I did it again today. Part of a large gathering of people. Made contact with the people I wanted to, the ones who mattered. And after that, I blended into the background. Sure I occupied some amount of physical space, especially since I've gained a few kilos, but apart from the odd glance that was really a half who-the-hell-is-this-guy-anyway kind of glare, I was invisible.
I've often wondered what it's like to be somewhere, but to not really be there. Now, I've discussed with a couple of friends the art, or unfortunate circumstance, of being alone in a crowd, but this isn't the same thing. It's like being there, within some sort of striking distance of people. There, so that if you really had to you could do anything you wanted. Moreover, people don't see you and they'll continue conversing and conducting themselves in a "business as usual" manner, as if you didn't exist. The funny thing about this is you get to hear things that you normally wouldn't. State secrets being exchanged in hushed tones. Business deals worth billions being closed with nothing more than a wink, a nod and a handshake. It's almost like you've suddenly developed this sense of omniscience; being everywhere and knowing everything. Intoxicating!
Hovering around. Like a fly on the wall. Being something that no one cares to notice. But, being all-knowing and anywhere you choose to be.