Monday, December 22, 2008

All I want for Christmas is to be UNAPPROACHABLE!

Okay, I've decided that I'm WAY to approachable.

I don't know what it is about me...but...every need-a-ride child, adult, and dog approaches me first!!!

I'm not kidding.

Just the other day I was shooting pictures of a beautiful couple when a boy rode up on his bike and sat himself right there beside me...

I, having this kind of thing more often then you would think, decided to ignore the boy and see if he would go away.

I had NO idea who he was...don't pin me as a CHILD hater...cause I'm not, I'm only a CHILD-ask-stranger-for-a-ride hater...

Anyway, he just sat there, and sat there, and sat there.

I continued to shoot pictures until finally I couldn't stand it anymore.

I turned to him with a grimace of a smile and said, "Did you need something?"

He looks at me and says, "Do you have a dollar? I need to get home and it is WAY to far for me to ride a bike."

Me: "I'm sorry I don't have a dollar." I really didn't, I don't carry cash, I carry that magical plastic thing that plays as money!!!

The COUPLE I was shooting both shook their heads no.

Boy on Bike: "Could you take me?" Maybe it was that I didn't look busy ENOUGH?

Me: "I'm sorry, I'm taking this couple's pictures and won't be done for a while. Sorry."

Boy on Bike: "okay", then proceeds to hunch his shoulders and SLOWLY turn his bike around.

Then I felt like scum...because I REALLY couldn't help him.

But why me? We were at a park area...FULL of people to ask...FULL of potential, not busy and carrying cash, people to ask.

Yet I'm the one he approaches?

Then I'm walking out of Albertson's carrying a BUNCH of groceries when I get surprised by a dirty-tired-in-the-eyes-kinda-scary guy as he asks, "Ma'am, can I ask you for a ride somewhere, my ride can't make it and I need to get somewhere."

I'm alone people...with a BUNCH of groceries

Me: "AAAAAHHHH" with a shaky voice and BIG surprised eyes,"Crap, you scared me!!! Uh...I'm kinda in a hurry...sorry I can't help you."

Scary Guy at Albertson's: "Sorry I scared you, but I REALLY need a ride somewhere, I'll carry your groceries!"

Me: Hoping the trick of not looking them in the eyes will work, (Like it does with the creepy guys handing out Porn in Vegas), "No thanks, I really am in a hurry", then feel a stab of guilt I add, "Good Luck with that". And I scurry off with my head down, hoping beyond hope that he isn't following me, but not wanting to look back so that he isn't suspicious of me thinking he's going to attack me, because I'm TOTALLY judging him on his outward appearance!

Seriously, WHY ME? There were like three other people walking out the doors with me holding maybe a BAG of groceries, but he approaches ME?

If there is a LONE dog in a crowd who has lost their owner, guess who they find to sniff and follow and NEVER LEAVE...that would be ME!

So all I want for Christmas is to be UNAPPROACHABLE!

I would fix my facial features into a mean frown, but my Grandmother says it will cause me to have wrinkles...

DILEMMA...

So any suggestions guys? No suggestion is a BAD suggestion.

Love,

Shelle

34 comments:

Barbaloot said...

Yikes-that's totally scary. Mostly the grocery store one. I wouldn't be too excited to trust someone that accosts me while I'm carrying groceries either.

Other than that-you clearly just look to nice. Next time someone parks himself next to you---just growl at them. They'll usually go away after that.

The Wixom Zoo said...

No eye contact - that's the key. (Most of the time) I just try not to look at them as I walk by. I know, not such a good suggestion, but sometimes it works! :)

Marie said...

I always go the deaf/mute/blind/don't speak your language route. You could also try never looking at people, talking on your phone, listening to your iPod, etc.

Kristina P. said...

Maybe wear an eye patch and start swearing a lot. Works for me!

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

So all very good advice...I think that I might try the EYE patch and growling...my kids think I am excellent at growling! :)

Tiff said...

