The Big Daddy worked for several years with a guy from Canada. Eh. He had many observations about Americans including the fact that whenever somebody says "thank you" to one of us we respond with..........
Got you covered.
..............but we rarely, if ever, say "you're welcome." And he was right.
I have found that I start most conversations with "hey."
Hey, how's it going?
Hey, it's been a long time.
Hey, I've been meaning to call you.
Hey, are you getting hungry yet?
Hey, where's my glasses?
You can only imagine how many times I've cracked myself up since I started working with a woman named Jude.