Monday, May 19, 2008

I'm a Weirdo

Thank you, Shannon for the tag. You'd think after all the memes, I'd have no more weirdness left to reveal. Alas, here are ten more.

1. I married my first wife in the woods by a big old tree. It was a small impromptu ceremony during recess, officiated by a third-grader on a large stump. Her name was Renee. I really didn't want to marry her, but I had to if I wanted to be a member of the "gang." Everyone in the gang had a woman. It was amazingly sexist.

2. At age 16, I was a busboy in a hotel restaurant. Too lazy to "break down" the salad bar the correct way (making several trips to remove the ice cubes in big buckets), I decided it would be much easier to melt the ice with scalding water from the coffee machine. One night, I slipped while carrying a bus pan of hot water over to the salad bar. I had 2nd- and 3rd-degree burns up and down both legs and spent the summer on my back in pain while my skin reformed. You'll see a recurring theme in this list regarding my severe lack of judgment.

3. In real life, I'm pretty quiet and shy. Takes me a long time to feel comfortable around people.

4. In my early teens, I had trichotillomania. You can look it up. I'd rather not define it. Was hard enough just admitting this.

5. My favorite flavor ice cream has been the same since I was a kid. Chocolate chip mint.

6. In 1980, I was a 10-year-old disco god. In my powder blue suit with white satin tie and matching cap, I worked my mad dance skills at a school show, dancing to 'Pop Muzik' by British new wave band, M. "New York, London, Paris, Munich. Everybody talk about pop muzik."

7. I was quite the entrepreneur in high school. For just $200, my friend and I invested in a fake ID operation - a large cardboard replica of a Vermont drivers' license. We bought it from a couple of upperclassmen looking to lay low and get out of the ID game. It looked awful. We hung it on a wall at my friend's townhome when his father was away on business. Customers forked over 30 or 40 bucks and then stood in position to have just their head photographed with a Polaroid. Half of the students at my central New Jersey high school lived on Pinecrest Avenue in Vermont.

8. I am unhandy. My neighbor will often ask for my help while he's building something elaborate. He's currently building a wooden castle for the kids. He asks me to hand him a three-quarter-inch something-or-other and I shuffle through the toolbox, eventually handing him something completely wrong like a tape measure or a bottle of glue. "Whoa!" I stand with Charlie in awe as my neighbor operates a circular saw. A chainsaw. A ladder. A hammer.

9. I am the king of corny. I wrote a song for Susanne and sang it to her at our wedding reception with my trusty guitar. Despite #3.

10. I'd like to swim with dolphins, see a UFO and write a book. Not all at the same time though.


At 7:02 AM, Blogger Shannon said...

I love the picture. That's the way to stay alive, my man.

These were good facts!!

Ouch on the burns.....

I had a friend in H.S. who had trichotillomania where she'd pull out her eyelashes. She'd put mascara on the two or three she had left. Electric blue mascara!

My favorite ice cream flavor is mint chocolate chip.

At 7:12 AM, Blogger Lea said...

I never knew the hair pulling thing had a name- When I was a toddler, I pulled out all the hair on the right side of my head. My dad then shaved the rest of my hair off to even things out. Everyone thought I was a boy.
I never pulled my hair again.

That picture is groovy. Nicholas from 8 Is Enough has nothing on you.

At 8:57 AM, Blogger Scott K. Johnson said...

Classic picture!

At 10:22 AM, Blogger Poet with a Day Job said...

nice suit. goes perfect with the shag decor.

At 5:58 PM, Blogger Araby62 said...

That's the way, uh huh uh huh, I like it, uh huh uh huh...:) Man you're weird. But it's a sincere compliment!

At 4:12 PM, Blogger Chops said...

I think I owned the same suit. I was tearing it up on LI while you were hitting the floor in NJ.(psst..I think I have trichotillomania)And that song wasn't corny btw.

At 9:57 AM, Blogger Penny said...

I married my first husband on the playground too. I used the wrapping off of a nutty buddy (ice cream) as my bouquet. We went down the slide for our honeymoon. (Yes, that's what they were calling it in those days.)

At 8:45 AM, Blogger Kerri. said...

These are fantastic facts. Since I'm all in my newly wedded glow, the one about you singing a song to your (second) wife had me a bit choked up.

And my fake ID from college had me on High Street in Vermont. I'm not even sure there was a town involved. Needless to say, it was taken from me after just a few pub crawls. But it was the best $40 I ever spent. :)


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