Now the following story will make perfect sense. Last week, I got off the train and started heading for work. A couple blocks away, I recognized a young woman that gets on the train at my station. It was odd, because with the regularity of the train, you usually see the same people at the same time.
She was right ahead of me. She stopped at the same intersections that I did. She made the same turns that I did. My internal dialogue went something like this:
That's odd, I don't remember seeing her on this street.
Wow, this is bizarre, she's going right toward my office.
Oh man, she's actually going into my office.
Should I say something? Christ, she probably thinks I'm a stalker. She's probably scared of me at this moment.
AND OF COURSE she's going to my elevator bank. Should I wait? No, that would be too weird.
Don't make eye contact, don't make eye contact.
Maybe I should just say hi.
Thankfully, the elevator ride was short. I got off on the first stop, and went about my day. Today, after I finished watching "The Magnificent Seven," I packed up and went down to the boarding area on the train. This same woman was there.
Now, at this point, I was fully caffeinated and in a much better mood (coming home from work as opposed to going to it). Before I could say hello, my internal dialogue started again.
Wait, is this too late? Is this like saying hello the second time you see someone in the morning? Jesus, that's a bad metaphor, it doesn't even make sense. I should probably say something so she knows I'm not some stalker or something.
By then the train stopped and the doors opened. I got off, and got in my car. Now, if I know people, I can be amusing, funny even. But if I don't know people, I generally stay to myself. The perfect example? Dear Wife and I were at Home Depot - which to me is like sun to a vampire. DW starts talking to this guy at the paint stand. Kids, paint, painting techniques. I was pissed enough to have to spend time with my skin burning off, and now DW is having a conversation with this guy she knows and she can't even introduce me.
We left and I said "Where did you know that guy from and why didn't you introduce me?"
"I didn't know him before."