Not only am I not saying everything I'm thinking (except through the wall to my cube mate, and when he stops laughing, I'll stop muttering), I have gone past silent to truly invisible. I'd like to end that phrase with "and I've never been happier," but it's still a pretty stupid experience all around.
Monday the new GrandBoss started, and I found a new game. I decided to see how long I could go without meeting her, and this quickly turned into how long could I go without even seeing her. Today is Wednesday. This takes less energy than moving my cheese around, and turned out to be more interesting. I figure, she has to meet her Boss, and her staff in the same week... she can skip me for a few days. It sounds like a noble rationale; truth is, I just didn't want to, then it became a game.
I have the advantage here, because
1) I know of her, and she has only a marginal count of how many people work for her and in how many cities.
3) I can hear her coming. My cube mate has his back to her, and can not. She cornered him today with a "do you know how to XXX in Excel 2010?" and his dread of being geographically in a P.A. slot came true. Because he is a noble character, he rose (literally and figuratively) to the occasion. I ducked like a trapdoor spider.
Most of the time I do not have control over my Invisibility. I can be standing in a bank line, and someone will step right in front of me. I pleasantly say , "Hi." Sometimes I yawp, but quietly, like a Who. And they jump out of their skin as if I just appeared there. It can waste a lot of time getting errands done. On the other hand... the conversations I've heard.
I got a glimpse of her today, but only a 3/4 side view. I could not identify her in a lineup.
LM asked me, "Should I go introduce myself?" I said, "Well, if I say yes... then I have to. And I don't want to." This was all the challenge she needed. As she strode off, "I said, "Tell her I'm immature, ok?"
Incidentally, I've learned that in India one calls the Cube a "Cave." More in the spirit of things, don't you think?