He called him dude, and he asked him a question and said hey man.

He was talking to my father.  My father is 80.

It struck me as an odd way to address a soft spoken well mannered man like my father.    It also struck me as odd that my father seemed to like the conversation.

I guess he respected my father and I guess that my father respected him.  They were strangers until this conversation.

Maybe my father didn’t feel 80 when the young man addressed him as dude.

I really didn’t understand, but it did make me smile.

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