I had dinner last night with a friend at the Mall so we could watch the little trick or treaters as they shuffled from store to store collecting their goodies. I met her there directly after work. There was also a rock and roll band playing loudly, and my friend, much as I enjoy her company, is a non-stop, fast talker. After we ate and chatted (mostly I listened!) we wandered the mall a bit, until I reached my tolerance limit for crowds. By the time I got to my car I was shaking from the overload, had trouble focusing my eyes, and was exhausted. I had taken most of dinner home with me, as I cannot eat in that sort of chaos. Driving home was a challenge, especially navigating the flares and flashing lights of an bad accident scene. The lights confused me, and I just kept praying, "please just get me home!!". I did get home ok, and it was wonderful to just be in my calm and quiet home. Today I am flaring, and tired, and way too irritable to be dealing with teenagers. But, I am here anyway. So, does sensory overload do this to others also? Or am I truly strange? Or both??? *g* (if I can still smile, I'll be ok. It's Friday. I may live.) Thanks for any responses! Peace, Beth.