One day, rather than averting my eyes and hurrying past, I looked directly at him and smiled (while hurrying past). Seeing that I wasn't stopping to give him anything, he said, "Have a good day, sweetheart," and I replied, "You too." After that, we started to acknowledge one another on a regular basis.
When the weather got colder, I began to add comments like, "Stay warm!" and "Make sure you get inside soon." Therefore, it was not unusual for me to tell him, a few days ago, "Put on some gloves! Your hands must be freezing."
"Nah, I don't like 'em," he replied. "Too constrictive."
I continued to walk past, when suddenly, out of the blue, he added, "And your husband, get him to root for the Steelers!"
Turning in shock, I smiled and raised my hands in the air. "I'm from Pittsburgh. I'm going to root for the Steelers!"
And then I went home and informed my boyfriend, who is a Cowboys fan, that he is required to root for the Steelers. Because even a homeless man said so.