We are a small town. I like to get to know my neighbors before they start in on religion or politics. -- you know, small doses just to see how the wind is blowing.
If I were to go into the local coffee shop, I'd stroll in and say, "hey, how ya doing? I teach 8th graders. What do you teach? Whacha think about the last election?" Kind of ease my way into things.
Besides, I spend so much of my time here deleted posts that aren't from teachers -- rather they are from someone trying to sell us something -- that I may be more skeptical when I see posts from folks who haven't taken the time to have a cup of coffee first.