Sunday, September 20, 2009

On Pointing Things Out


My mind is quite simple. It can only focus on a very limited number of things at a time. I also think very deeply, and slowly, and when I do, I am essentially disconnected from the outside world. Because of this, I usually don’t notice something until its pointed out.

When winter gets going, I don’t notice the weather changing. I wake up each morning, and get dressed for summer. Yes, it might be cold then, and it probably is, but how am I supposed to know. I don’t religiously watch weather reports or read thermometers. (I actually do have a thermometer next to my bed, but apart from a midsummer evening (when it is accurate to within 2°C) it says nothing more than too hot or too cold. The problem is that it’s been there for the last ten years, so I don’t notice it anymore.) Several hours later someone asks me, “Aren’t you cold?” It takes a few seconds for it to sink in, and then I’m shivering for the rest of the day.

People that point things out are very inconsiderate.

They are doing road works late at night not that far from my house. If the wind is just right (which it has been for the last couple of weeks), then the beeping of reversing trucks travels through the air and reaches my house. It’s actually quite loud, but I didn’t notice until my mother mentioned that she hadn’t been able to sleep for two nights because of it. Of course, that night, I kept hearing the beeping. (Luckily, it didn’t affect my sleep. I could sleep through the end of the world.)

People shouldn’t point out annoying things. Wait… I do that all the time, don’t I?

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