When I eat with Alissa in a restaurant, I seem to have trouble not looking behind her while she’s talking to me. It’s a problem. I get that, but last week I think it was understandable. Alissa was talking about her day and behind her a group of Japanese folk were singing “Happy Birthday” to the accompaniment of a DRUM. Yes, that’s right a drum. I’m not making this up, and it wasn’t a snare drum or anything like that, which would be weird, but sort of peppy. No this was the type of drum that MGM used when they wanted to indicate a sacrifice to King Kong. Also, the rhythms were different. The drum was sort of doing its own thing.
Let me set the scene.
Alissa: So this lady comes in and I tell her, we’ll be with you in a moment.
Group In the Back: Haaappy (BONG) Birthd (BONG) ay
Alissa: Words words words words …
Group in the Back: (Bong)
My hearing also improves when Alissa and I go out. Not my actual hearing. My peripheral hearing and it makes me easily distracted.
Alissa: What do you think?
Me: You should talk with him and say, I don’t mind stress at the job, but as long as it’s job related and not … um … and not … the … I’m sorry, I forgot what I was talking about.
Alissa: What have you been looking at?
Me: I’m sorry, there was a woman before who was like 6’5″ and she was staring at your plate like she was gunning for the top spot in a plate staring competition.
Alissa: At my plate?
Me: I think she was interested in what you ordered. And just now the lady behind you said that she shops at Wal-Mart for bar clothes because they’ll get trashed. I’m sorry, but that’s just interesting right?
Me: Yes. What are bar clothes?
Alissa: Where is she?
Me: Don’t look now, but she’s on this side (taps table with left hand) right behind you. She’s wearing a white shirt. Looks like a mom. Okay, you can look.
Alissa stretches and turns toward the door.
Me: Weird right?
Alissa: I can’t believe you heard that. I can’t hear anything.
At any rate, I’m trying to focus more when Alissa talks to me, but if I should overhear anything interesting I’ll keep you guys posted.