Okay, first of all, why.
I'm heading to the elevator in my company, the doors are closing but I manage to suimasen my way in. I tell one of the dudes in the elevator 12th floor please.
An old dude Ive not seen before standing next to me says "nihongo jozu desu ne."
Okay, it really doesn't get to me that much. But its never happened in the elevator of my own goddemn company before.
I gave the standard reply and stood in awkward silence the rest of the minute up.
I suppose he was being friendly, and in some way the onus may have been on me to say something about the weather and just be friendly. (Note: Tokyo is steadily draining the friendly out of me.)
So aside from being rude or outright lying and saying I grew up in Japan and Im as Japanese as he is (just for the mindfeck value), I couldnt think of anything clever to say.
Anyone know any poems or lines from books that, even in if not 100% appropriate, would give the bugger something to ponder and just emphasize the fact that complimenting someone on saying "12th floor please" is beyond ridiculous.
I'm neither smart nor literary enough to come up with such prose on my own, my own creations being likely to either prompt more "sugoi"s or just be rude.
Haaaaalp me pleeeeeese...