Present Tense

Present Tense – #11

And then the day arrived when a thoughtful friend presented me with this lovely t-shirt, a thing I cherish. It’s the gift that keeps on giving, especially when you are forced to attend a gathering where there are far too many gatherers. It lets the personal-space invaders know that you are perfectly content to be left alone in a corner, quietly observing people and making mental notes for your next blog post and waiting for the first socially-acceptable opportunity to run like hell.  Of course, this arrangement only works if the gatherers can actually read, an iffy proposition in this age of point and click and slashed education budgets. Still, I brazenly shove my Norma Rae chest forward.

Power to my people!



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  1. Oh how I need one of those! I’m one of the real unfortunates … the ones that have learned how to appear to be extroverted and effect and air of confident and calm and yet our insides are screaming ‘run Forest run’ …

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    • I’m right there with you. I can play the game with a complete poker face (I had no choice, working in management at Verizon), and 90% of the people I was forced to deal with on a business level thought I was a dynamic, natural-born leader who really, really liked them. They were mistaken… 😉

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  2. A shirt like that is going in my collection, which consists of one other (I have ten gazillion T-SHIRTS, but just one like unto YOURS) which reads: To Do List: 1. Get Up. 2. Survive. 3. Go Back to Bed. I love it. Now I’m going to have to find one like yours! 🙂

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  3. You know what I hate? When people ask, “why are you so quiet?” and what I *want* to say is, “why are you so noisy?” but of course I don’t.
    Your shirt is great. As a general rule though, I don’t wear shirts with sayings on them because of the attention factor. I eschew bright colors and flashy designs for the same reason. Also, I like the word ‘eschew.’

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    • I generally don’t wear slogans, either. (And if memory serves, there has never been a bumper sticker on any car that I have owned, at least not a sticker placed by me.) I do, however, have a fetish for t-shirts with vintage/retro advertisements, but I hope it’s fair to say that such things are different animals. This t-shirt, though? Yes, it gets a little bit of a workout. (Odd trivia: the word “eschew” always makes me think of cashews, and then I get a hankering. There must have been a situation in my childhood involving a thesaurus and a bowl of Planter’s Mixed Nuts…)

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