I like to believe that people think of me as clever, witty, eclectic, fun, handsome (okay, let's come back down to earth). But the point is, I think of myself as, basically, normal, and I assume that others feel the same way.
Turns out, that ain't necessarily so. My case in point:
You may recall my little arm hair incident, from a few weeks back. If not, here it is in a nutshell: I got a giant glob of foam insulation stuck to my rather hairy arm, and had to shave my right forearm. That's the short version, if you'd like the details, here they are.
Well, a week or so after this traumatic event, my in-laws were over for dinner. They'd been there for MORE THAN AN HOUR, when my mother-in-law couldn't hold it back any longer.
Mother-in-law: Chris, can I ask you a question?
Me: Why certainly, you can ask me anything. You're like a mother to me.
Mother-in-law: Why is half of your right arm shaved?
And before I could answer, my father-in-law pipes in:
Father-in-law: Yeah, I was wondering about that too.
Me: Well, why didn't you just ask me about it?
Father-in-law: Well, I just thought it was one of those weird things that you do.
Just how weird do these people think I am? Sure, I've done this, and this, and this, and this, and this, and this, and this.....phew......and this. And THIS was a doozy.
But, do you really think I'm weird enough to just randomly shave half of my right arm?
I wonder what else they think I do...
Come to think of it, my parents rarely let me play in the front yard as a child -- and I'm pretty sure they weren't worried about my safety...
And just in case you're still wondering if I'm not just a little cracked...
Things I did once: #9
So, I was about nine or ten, and we'd gone to visit my grandmother. As I walked into the kitchen, I noticed, on the table, a very large serrated bread knife. And naturally I wondered how sharp it was.
And naturally I wondered what would happen if I drew the knife blade across the palm of my hand.
And naturally it cut my hand wide open.
I actually remember thinking -- as I looked at the self inflicted gash on my hand -- "Huh, should have seen that one coming..."