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Friday, April 10, 2015

I is For Invisible

My theme for the
A-Z Challenge is
Aging into Longevity

One thing You can
expect as you age
is that you become
invisible.  It is
quite remarkable
the way people don't 
see you. For
instance, "you're
shopping for salmon at the fish counter at the
Co'op Food Market." You are next in line and
thank god because you are tired of standing and
waiting. As you are about to tell the counterman
what you want, that very fish counter man looks
directly at the hot young gal directly behind you and
asks with a big smile,  "What will it be for you?"

You have just become that old comic book character,
"the invisible cloak has surrounded you. "
 Get used to it, you had your day. Hahahahahaha

40 comments:

  1. When I was young the "Hot young gal" always got served before me.

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    1. joeh
      I suppose it depended on the gender that was doing the sercing. lol

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    2. ^ bahahahahaa to Joeh's answer. :)

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  2. Damn, maybe you need to have a wade of cash on hand, that will make them look lol

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    1. Pat
      You're sayig that cash will replace "lust" in a guy?

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  3. I haven't experienced this yet, but I suppose I will. I think I'm getting to that age where I'd speak up and say something. "EXCUSE ME, I was next thank you...."

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    1. Bis
      May you never become invisible.

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  4. Too funny.
    I'm getting older but I will always be young at heart.

    Bushman
    2015 A to Z Challenge Ambassador
    @jwb81074

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    1. Jeff
      There's a song about young at heart. Maybe you can sing it.

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    2. My singing will make the dogs howl!

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    3. My singing will make the dogs howl!

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  5. I've gotten used to people preferring the hot young thing instead of me.
    If they preferred me, I think I'd be in the wrong type of store.

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    1. Al
      Oh, take whatever store you can get. LOL

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    1. Madeline
      Thank you. I aim to please and entertain.

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    1. Catle
      Thank you and how nice of you to visit and leave a comment.

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  8. Oh, yes. I know what you mean! Fortunately, being a feisty senior is a help. Sigh.

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    1. Susan
      Would you bash the counter fish guy over the head with a mackeral?

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  9. I watched something a few years ago about how the old people become forgotten as they become old.
    It is sad. But true. I am always hearing from my parents that nobody calls or comes to visit them. Well, they do, but not like they use to do.
    I don't think it would work too well here to pass over the old lady in the line for the young one behind. I think there are more old people in Iowa than young.

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    1. Ruth
      I agree. Small communities are great because just about everyone knows everyone and then it is not easy to overlook people. Wonderful point.

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  10. The nice thing (at least for me) is that the older I get, the more assertive I become. 20 years ago I would not have announced loudly "Excuse me, but I'm next." Now I do. :)

    As a side note, you asked a wonderful question about my blog post on the Bradford Sweet Poisoning case and the word "daft" being used as slang for food adulterants. Your guess that it has to do with toxic additives making people crazy might very well be correct. I have another.
    The origin of the word daft is Middle English gedaefte and meant gentle, meek, simple, or foolish. The word "deft" has the same root word but came to mean subtle, skillful, clever. I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that "daft" as an adulterant stems from the latter version "deft".
    I have not been able to find a clear answer anywhere as to how "daft" as slang for food additives came into being. Thanks for asking a great question!

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    1. Li
      Thanks for that extensive and great comment on the word daft. I've always kind of liked that word when relating to someone who is a little crazy. To me, to doesn't mean completely crazy or off one's rocker (haha) but just slightly.
      Haha.
      I'm sorry I'm so late getting to you but April is such a busy month for me, that often I don't even get back in the house until I'm too tired to open the computer. Forgive me.

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  11. Invisibility, I know that one. In my 40s, I stopped being nice about it. Must've been when perimenopause struck. That's one good thing about it. lol

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    1. Susie
      I do speak up too. This type of situation really did happen to me once and I said, "Hey, I'm next."

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  12. I don't think that's ever happened to me if I'm in a queue. if the customers are just crowded around, the assistant will call out "who was next?" and most of the time people will point out someone who was there before them, or the person was knows she is next will sing out "me! over here!"

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    1. River
      That is so fair. I like that. Or when a new cashier comes on and they take the next one in line. But often they just take the last one who hasn't waited nearly as long.

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  13. Girl... I'm so knowing the drill. From ridiculous running from too far away to hold the door, to shutting it like you're not even right behind 'em. lol
    And now they run instead for my daughter... I don't like that either. ;)

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    1. Wait, I have to tell you the first time a man leaned out of his sports car to whistle at my daughter I almost fainted and died on the sidewalk. hahahaha I think she was 12 or something ridiculous!! I'd bottle her up if I could. ;) She's 16 now though...my first girl... I'm learning. Her brothers were protective of her but they're both in another state now, oy!!

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    2. Rose
      Yeah, a mother never likes to see fresh men make passes at her daughter at any age because we know what they have in mind. There's a name for them and it begins with a
      B

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  14. I was doing some thinking and writing about Seniors becoming invisible in society. Thanks for sharing your experience, sad as it was.

    Blessings and Bear hugs, Manzi!

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    1. Rob Bear
      How are you and so good to see your name again. Yes, seniors seem to drop into a hold at a certain age.

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  15. Hi Manzanita .. it's like sitting in a restaurant - everyone else is asked, but not the person who should be .. I can relate - but I try and make sure the elders are taken care of first .. though I almost fall into that category ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary
      Isn't it amazing how one can suddenly drop into invisibility.

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  16. Hahahahahha.... Well dang. That hot young chick should tell that counter guy who was really next.

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    1. Terry
      Hahah Yeah right. The old one was, no doubt, invisible to the hot chickadee too.

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  17. :D i just love your sense of humor, Manzi!! but, it's sad and unfair! I think it's all about wrong people around. :)

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