What should I have said?

What should I have said?

The other day, I was minding my own ginger-y business and walking down the street sans hat. I tell you that because after this incident, I've decided I should now always make sure to wear a hat to disguise my gingerness as much as possible.

And that's because, as I was crossing State Street, a random man passing through the crosswalk said under his breath, "I love gingers." I didn't even realize he was speaking to me until I was on the sidewalk, and he was in the middle of the street, and I turn, flashed a big toothy smile, and said, "Thank you", as if he was an elderly lady telling me how much she "just loves" my red hair. I recently met a guy in a crosswalk, so my immediate hunch was that this could be fate working its magic again, until I realized the guy's comment was of the whistling construction-worker variety.

The guy was shocked by my response, and afterward, I realized it was inappropriate, and a snarky comment would have been much more fitting. So I am asking you, my dear readers, to offer suggestions on what I should have said, what I should say next time and what gingers around the world should say in similar situations?

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    The Ginger Phile has had the unfortunate disposition of being a ginger since birth. She has tried various medications to cure her gingervitis, including therapies such as tantrum-throwing. Her efforts have been to no avail. Instead, she is trying to write it out, via this blog. Unfortunately, she doesn't think it will bear a soul for her. The Ginger Phile is from the exotic land of Wisconsin, where she had daily inner turmoil over whether she was a ginger or a daywalker. So far, three of three votes say daywalker. She begs to differ, as someone recently told her they would want to be with her if they were biking at night because she is so pale.

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