Oh my gosh, I think I'd be scared to death if people were always asking me for rides and stuff!!
You have to admit, you do have quite the magnetic personality, I really can't blame them... I would probably ask you for a ride too, just to say I did.
Try walking around looking all ticked off all the time, like I do, no one will ask you for anything again, believe me, it works.

Mother Goose said...

THIS IS ME!!! but I have to think it is a gift. Embrace your gift. I know it is cumbersome. I know! People always asking always needing something from me yet I need and never ask for anything from anyone. I would rather suffer or go without than help for life. NICE, huh?? I know it's prideful but I just cant ask for help.

Alyson (New England Living) said...

You definitely shouldn't feel guilty about not giving that scary guy a ride. He should know better than to ask a woman who is by herself! What a freak!

The Crash Test Dummy said...

Oh my goodnessX2. You're like a goodness magnet. You got that half of me. Cause no one ever asks me for a ride (except my kids)

How cute and funny and endearing and adorable you are. You really are.

But that's creepy about the scary Albertsons guy. That's a huge NO NO. Maybe because you're beautiful. We probably would have never heard from you again and wondered where you had disappeared to if you had done that good deed.

P.S. LYCL thx

Jen said...

Seriously? You must smile a lot. And you must be really cute. Cuteness=looks-trust-worthy. So my advice? Look way less cute. You know, stop washing your hair, lay off the makeup, spill your food - trust me, it will work.

binks said...

I agree with Jen - you are so cute and your sweet, bubbly personality just shines through. People are just attracted to all that personality.
Of course, whenever I am in a rush and see someone coming my way, I start a coughing & sneezing fit. Being late for a doctor's appointment is really a great excuse.

Merrianne said...

Great Post!!!!!!

i hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

Aubrey said...

You just look TOO darn approachable! It doesn't help that you are too darn cute too! Cut it out!

T said...

we are obviously on opposite sides of town because I thought I was the most "she must want to do something for me even though I've never met her" looking person in town... though apparently whatever I did convinced the neighbor that she'd better figure out her own way to get to work for awhile... maybe I was too nice? yeah, pro'ly not :)

all for saying no to scary guys at Albertson's though - that's not being mean, that's just being smart :)

T said...

errr... wait, maybe YOU are driving my neighbor to work these days?

Susan said...

Oh my god. I'm laughing. And I'm the same way - WHY, I ask, WHY do people need to look at me, talk to me, socialize with me, ask me, WHY????????????????? Do we just smile too much?

The Bayou Belles and Their Beau said...

Seriously. If you're alone, you can't just take some random kid or dude somewhere in your car. They should expect a "no." Don't feel guilty. It's just what this world has become, which is pretty sad.

Hey, Merry Christmas! Enjoy your family and don't pick up strangers.

Dopp Family said...

That is so funny that you get hit up for rides all the time!! I honestly can't recall one time that I've ever been approached for a ride. Yeah, maybe just don't smile as much and put some black eyeliner on your front tooth... (hehe... yeah right?).

Annie Valentine said...

If you just weren't so Christ like people would start leaving you alone. Try sinning a little more.

thedailyclick said...

Hi! Just wanted to pop in and wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

SWIRL said...

I always feel guilty too.. not that I am approached as much as you .. we have a great BUS system. But I think you just have to trust your gut feeling.. ya know? Personal safety is #1 priority. If I get the nudge to help- I usually follow that instinct.. if I don't .. I pass by, say no, whatever.

Stephen said...

You just flunked your chance to treat everyone like they were Jesus. I hope you can live with yourself now.

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

Oh my gosh...you guys make me laugh!!! I love your comments...

Mother Goose and T and Susan and Swirl...I'm glad somebody else has to go through it!!! I will work on embracing the GIFT!!! :)

Alyson and Bayou Belles...that is exactly how I felt!

Crash...LOL...I probably did get that, but you were the understanding one with sleeping for everyone while at MAUI!!!

