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View from the Austrian hostelIt's a little hard to see in a small version like this, but in the middle of this picture, there's a man with his chin resting on his hand, waiting for someone to come along and buy the clothing and whatever else he has on his table.

This picture is currently my desktop background at work, so I spend a lot of time looking at it. Yesterday I was having another one of those imaginary conversation episodes where I was trying to buy a scarf (I think it was the peach-colored one) from the man inside my computer screen. I don't speak any Arabic (yet!) or any Hebrew and he didn't speak any English. I was trying to point but I was too short and he couldn't tell what I was pointing at so I was trying to demonstrate that it was a scarf. I started by miming that I was wrapping the scarf around my neck, but then I realized that the normal way to wear such a scarf would be to put it over your head. So I abruptly stopped miming the neck-motions and switched to pretending I was putting a scarf over my head and wrapping it around over my shoulders.

Then I realized that I was having an imaginary conversation with my computer screen, but that I was so intent on communicating with the salesman despite our language gap that I was actually sitting at my desk and very intensely and exaggeratedly wrapping imaginary scarves all over myself over and over again to try to get my point across. I quickly stopped and got back to whatever I was supposed to be doing.

And I didn't even get an imaginary scarf out of the deal!

srah - Thursday, 27 April 2006 - 10:20 AM
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Comments (4)

gravatar chrispy - April 28, 2006 - 8:54 AM -

You are insane.

gravatar Cheryl - April 28, 2006 - 9:02 AM -

Maybe you ARE crazy...I thought the imaginary conversations you were talking about were more normal than they appear.

gravatar Allison - May 1, 2006 - 12:37 PM -

Sorry about your imaginary loss. Maybe you could imagine that you did get an imaginary scarf out of your imaginary conversation, (even though you didn't), if it helps you feel better. In real life.

gravatar jamelah - May 1, 2006 - 8:50 PM -

Uh, should I admit that I frequently do the same thing?

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