It was very subtle, actually, but the signal was there. Something about the man was a little off. Not the hat, it was fine. It was an old NHL hat, last season’s design, but OK. It wasn’t the windbreaker – we were on a boat, after all – and it wasn’t the pants, although they were kind of big, and baggy, and not in the cool way. But I didn’t notice that until afterwards.
After I had seen the subtle signal.
He smiled at me which was a nice enough gesture for me to forgive him for cutting in front of me in the line. Besides, I could tell he was traveling with friends who were already standing in front of me.
But. What made me do a double take was this:
The man had his shoes on the wrong feet.