Last week, someone who I had never had a conversation with, who had never seen me with a book in my hand said to me:
Oh, I thought I'd see you reading some big intellectual book.
At the time, I was skimming through some glossy magazine that came free with a newspaper, just in case there were any pictures of pretty handbags. There weren't, so I got my book out my bag.
The observation amused me immensely.
...and this is the point where I was going to make some vaguely amusing joke about how I must have 'I read books' tattooed to my forehead. It's not funny, because in actual fact my name badge at work says 'I like reading'. At work we all have something about ourselves on our name badges in a bid to make us all feel more like individuals. I do like reading, obviously, but I half wondered if it would make people realise that I am actually literate, therefore not stupid, therefore stop being incredibly rude to me. So far, this hasn't worked. It has, however, been noted by one customer to be 'cute.'
My name badge isn't the point.