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talk-to-me powder

I generally like, or at least don't mind, people talking to me, but I *do* notice when it's out of the ordinary. Today, I have the distinct impression that I'd inadvertently sprinkled myself with talk-to-me powder.

First in the supermarket, a girl stocking the shelves, looked up as I approached and said, "Is it raining outside?" (It's not; it's a sunny day.)

"No," I told her, "It's still clear out."

"It's just... " she indicated a rumbling noise coming from overhead. "It sounds like thunder."

"Hmmm, yeah, it does. Could it be the air conditioning units?" We mused for a few minutes more and then I went on with my shopping.

Next, as I was gazing abstractedly at the grass-fed beef, a man came up to me and said, "Is this the grass-fed beef?"

"Yes, all of this," I said. There were about three shelves of little one-pound packages.

"Oh! And it's only $7.00 a pound! That's better than at [competitor supermarket]. Over there it's $9.00."

"Then this is a bargain," I said, though I don't really know what constitutes a bargain in the area of sustainably raised beef. In the end I didn't buy any--I don't know whether the man did or not.

Last was at the farm stand across the way from the supermarket. There's a young guy staffing it, vaguely familiar looking. He obviously had the same feeling about me, because he abruptly said,

"Whose mom are you? You look really familiar."

"What year did you graduate?" I ask back, and it's the same year as my youngest, which is complicated, because (a) she detested high school, and (b) about six months after graduating--and moving overseas--she came out as trans female.... which means her classmates knew her as a boy.

Always in these situations I have to make a snap decision: go into the story, or don't go into the story. This kid seemed friendly enough, but I have no idea what kind of relationship he and my youngest had, or if they even crossed paths. So I asked him if he knew [child's old name] and he said yes, that they'd been in band together.

"Tell him I say hello," he said.

"What's your name?" I asked.

He told me. I reported the whole thing to my youngest via messages. She said asking abrupt questions was very much that guy's personality. I said maybe it wasn't him; after all, I'd been wearing talk-to-me powder.

This entry was originally posted at https://asakiyume.dreamwidth.org/892017.html. Comments are welcome at either location.


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Aug. 21st, 2018 02:13 am (UTC)
You have just spent the day as a Wise Woman, she who knows the weather and the harvest- and high school kids.
Aug. 21st, 2018 02:27 am (UTC)
LOL, whoever was handing out roles this morning made a mistake. But hey, it was interesting to walk in those shoes for a day.
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Aug. 21st, 2018 06:33 pm (UTC)
Have you had similar experiences?
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Aug. 21st, 2018 05:27 pm (UTC)
You must have a "friendly aura" around you.

-actually, I don't really like that word aura so lets just say you must look like a friendly person-
Aug. 21st, 2018 06:33 pm (UTC)
I would love it if I seem like a friendly person!
Aug. 21st, 2018 09:04 pm (UTC)
That happens to me a lot, especially in supermarkets. Perhaps it's a vestige of when I worked in one in high school, or that I just look like I know what I'm doing, but people ask me questions all the time, or little old ladies ask me to get things down from the top shelf (I am rather tall). I help the little old ladies, but if someone asks me if something's on sale, I tell them to maybe ask someone who works there. ;)
Aug. 22nd, 2018 02:34 am (UTC)
If I *knew* whether the item was on sale or not, I'd probably tell them, but otherwise, yeah!
Aug. 22nd, 2018 02:31 am (UTC)
; )

talk to me...

i like it. it would be a great solution to get the attention of people on cellphones, blow chalk in their faces!

Aug. 22nd, 2018 02:33 am (UTC)
Re: ; )
Hahaha--I hadn't thought of that possibility!!
Aug. 22nd, 2018 03:45 am (UTC)
Re: ; )
LOL feel free to spread it around )))
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