Mondays through Fridays, fifty weeks out of the year, find me sitting in a cubicle testing software and looking for bugs in other people’s applications.
Today was different as I took a personal day off. Not that there was much personal about it as I spent most of the day taking care of my children and shopping for necessities. What I found fascinating about my day off was what happens in the outside world when I am indoors tied to my PC screen. This was my opportunity to see what occurs during the daylight hours. My take-away was that I am missing a great deal while I sit under flourescent lights.
Item One occurred outside a pet shop as I picked up extra bedding for our pet hamsters. As I left, two young (relative to me) women were walking in and one of them stopped and asked me if I liked baseball. Now a quick search of this blog shows that I do indeed enjoy America’s National Pastime (as shown here, here, and here among others). So, of course, I said “No”, and kept on walking.
It is obvious to me that when two twenty-something and fairly attractive women stop and initiate a conversation with a balding forty-one year-old man carrying hamster paraphenalia, they are selling something and I wanted no part of it. Although I am curious to know what they were peddling, but I moved on.
Item Two happened inside a Target store that also has a grocery. As I walked toward the freezer section to pick up some strawberry ice cream, I noticed that the lights were out behind the glass doors where the frozen treats were. Odd, I thought, but as I approached the area, the lights popped on. My lights came on also as I realized that, in a fit of eco-responsibility, the green folks at Target had installed motion-sensitive lights to save on electricity.
In my own pique of eco-irresponsibility, I ran down the entire length of the frozen section turning on all the lights. It’s fun…try it.
Item Three was a bumper sticker I saw that made me laugh out loud. It simply reads: “Out of my Way. I Have to Poo.” As someone who has been in that situation, I could relate.
Holy glockenspiel…what else am I missing in this great wide world?