Today was a stupid day for weather. Too hot for my winter coat and scarf, too cold for just a hoody. Make up your mind, temperature.
I was nearly home after a brilliant morning lecture on Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (which is apparently pronounced ‘Jeekyll’, but is not about buggery).
Across the road, I spotted T, a friend of the group, walking in the opposite direction. T is Turkish and has a beard; just a little detail there to help paint this picture.
T hadn’t spotted me, placing me in a difficult decision. I’m not an attention gainer; I don’t like to shout names or tap shoulders. If someone doesn’t see me, I pretend that I haven’t seen them either. But I had definitely obviously seen T. If he did eventually notice me, he would know that I’d ignored him and could be offended.
I decided to go for it. I would assert myself as an attention gainer!
'T!' I shouted across the road. He didn't hear me. I cannot understand how, the road was only ten feet or so across.
'T!' I shouted, a little louder. Nothing.
He now had his back to me. A builder was staring at me. T is not a normal name; the builder must have thought I was just shouting noises.
'T!!' Nothing. The builder continued to stare. T was moving further and further out of earshot.
The builder must’ve thought I had tourettes. Rather than having him know that I had tried and failed at being an attention gainer, I went with it and did a little head twitch as I walked away.