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the story of an invisible girl
cellophane - the story of an invisible girl
I was asked an interesting question in my anonymous comments post, one that merits a full post of its own. The question was:

Why do you call yourself the invisible girl? You live a very visible life!

A few months ago, I added a "title" to my journal. My journal is now titled cellophane - the story of an invisible girl. I had always meant to explain it at some point, but I never got around to it. Now is as good a time as any.

The "invisible girl" part refers to my superpower. I have a couple of superpowers, neither of which is especially useful. One is that I am invisible. Not invisible in the "classic" sense, where I can sneak around undetected. That would actually be useful. No, my superpower is more in the "Somebody Else's Problem" sense. People, especially those who don't already know me, don't really notice me.

I get stepped on a lot. I get bumped into, knocked aside. On dance floors, people dance right through me. People back up into me. They elbow me in the head. They walk side-by-side down a hallway without leaving room for me to pass from the opposite direction. They interupt, ignore, talk too loudly to hear me. When traveling with a group, I am constantly being separated from that group as people walk in between us, not even noticing I am there. When standing in a line, I am always the spot where a pedestrian will cut through the line to get past.

These are just a few examples...they are numerous. I am small, and I do not have a flamboyant personality. I am quiet and peaceful. I tend to stick to the fringes of a gathering. I am reserved. I am invisible.

I have known about this power for awhile, and I've often mentioned it to my friends. When I saw Chicago awhile back, the song "Cellophane" struck quite a chord with me. Yes, exactly! It's me...it's someone just like me...cellophane. He shares my inconvenient superpower.

The word "cellophane" as a descriptor for me is particularly apt given that I dressed up in almost nothing but colored saran wrap at a costume party last year. (Although, come to think of it, I think I got noticed a lot more that evening than usual. Interesting. Perhaps actual cellophane is like kryptonite to the invisible-powers?)

Anyway, with two life-references, it simply had to become my new handle. When I was redesigning my journal, I put it in the title, and it has stayed. I like it there. This is the story of an invisible girl. It is as though this journal lends a voice to the unheard. Lends visibility to the unnoticed. Here, some people see me, and they listen and think about what I have to say. It's refreshing.

(Although I still picture people occasionally reading my description of an event and thinking to themselves, "Wait a minute...she was there too??")

Mister cellophane
Should have been my name
Mister cellophane
'cause you can look right through me
Walk right by me
And never know I'm there!
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mindgames4one From: mindgames4one Date: December 17th, 2003 11:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
You sound exactly like my oldest son. He, also, although very bright and articulate, is frequently overlooked because he is passive, quiet, an introvert, and basically a very content person. And it's not like he hides his candle under a bushel... but people DO need to look for it to see it. It is not always automatically apparent.

Sound familiar? I think so...
renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 18th, 2003 11:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Yep, sounds similar. You've got your own Super Cellophane!
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: December 18th, 2003 04:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Saw the title and wondered about it, thanks for the explanation.
greyyguy From: greyyguy Date: December 18th, 2003 05:43 am (UTC) (Link)
I can see why you got noticed with that costume. I think implicit nudity is kryptonite to invisiblity powers. At least on someone as attractive as you. A similar costume on me would not only act as invisiblity powers, but it would have people wishing that I was completely unseen ;)

I can relate to your point. Though for a very long time, it is what I wanted. I was shy and made a point to not draw attention to myself. I've gotten past wanting that, but it is a hard habit to break.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: December 18th, 2003 07:02 am (UTC) (Link)

Hiding under a bushel?

I think you are pretty flamboyant at least when your self confidence is high.

You are an intelligent, attractive and capable person who needs to realize it all the time!

renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 18th, 2003 01:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hiding under a bushel?

Thanks for the encouragement!
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: December 19th, 2003 06:35 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hiding under a bushel?

Also a HOT BABE!
From: darkonyx Date: December 18th, 2003 08:38 am (UTC) (Link)
I think you couldn't have been more wrong about calling yourself invisible! After all, I was only one of many guys who noticed you and followed you around (drooling) at a crowded Java Conference. Maybe you're more like the Cheshire Cat - that smile always remains!

