Want to know what it’s like to be a 7-footer in an everyday setting? Well you’re in luck, I will comically tell you of my experiences.
Let’s choose a random day like a Wednesday. Let’s also throw in an Indiana Pacers home game for good measure.
I usually like to find street parking to avoid paying for garages or lots and walk. I don’t mind walking because it gives me a chance to think about whatever is on my mind. As I’m walking towards Bankers Life Fieldhouse, I notice myself becoming more and more submerged into a crowd of Pacers fans and fans of whatever team they are playing.
I usually wear my Pacers jacket or sweatshirt to the games because it’s fashionable and warm. The Fieldhouse tends to be cold and I hate being cold.
I cannot tell you how many times I have caught someone just simply staring at me. I know, I’m tall. Not many people see a 6-foot-9 maybe 6-foot-10 person doing everyday things like they would but us tall guys have to live too.
It starts to become a bit annoying when people make sound effects like I’m some art exhibit. Hearing “WHOA!” or “DAMN!” or “WOW!” can wear a person down when it’s an everyday thing. It is usually followed with people staring with their jawbones on the floor.
One thing I cannot figure out is how people will ask me if I play for the Pacers when I’m standing in the same concession stand line they are standing in. Like come on now, do you really think I’d be buying this burger and fries if I did?
Surely, you guys have to think about the questions you ask tall people before you ask them.
One more thing that’s annoying but to a lesser degree is when people tell me “you’re tall.” My initial response is to say “no sh—“ but I have to remember not everyone thinks before they speak.
That’s just a Pacers game mind you. Let’s take this situation to a grocery store where people are almost ready to crash their carts into the aisles trying to stare and walk.
Being 81.4 inches tall without shoes is fun but mildly annoying at times. Especially for a person like me who is reserved and doesn’t mind staying in the house all day long.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m friendly. I like to meet new people but sometimes I just don’t want to deal with the crowds and their tonsils when they look at me.
Peace. Love. Think before you speak.