"I'm sorry, I didn't hear what you said. I was listening to my body."
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"Could you take your finger off the pulse for one moment and let me know what you'd like for dinner?"
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"Before I read about my summer vacation, I'd like to ask that all pagers, beepers, and cell phones be turned off."
"Funny - that doesn't sound like 'Louie, Louie.'"
Tags:marching band, marching bands, march, marches, marching, parade, parades, leader, leaders, leading, steamroller, steamrollers, steam roller, steam rollers, construction, construction equipment, construction worker, construction workers, celebration, celebrations, oblivious, obliviousness, pay attention, pays attention, paying attention, detail, details, detail-oriented, band, bands, bandleader, bandleaders
"Please have a seat. Mr. Thorndyke will be back shortly."
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Man walking under the letter 'y'.
"When you're finished not looking at here, can you divert your non-attention to me?"
"Your faucet is running."
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"Damn, you are smooth."
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"The wetter the better."
Tags:problems, phrases, unaware, lack of awareness, wet paint, wet paint sign, wet paint signs, ignorant, ignorance, ignore, ignores, ignoring, awareness, pay attention, pays attention, paying attention, space cadet, space cadets, space out, spaced out, relax, relaxes, relaxing, stare into space, staying into space, mankoff
"I was just talking to Charlie Rose in my head."
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The Adventures of Break-O-Man
"I'll now show the doodles form the last committee meeting."
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"Hey! Guess what?"
Tags:desert island, desert islands, desert, deserts, perspective, perspectives, perspective trick, perspective tricks, illusion, illusions, optical illusion, optical illusions, escape, escapes, escaping, pay attention, pays attention, paying attention, sand, sandy, marooned, obvious, obviousness, mistake, mistakes, mistaken
"I need you to pretend to care about design for twenty minutes."
Tags:relationship, relationships, love, marriage, marriages, married life, couple, couples, husband, husbands, wife, wives, spouse, spouses, design, designs, designer, designers, interior design, interior designer, interior designers, interior decorating, interior decorator, interior decorators, home decor, decor, decoration, decorations, redecorating, decorating, care, caring, attention, pretend to care, pretending to care, pay attention, paying attention, woman, women, stereotype, stereotypes
People crossing the street while texting use white canes.
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"Are you listening to me?"
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"OK, I never look at you anymore, but I can see you perfectly in my peripheral vision."
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"Now, how can I be of assistance?"
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I Like You, Janet - You're Easy to Talk Over
New from Never Mind Books: The Best Story in All the World
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"Now that the person chewing gum so loudly has finally stopped, perhaps we can all pay attention to what I'm doing here."
Tags:education, school, schools, schooling, teaching, learning, teacher, teachers, student, students, teacher life, elementary school, primary school, junior high school, middle school, high school, secondary school, classroom management, paying attention, distraction, distractions, distracted, food, gum, chewing gum, blowing a bubble, bubblegum, class, classes, classroom, classrooms, misbehaving, ignorant
"You're so easy to talk to - not everyone is such a good listener."
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"I'm feeling fine, Mrs. Green! I haven't had to say, 'pay attention' once today!"
Tags:education, school, schools, schooling, teaching, learning, teacher, teachers, student, students, teacher life, classroom management, class, classes, classroom, classrooms, losing it, going crazy, snapping, breaking point, headstand, headstands, attention, paying attention, elementary school, primary school, junior high school, middle school, high school, secondary school
Holiday Visit: Day No. 53,267,598
Tags:home for the holidays, frustration, frustrations, parent, parents, dad, dads, father, fathers, clueless, cluelessness, space cadet, space cadets, out to lunch, brand name, brand names, pay attention, pays attentions, paying attention, on a different planet, family gathering, family gathering, holiday stress, holiday stresses, holiday visit, holiday visits, short temper, short tempers, short fuse, impatient, impatience, daughter, daughters, relationship, relationships