Other things contributing to my strange-feeling first day back were being ignored/rebuffed by two people I said hello to. One was a faculty member I interact with at my job, and another was a woman I'd had several classes with and similar social circles. The former gave me a weak and noncommittal little wave (I figured he had the sun in his eyes) and the latter just gave me a look like, "Who the hell are you?" What's worse than someone who knows you not recognizing you is thinking that you have done something so horrible that they're pretending they don't know you, and you must be even more horrible for not knowing what that misdeed was.
I ate my lunch (at the same place as my new enemy(?)) and felt a little off. What's up with this day? When I got to the gym and was stretching for a run, I saw a guy from my cycling team, who I hadn't seen much of since I hurt my knee and it got cold. He was with his new girlfriend, who I had not met yet. I gave one of my goofy excited waves (he is a person I can be safely goofy around) and he gave a small, non-committal wave as if he wasn't sure I was waving at him specifically. At this point, I realized that it was totally self-centered to think that there was a conspiracy against waving at me, perpetrated by the entirety of campus.
|When you're walking on a track, but the person you're coming up on is walking |
slower, it feels boastful to pass them, as if to say, "I know we're just walking here,
but I'm walking faster."
Photo from flickr user dbtaylor1959
"Well, it's probably because of your hair".
My hair? Oooooooooh. I have very short hair, for about 12 years (or longer than anyone here has ever known me, with one exception) but have been growing it out for fun and because I'm too lazy to cut it. I've been pulling it back in teeny-tiny pigtails for the last few days, and that was probably what threw people off. It was pretty funny to me, and just that little bit of laughter put me in a better mood. J. was certainly thankful for that when I got back home.
[UPDATE: Dig my new background! I took macro shots of some of my costume jewelry. Spangles!]