Jennifer Lyon

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011
Am I Invisible?

You know what’s really annoying? Running around doing errands, and deciding I’ll risk leaving milk waiting in the car to run into PetCo. Because Bailey should have a new toy for Thanksgiving right? And it’s not really hot.  A few minutes in the car shouldn’t spoil the milk.

So I trotted in and looked around. Finally I settled on two small toys and went up front to pay. It was a ghost town. No one there. I tried to find someone to help, but they were all busy or refusing to acknowledge that I was there.

Wait, it just occurred to me! Maybe I was invisible? Hey, what if I have the super power of invisibility and don’t even know it!

But I just realized the flaw in that theory–another customer saw me and even talked to me as we both tried to find someone, anyone, to take our money.  Bummer.

To spare you an even longer story, I’ll cut to the end.  I set the toys on the counter and walked out to rescue my milk.  The milk held up fine, but then I came home and managed to ruin some chicken I was trying to defrost in the microwave.  Something I can usually do with my eyes closed. Sigh.

At that point, I gave up trying to function in the real world and  escaped back into my fiction world.  No one ignores me there!

10 comments to “Am I Invisible?”

  1. Viki S.
    November 22nd, 2011 at 3:19 am · Link

    That is one thing that drives me crazy. They want our money so why won’t they wait on us. I’ve been known to yell and I do mean yell “HELLO” in a store if I’ve been waiting more than a couple minutes. It usually brings someone apologizing like crazy. When no one comes I do what you did and leave.
    I feel bad for poor Bailey because he does need a new Thanksgiving toy. I’m betting he’s like PeeWee and isn’t allowed people food because it upsets his belly. I try to have a special treat for him otherwise he feels left out.

  2. Shiloh
    November 22nd, 2011 at 8:36 am · Link

    Sometimes I like living in my fantasy worlds more too! In MY world I am the Queen, not just a poor schmuck trying to plod through life. :-| At least when you get on here you know you aren’t ignored! We love you!

    Poor Bailey, having to sacrifice a new toy in order to save the milk. What’s this world coming to!?! :wink: Seriously though, the only time I have that invisibility problem is when I walk into a hardware store or auto parts store. I think all the men see me coming and think “oh God, here comes that crazy woman who doesn’t know what the h@$% she’s talking about and describes everything in relation to small animals and baby toys! Run, hide!”

  3. B.E Sanderson
    November 22nd, 2011 at 9:01 am · Link

    Been there. I’m like Viki. I stand at the register saying ‘Hello’ in progressively louder increments until someone comes. Of course, I’ve also been known to wander off in search of some human to help me. Especially when I go to someplace like Petco, because I have to drive 2 hrs to get there and someone is going to help me, damnit.

    Poor Bailey. Of course he needs a special toy for Thanksgiving. Pets are people, too.

  4. Kat
    November 22nd, 2011 at 9:38 am · Link

    I think my car is mostly invisible. Which would explain why everyone pulls out in front of me and then looks at me as if I just appeared behind them. I think my husband is invisible because the dog never wakes him up to go out side, the cats don’t climb all over him till they are feed and the kids never ask him where their shoes are or to help them with their homework or what time dinner will be ready. Back in high school I used to wish I was more popular. Becareful what you wish for… Now I pray for the times that I am ignored. Guess when you have the magic touch to make it all better (the mom gift) the whole world needs you.

    Just like the fantasy world needs you Jen and the other writers out there to make their magic happen. Keep up the writing. The rest of us need the fantasy world to keep us sane.

  5. Jenn
    November 22nd, 2011 at 12:36 pm · Link

    Viki, I should have yelled, but I didn’t. And I’m laughing because you and I are just too crazy for our grand-puppies! We think exactly alike. I’ll get get him a toy today. I always keep treats on hand too.

    They rarely ever allow Bailey people food. Wizard has been known to “accidentally” drop a small, lean piece of steak or chicken while BBQing and Bailey is outside “helping” him. The boys know he does it and ignore it. Wizard never ever feeds him from the table though. He’s careful.

  6. Jenn
    November 22nd, 2011 at 12:39 pm · Link

    Shiloh, aw, thank you! I love you guys too!

    Bailey is getting a lot of sympathy here, LOL.

    Oh, yeah, the hardware store. I avoid those places if I can. My experience has been that if I want help, I can’t get it. But if I don’t want help, they bug the crap out of me. I cracked up at the way they describe things to you! Of course it’s men doing it!

  7. Jenn
    November 22nd, 2011 at 12:40 pm · Link

    B.E., if I drove two hours, I’d have yelled too! I should have. I just wasn’t smart enough at the time.

    Bailey loves all this attention :-)

  8. Jenn
    November 22nd, 2011 at 12:43 pm · Link

    Kat, yes!!! I remember when I wished I wasn’t so popular in my house too. I can so relate to that. And drivers who don’t see me. Crazy folks.

    Wizard used to swear he never heard the kids at night. I knew he was lying. On the other hand, he had to get up at the crack of dawn and go to work, so I forgave him. Especially because he did so much during the day.

  9. Silver James
    November 22nd, 2011 at 2:51 pm · Link

    Hello? Hellll-lllooooo? Anybody here? Knock-knock! Where is everyone? *gigglesnort*

    I hate clerks like that. If they really tick me off, I go home and email corporate and tell them they just lost not only that sale but that I’ll take my business elsewhere. I’m really easy-going as a rule. Heck, I’m the one who gets all the waitress trainees because I’m so nice about it, but that sort of rudeness in this economic climate is inexcusable. Okay. Climbing off my soapbox now.

    Bailey should get some turkey. Just sayin’. My boys have been eating people food since puppyhood but then they have the constitution of (and eat like) a horse! I’m making roll dough this afternoon. Yay for cinnamon rolls!

  10. Jenn
    November 22nd, 2011 at 7:16 pm · Link

    Silver, that’s exactly what I felt like! I’ve worked retail, so I’m fine with normal delays, but not total rudeness like that.

    Waitressing is hard work! I’m glad you break in all the new ones :-)

    Your cinnamon rolls sound sooo good. I can almost smell them!

    (And Bailey might get a little white meat turkey if my kids say okay. But remember, he’s much smaller than your dogs.)

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