Today I recieved my first "salam" from a stranger in my community. I had heard reverts talk about this before, but had never experienced it myself :P
I was in Wal-mart shopping for broccoli and I walked around the corner of the produce section with my mom who has flaming red hair and was wearing a fuscia top with denim shorts, lol. These two guys looked up when I came around and looked me right in the face, which is not a normal reaction to someone in hijab here in the west. They looked at me all covered and said "asalamu alaikum" and I said "wa alaikum asalam" and kept walking. One of them called after me "where are you from?" and I wanted to be like "who cares?" but I said "I'm from here." and the guy said "Oh wow, that is fantastic." haha. That was it. Nothing else happened. But still it made me feel like was part of the community you know? Cool. Although it did make me a smidge uncomfortable when he looked straight at me. I wasn't really expecting that...
Also I saw a lady from the masjid with two of her children at Hobby Lobby. Her daugher is close to my age and attends my university and her son I think is in high school. They are all from Saudi. And let me tell you, mashaAllah her son did such a great job of lowering his gaze when I said salam to his sister and mother. My mom kept an eye on him while I was greeting the ladies, lol.
Anyway, everyone should definitely give salams when they see another muslim around. It feels really cool :-D