Monday, August 02, 2004

Weird Dog Encounter


So I went to Blockbuster today, and as usual I left Ishy outside leashed to a lightpost. He behaved very well, and when I got out he started to play with a woman walking down the street. (I still need to teach him to only play wing-dog for the women who aren't walking with men, but that's another lesson). After she had left a gentleman walked up and Ishy went to play with him.

At first I thought him just some random San Carlos-ite and he was saying how it was great that Ishy remembered him because he had pet him the other day. That creeped me out a bit, and I'm not entirely sure why. I think I didn't like the idea of somebody playing with Ishy while I'm not there. I'm just a little paranoid about what my happen to him, or what sort of weirdo's there are out there.

The thing is that this guy kept on repeating "he recognizes me, that's why he's friendly". Over and over again with the "he recognizes me." I'm not sure what it was, but I came very close to saying/yelling "It's not you, he does this to everybody" with the specific intent of hurting his feelings. I didn't of course, and part of that might be the mentally handicapped vibe I got from the repeated comment (though he was capable enough to buy his own groceries), but something inside me was just really annoyed and creeped out by this guy. Actually, come to think of it, he might be the guy that I saw petting Ishy and was so creeped out by I was watching him as opposed to the Blockbuster clerk, who gave me an empty case that rental.

And ordinarily I wouldn't care too much about this, but I've got to go to the Search Engine Strategies conference tomorrow, and I really hope that I'm not completely spent on social energy.


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