During a recent evening run on our towns excellent running/walking paths, I came up behind a guy out walking his dog. It struck me he looked a lot like our mayor. Alas, it was.
I joined him in walking and asked him "Does anyone ever say 'thank you' for these wonderful 20+ miles of walking paths?"
He laughed and said "No, I only hear the complaints when one of them has a crack in the asphalt!" We had a nice chat and he seemed to appreciate it.
It's cool to live in a town small enough to know and chat with the the mayor. It's also almost always good to encourage and pay a compliment.