Friday, May 4, 2007

Dog Day Afternoon

As Au once said, if I were a dog, I’d be a Golden Retriever. Hey, I am a sociable person. I am the sort who talks to a total stranger in an elevator if there’s a lull of silence. I would chat with taxi drivers, the next person on a grocery check-out counter and I couldn’t even resist saying good evening to passers by in our subdivision whenever I was out smoking a stick. Sometimes, my husband would tell me, “you don’t have to say good evening to everybody… it’s not like you’re running for barangay councilor”. But it’s an irresistible urge, like wagging my tail.

Anyway, the other day I was in the area of West Avenue on an errand. On the way back, I decided to drop by the National Bookstore at Quezon Avenue for some scrap necessities (all our purchases are necessary, right ladies?). Anyway, while I was on the payment line, I noticed two women in their late 20’s ahead of me animatedly chatting away. As the second woman placed her purchase on the counter, I noticed she was paying for an embossing powder and an acrylic block. As expected, I got all bouncy and excited. I thought: hey, scrappers – I can probably invite them in Pinoyscrapbookers. So I eagerly waited for a break in their conversation and gave my best opening line: “I see you’re scrappers” with a matching wide grin. The woman turned to me and gave me a blank look which would stop a puppy on its track. Can you imagine me with my tail abruptly freezing mid-wag and the ball dropping from my jaw? To ease my embarrassment and in a futile attempt to make myself look less of a creep, I raised my right hand with all the scrap materials as if to say: "I’m a scrapper too, see". She then turned right back to face her companion and continued with their conversation. On the way back to the car, I couldn’t help rationalizing to myself: that’s okey Nita, they’re probably not scrappers to begin with – and they sure aren’t pet-lovers either.

I called up my best friend as soon as I got back to the office and we got to laugh about it which at least brought the wag back on my tail. Ah well, I guess that’s just one of the perils of butt sniffing in a dog’s life.

5 comments:

purplesea said...

Hi nita! what a funny story, although the least they could have done was asked you what you meant, not totally ignore you. pero ok lang yun, if they're scrappers, they're missing out a lot on not being in our group... at pag di naman sila scrappers, they're missing out on a lot more.

Au Lim said...

korek ka dyan! it's their loss actually, missing out on all the scrapping events bulletins, ins and outs, and most of all, the camaraderie! Sabi nga ni Bon Jovi "have a nice day, you b****" well ok, dinugtong ko na lang yung last 2 words...how dare they ignore the friendly golden retriever!....here let me give you a rub behind the ears...heheheh...

wag on friend! and hehehe...you come up with the funniest analogies--"butt-sniffing"?!...hahahah...

the dreamer said...

Awwww. How rude! I can just imagine how you feel. I try to be brave too and talk to complete strangers. Minsan, suwerte, they're nice back. And minsan, I also get the blank stare before they proceed to ignore me.

Tama si Raissa and Au, their loss not to meet how much of a wonderful dog -- este, friend -- you are. True, wag on, friend! You are much loved by all of us. =)

And here you were saying you didn't have anything to say. ;) I read out loud your entry to my husband AR. He says, "Ang cute naman nya magsulat." Hehe.

Nina

Lee i. said...

Haha, very funny Nita. I am reminded when I used to "accost" people at National and Smile, trying to point them to our direction. So far I've been lucky no one has ever ignored me. Although I think I was pretty hard to ignore. Haha. Here puppy, puppy....

Sheryl E. Martinez said...

Nits, I think that's one inherent Virgo character. My mom used to call my attention about that, na para akong tumatakbong politiko, greeting everyone and everybody. Pero so far, wala pa naman nagkamaling mang-isnab kasi takot yata bwahahahahaha Joke! But that's okay, despite that incident just keep wagging the dog, i mean...the tail. :-)

Au, I wonder what's better off, butt sniffing or ass-kissing? hihihihihi