origin of hand-shaking is from the &#8220;Old West&#8221;&#8212;you shook hands to show the other person, and for them to show you, that neither of you had a gun in your hand as you approached and met them!</p> sister_sledge Great idea! 2009-10-23T13:48:28+00:00 2009-10-23T13:48:28+00:00 <p>Wahoo! What a GREAT idea! And we DO all want to &quot;live long and prosper&#8217;! Kudos to the clever mind that thought this up! ss</p> suzette Shoulders Re: More alternatives 2009-10-23T12:15:47+00:00 2009-10-23T12:15:47+00:00 <p>I&#8217;m not sure those take into account the target cultural milieu of science fiction convention :P</p> Felicity More alternatives... 2009-10-23T10:58:40+00:00 2009-10-23T10:58:40+00:00 <p>&#8212;Dress up in full Mad-Men type attire, including white gloves! <br /> &#8212;Chest bump?</p> Jeannine Hall Gailey