Its amazing how we learn to adapt to situations in life. But sometimes some repetitive situations still never fail to amaze us and freeze us.
Off late, I've learnt I need to look at things at face value. Not too deep, not too far. Just the right distance from your face.
That's the best way to deal with all kinds of people.... face value... till your sure you can take it further. Or else its still safe, from where you stand.
And the best part! I can now have fun without expecting or giving! :)