Now me personally, I use the title Chameleon. I'm not invisible, but I blend in and disappear so well (for many of the same reasons). :)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 18th, 2003 02:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, bear in mind that the conference only had something like 6% women? Maybe a shortage of females works kind of the same as wearing seran wrap. Anyway, it sort of skewed the results. (: (but thanks for the encouragement!)

Chameleon, I like that descriptor too.
From: darkonyx Date: December 18th, 2003 02:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
That 6% is true - but even then you stood out among the few women that was there! Now, if you would have worn the seran wrap at the conference, I could have guaranteed that none of the other women would have been noticed. :)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 19th, 2003 07:50 am (UTC) (Link)
heehee! I bet if I'd worn that outfit, nobody would have learned anything! (myself included..)
From: darkonyx Date: December 19th, 2003 07:57 am (UTC) (Link)
LOL That is so VERY true! :)
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 19th, 2003 08:22 am (UTC) (Link)

Not true

Hardly true. If you wore that outfit, I know several people who would want to teach you a few things... just not anything related to programming ;-)
operatic From: operatic Date: December 18th, 2003 10:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Speaking of Mr. Cellophane...

(I had read this article several days ago, so I knew the reference ;) )
renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 24th, 2003 07:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Cool, hopefully this will enable him to launch his singing and dancing career!
From: blueskies131 Date: December 19th, 2003 08:24 am (UTC) (Link)
i had never noticed that was the title to your journal. but it was very interesting to read why you picked it.
drteeth26 From: drteeth26 Date: December 19th, 2003 04:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am starting to wish I was more peaceful and reserved.

Really, I do.

thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: December 20th, 2003 06:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I am starting to wish I was more peaceful and reserved.

If you really want to be, you can become so. I'm guessing it would take time but it could be worth it. It has been for me.

Then again, most people who know me now wouldn't call me peaceful and reserved. However, anyone who has known me for over 10 years DEFINITELY knows I'm much more reserved now. (grin)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 22nd, 2003 08:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I wouldn't call you reserved. But I would call you peaceful.
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renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 2nd, 2004 07:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: my superpower

Wow, that's a pretty cool superpower too!

People are so strange sometimes. I mean, if they see you, why pretend they haven't?

Where do you work?
mysteryfem From: mysteryfem Date: April 16th, 2004 09:21 am (UTC) (Link)
what an interesting post! :-). I also read your other post about the lj friend and the family crisis. Aswell as your beautiful photo. I saw your name as you commented on fantasymans post just now so i thought id have a read of your profile and a few entries. You seem like a deep and intelligent person. Do you mind if i add you? :-)
I did some photos too in my last few posts and the entries were not what i usually do, so dont let them put you off lol.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: April 19th, 2004 11:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Why thank you! It's always so nice to have somebody new browse through my journal.

You are welcome add me -- I enjoy making new friends. I'll add you back. I havn'et had a chance to look at much of your journal yet, but it looks pretty neat!
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 26th, 2004 01:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

Science of the Cellophane Girl

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but what you are experiencing is not a super power but more a side effect of owning to many felines. I will scientifically explain this.

List of facts:
1) Cats are sneaky.
2) Animals secrete pheromones.
3) Cat hair gets all over everything.
4) Lonely spinsters own several cats (i.e. the crazy cat lady down the street).
5) Cellophane keeps food fresh by keeping air out.

Sneaky cat pheromone coated cat hair from multiple felines cover everything you own. Sneaky cat pheromones rub of the fur on to your person, thus saturation your skin. These sneaky cat pheromones act like a cloaking device causing people dump into and to over look you.

1) The very sexy cellophane Halloween outfit; the cloaking affect was suppressed by the air blocking properties of cellophane. Also the bright colors of the type of cellophane used may have acted like a beacon that over came any remaining sneaky cat pheromones that may have made it past the cellophane allowing others to notice you.
2) Your base personality is strong enough to counteract this sneaky cat pheromone cloaking effect such that the symptoms exhibited are only being bumped into and being over looked. Had your personality not been as vibrant as it is, you may have already been at the spinster stage.

1) You may need to wear other outfits constructed of cellophane more frequently.
2) You should stop owning cats before the situation gets worse and you become the crazy cat lady.

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