Jen...I can't be sure about the cuteness...but I definitely smile alot because I have a lot to smile about! I'll try, I'll try!

Binks-I think the coughing a sneezing just might work!!! Good suggestion!

Dopp Family...since I know you in person, YOU should really BE the one getting all the attention, because YOU are the magnetic one!!!

Stephen...I still fine, but thanks for your concern?... :)

CJ, the Purple Diva said...

I'm with the people that say to you, don't feel guilty for not giving a boy and an strange guy a ride. First of all, I've heard too many stories of women being approached for rides-giving them and never being seen again. I think that if the boy If had the bike when he left the house on it, he could ride it to back where he came from. The man...take the bus. The world is too full of people doing mean things..it's better to be safe than sorry. Listen to the still small voice is the best answer...if you don't feel safe, than by all means, SAY NO...and walk away!

CJ, the Purple Diva said...

And one more thought...if you didn't wear you halo,when you go out in public, maybe they would leave ya alone!

CJ, the Purple Diva said...

And one more thought...if you didn't wear you halo,when you go out in public, maybe they would leave ya alone!

CJ, the Purple Diva said...

And one more thought...if you didn't wear you halo,when you go out in public, maybe they would leave ya alone!

Stephen said...

Shelle, Sorry I was being sarcastic. You don't help a guy that you don't know that wants to hop in your car with you alone. You don't know my sarcastic humor, so I apologize for making that comment. You are a fantastic writer and I enjoy your blog. blog on.

Stacy said...

I can't wait to sit down and read everyone's suggestions because I need to find out how to be unapproachable too! Same sort of stuff happens to me all the time - when I'm alone at the bus stop - at the grocery store - seems like I have some sort of magnet or something...

Jami said...

Skip the deodorant. It won't help with the dogs or homeless folks though. Try growling in a menacing way towards them.

Stephen said...

In a subtle way you were tackling a moral question. Growing up in the Church you hear the stories of the good Samaritan, or the story of a man who helped someone in need and it turned out to be Howard Hughes and later gives the man a load of money. You are confronted with two extremes. On the one side you have the people telling you to treat everyone as if they were Jesus in disguise and on the other you have the Smart family in Utah who tried to help a beggar by giving him some work to do and paying him for it, who later returns, breaks into the house and kidnaps their young daughter Elizabeth Smart. So your moral dilemma is justified based on your experience. I was basically mocking the extreme side who argues to treat everyone as if they were Jesus, when common sense would suggest a more conservative approach. Thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving a comment. Although I don’t recommend any happy believing Mormons visit my blog. I no longer am a believing Mormon. And if you are happy in what you believe, then I don’t recommend reading anything from anyone who has doubts. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side. I am Crash’s apostate brother and read her blog daily. She enjoys your blog a lot and so I visit occasionally and also enjoy it. I normally don’t comment on blogs, but your blog advertises to lurkers to place comments. Sorry my sarcasm wasn’t more apparent. I think you made the right choice.

Emily Anne Leyland ( Art-n-Sewl) said...

Ha..Stephen, I was going to say the same thing to Shelle. That is was her "test" this Christmas, but I would be totally kidding because I would never let a man in my car alone. You just can't take that kinda chance theses days.

Krissy said...

More often than not I'm in a foul mood because I'm out in public ANYWAY, and the fact that my kids are usually very rowdy and unruly in public works in my favor as well. I usually walk around with a foul look on my face. If I see someone struggling in public, if I'm able to I'll help... which I guess surprises people because I'm friendlier than I appear. lol

The Crash Test Dummy said...

Hi Shelle, that was fun to read all that from my sarcastic apostate brother. ;) You should know that we grew up with a fanatical religious father who was always saying "what would Jesus do?"

On some occasions we were asked to forgive things or let things slide that we shouldn't have under the question, "well, what would Jesus do."

That's how we became disillusioned optimists.

Stephen's still disillusioned. We're working on the optimism part.

LY Stephen

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