"How are you?" - I heard some gossip about you the other day I'm just getting some dirt to bitch about
"How are you and....."/"How's your...." - You didn't tell me about it, maybe if I ask you this way
"Oh! You're (going) on holiday?" - BINGO! Change to nab a souvenir spot!
"Are you back from .... yet?" - Did they get me anything?
to be continued.