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Reality, left. Fiction, right

While walking the dogs, I met in passing a chap in our village.  He was outside a house having a smoke, and he greeted me with some observation about the weather, and patted Brythen.

Normally I would have chatted back in a more enthusiastically friendly manner, but I had a vague feeling that someone had told me something was suspect about this particular person, so while polite, I made rather more of an effort to move on quickly without engaging than I would do normally.

Only about five minutes later did it occur to me that my vague feelings of distrust and suspicion had their root in the fact that he bore a noticeable resemblance in appearance and clothing to Owen Harper, from Torchwood.   Whoops.

People who tell you to 'go with your gut instinct' presumably don't suffer from this kind of problem.   My instincts are constantly swayed by being bathed in a sea of suspicious and dubious characters and improbable scenarios from around the galaxy.  They rarely seem to have any validity.  

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wellinghall
7th Nov, 2014 18:14 (UTC)
Poor chap :-(
ladyofastolat
7th Nov, 2014 19:47 (UTC)
Are you now eager to bump into him again, so you can be extra specially ostentatiously polite, to outweigh any lingering effects of your hasty and suspicious getaway today?
bunn
8th Nov, 2014 16:50 (UTC)
Well, I don't think I was *rude*. I just said something like 'must rush!' in a breezy yet jolly manner - as if I had a pie in the oven or something of that kind.

But if I bump into him again, I shall try to ignore his sci fi resonances.
houseboatonstyx
8th Nov, 2014 06:37 (UTC)
Mistakes in the other direction can be worse. I once invited a pair of Mormon missionaries in for coffee, mistaking them for Napoleon Solo and Ilya Keriakin.
bunn
8th Nov, 2014 16:53 (UTC)
OK, that is definitely worse. :-D
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