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Lives there a person who is so numb from the neck up that the myriad things happening around them can go completely unnoticed?
By John Pierre | May 31, 2012

I love to observe people.  So many different habits and approaches to life by so many strangers becomes almost an obsession with me.

Some are a pure delight to observe while others are so disgusting as to be even more interesting.

At lunch, a few days ago, we happened to be seated near a couple of men who appeared to be in their mid-to-late thirties who had some strange eating habits.

Condemn me if you will but I can't help noticing things and, believe me, I try hard not be guilty of staring.

One of the gents manipulated his knife and fork like the Brits have always done and that is to hold your fork in your left hand (for right-handed persons) upside down and mash food onto it by deft strokes of the knife in your right hand.

It was quite noticeable with this varmint because he pushed such a mound of vittles onto his fork that he had trouble shoveling all of it into his mouth, with his fork still in the upside down mode.

The other man, with his baseball cap clamped down tightly on his head and apparently three years late in arranging for a hair cut or a shampoo and appearing to be a stranger to a comb, had a bad case of "bouncing leg syndrome."

Both legs were doing a continuous and fine imitation of "Saint Vitus Dance" throughout the entire meal.

His legs were gyrating so rapidly under the table (apparently an involuntary nervous action) that I can't imagine but what he was exhausted by the time he got up to leave.

Some in my family think I shouldn't notice such things and possibly they're right.  But to me ... that's a little like not noticing when someone runs over your toes with their car.

Not noticing is like losing interest in life and the people who inhabit the years of time assigned to you.

How do you not notice the rude people who, while dining, wave their fork around, like an orchestra director uses his baton, to emphasize the continuous points they are making.

Lives there a person who is so numb from the neck up that the myriad things happening around them can go completely unnoticed?

I've known only a couple like that and they went through life happily and giddily accomplishing nothing of importance.

Yup.  People are an interesting study and I fully intend to pursue my continuing education in trying to understand the species.

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