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to hardly ever notice anything?

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Laquitar Thu 30-Dec-10 10:54:01

Am i dizzy brunette?

If i am out with the dcs it is hard enough keeping an eye on them. I cant on top of that watching other people's dcs, if they wear enough layers, if they drink in bottles or cups..
If i'm out without the dcs i enjoy it with i-phone on or thinking/planning/calculating.
If i'm in the shops i'm busy looking for bargains not for 'wrong parenting styles'.

I'm reading some threads here and i'm so impressed of the multi-tasking others do when they are out. It is the attention to the detail that impreses me i.e.'i saw a mother giving her dd coca cola in the bottle. It was about 113.5 ml'. How do people manage to notice everything?

Reminds me crimewatch. When they interview neighboors and some of them say 'i was coming from the shops last monday and i noticed a red Ford at the corner ...and i saw a woman around 32 crossing the road wearing a blue coat and brown blouse...'.

My head is so full of trying to remember PINS and passwords and to buy milk, you can pass naked next to me and i'll not notice.

Is it because i live in London? Or am dizzy?

Are any others like this?

usualsuspect Thu 30-Dec-10 10:56:57

I never notice what other people are doing either

purepurple Thu 30-Dec-10 10:59:54

I am like this too. I never even notice when DH goes to the barber. I would be rubbish as a witness.
I once asked DH who the people he said hello to were when we were out and about. He said they were our neighbours from a couple of doors down.blush

TheMonster Thu 30-Dec-10 11:02:34

Surely sometimes something must catch your attention?

Chil1234 Thu 30-Dec-10 11:09:09

My guess is that when someone posts how they saw 'a woman' doing x y or z it's actually selves they're talking about. Like when people want to gauge opinion and they talk about it in the third person... 'my friend' is thinking of having an affair etc. That's how they know it was 113.5ml of Coke in the bottle... they were the one dishing it out. <taps nose knowingly emoticon>

SparklyMartini Thu 30-Dec-10 11:11:19

I think that most people are, like you, quite busy and only notice something like that occasionally, when it happens to catch their eye at the right moment. Which perhaps intensifies their feeling that what they have seen is extraordinary and must be discussed/reported on MN.

Laquitar Thu 30-Dec-10 11:15:07

grin purepurple

Body if i'm walking in the street or am in the shops nothing does honestly. But when i read your question i tried to think and remembered that i did very few times noticed a nice scarf or something in the tube. Only if you sit opposite me, you wear something very distinctive and i happenen to not have a book with me.

I don't even notice handsome men hmm

Laquitar Thu 30-Dec-10 11:17:08

Chil, that makes sense.

purepurple Thu 30-Dec-10 11:18:14

A few weeks ago I noticed a young man who looked exactly like Russell Brand. I only noticed him because he was wearing a skirt and purple tights at the bus stop at 8 oclock in the morning.So, the conclusion is I might notice things that are out of the ordinary, but not the mundane.

Laquitar Thu 30-Dec-10 11:21:15

Ah celebrities is one more thing i never notice.

melpomene Thu 30-Dec-10 11:27:47

Derren Brown experiment shows how unobservant people are

I'm the same.

LaWeaselMys Thu 30-Dec-10 11:28:12

I spotted a sleb couple once!

I was really excited that I actually have the skills to notice things and recognise people which I was starting to doubt as my sister is always telling me about interesting things she saw and I can't say I notice anything.

I think the fact that the sleb spot was accompanied by me not slugging a pushchair around in a hurry is key.

Ormirian Thu 30-Dec-10 11:32:07

LOL Laquitar, me too.

I tend to notice things that annoy me when I'm already in a bad mood (not often) and things that please me when I am happy (most of the time). In the run up to christmas I was tired, stressed and feeling a bit under the weather and the world was full of dickheads. Thankfully they have mostly gone away now or repented of their bad hehaviour.

Megletitsnow Thu 30-Dec-10 11:32:35

I am always alert to what's going on around me, to the point where I cannot relax.

We have lots of break-ins in my area, add to that a mental XP and several years working for the emergency services and I've ended up pretty wired all the time. If I hear a scream outside I will always check to see what's happened and I notice different cars parked in my street.

Piggles Thu 30-Dec-10 11:34:23

I am relentlessly oblivious to everything, never observant and would make an utterly crap witness.

DH shaved his beard off one morning in April this year - it took me until bedtime to notice grin

LaWeaselMys Thu 30-Dec-10 11:34:37

Yes. At night I am different.

PureAsTheColdDrivenSnow Thu 30-Dec-10 11:38:31

I kind of wish I was more like this.. I notice absolutely bloody everything, sometimes it's useful, other times it's just annoying tbh

MerrilyDefective Thu 30-Dec-10 11:39:16

I never notice cars.
Have trouble knowing what cars friends drive.
Unless they are proper unusual ones like old minis and Beetles.
Even then i have to see them driving or i'm not sure.
All the focuses(like mine) and Peugots and Corsas and stuff look the same to me.confused

Laquitar Thu 30-Dec-10 13:10:01

Merrily i met Dh in his country with no public transport so he had to collect me with his car on every date.

After several dates:

My best friend: What car does he drive?
Me: Black grin
Best friend: Black what?
Me: Black car
Best friend: What made car?
Me: Oh i don't know, but i like black colour.

Glitterandglue Thu 30-Dec-10 13:20:42

I notice people's behaviour a lot, as I find it fascinating, but could never tell you any details of appearance or anything. My cousin constantly gets frustrated with me as she'll say, "Oh my god, look at her," and will point dead straight ahead at one of only three people in the street with us, to the woman eight foot tall wearing a lime green elephant costume, and I still won't see her. I am awful at it.

Might be connected with the way I skip passages of descriptions in books, too, hmm...

MerrilyDefective Thu 30-Dec-10 13:25:31

Laquitar....i'm the same.
I only remember the colours and basic shape,so all hatchbacks etc look the same.
A friend has a Volvo estate but i only know it's her if i see her in the car.
DP thinks i'm pathetic,he can name make and model from side views!
I need to see the badge.

welshbyrd Thu 30-Dec-10 13:32:54

melpomeme - fantastic link

OP - your not alone, Honestly - click on the link, most of us are dizzy, but unaware of it smile

DooinMeCleanin Thu 30-Dec-10 13:33:18

I'm the same as you op - but dd1 is a 'noticer'. This can be embarrassing ass he 'notices' things quite loudly.

For example when she notices the girl with long pink and loudly comments how lovely it is and how she would like pink hair, that;s frine, very complimentary and I'm sure the girl with the pink is used to people noticing her.

She also notices bad things loudly too i.e.

"Mum. That baby has odd socks! Why does he have odd socks? MUM? LOOK! ODD SOCKS!"

"Oooh that lady needs to get changed. Look at the stain on her top. It looks like she has spilt her soup right down there. LOOK!"

HappyHECmanay Thu 30-Dec-10 13:41:38

I notice.

I just don't care.

Laquitar Thu 30-Dec-10 13:43:10

Oh yes. Melpomeme sorry i forgot to say. Good link - we are not alone , thanks!

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