I remember when I first went to the East Coast, and found that people said “what’s up?” instead of hello, and it took me some months to realize no one really wanted an answer. Months which I spent yelling responses to people walking the other direction.

Now, whenever colleagues say, “we should do coffee”, I say, “what’s your schedule looking like?” But people seem to be really busy.

Is this just another “what’s up?” thing, where people don’t really mean it?