you are arduously researching non-profit budgets or watching back episodes of "carpoolers" online. you are certainly not preoccupied with any open gchat messages or IM convos you have going on. because, really, they are just there to pass the time while you are doing more important things. totally.
but then, out of the corner of your eye, you think you see something move. a message atop your gmail page to alert you that the witty comment you sent ten minutes ago has finally garnered a response! hooray! i mean, a watched chat never boils, so you know not to stare at it, which is why you are busy with other things. and why your peripheral vision has a hair trigger.
because actually, there is no response to your wit and humor. the movement was all a trick on your mind.
and that, my friends, is wishful blinking.