Elisa's Blog
Thursday, March 31, 2005
So I've been at my workplace for about 2 continuous years now. I say continuous because I've been working for the same company for 4 years total, over a 6 year span. That is, work for them 2 years, leave for 2 years, come back for 2 years. In fact, the 2 year periods have been almost pretty much to the day (+/- a week or so). Next week is my anniversary. Ominous, huh?

Anyway, that wasn't too interesting, but it was necessary background to appreciate the curious nature of the following event:

Yesterday at work I ran into a guy I used to work with during my first 2 year period at the current company, and hadn't seen since I'd left the company for the first time (i.e. 4 years ago). He saw me, and in surprised amusement exclaimed: "You're still here?"

My answer was: "Apparently".

(I had to run a quick discreet check, you see, pinch my leg through my pants' front pocket, just to make sure I was still, indeed, here, and I wasn't some sort of apparition, and had forgotten to tell myself about it, but as this check had not been completed by the time the response was required, an uncertain, fretful "apparently" was the most truthful answer I could muster at the time...)

This is the first time in my life, I think, that someone has confused me with a ghost.

It's clear to me that if you were an apparition, your fingers would be passing through your keyboard when you type and no one would actually know you've been writing a blog all this time. Thus, your story would have been difficult to pass on to this plane of existence.

Since your blog entries are, indeed, apparent on this plane of existence, it's almost certain that you exist within our realm, too. (Perhaps, as an apparition, you'd have to possess some body to type, don't know, but I think that's a learned skill.)

Anyway, my conclusion is that the gentleman you ran into must be the apparition. How can you be sure that he is the one that "apparently" still exists if you haven't seen him for about 4 years? I make no claims as what that implies about your mental state at that time of your chance meeting. ;-)

Well, mine at this time is questionable.
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