Michele On August - 30 - 2011

The world is full of strange people.

Another one made the news just a couple of days ago.

Personally I wouldn’t do what that guy did. (Streaking during a storm that is.) A piece of flying glass could’ve changed him from a rooster to hen in the blink of an eye.

But for the most part strange people don’t bother me as long as they’re not scary strange.

I don’t cross the street to avoid them. In fact I usually go out of my way to talk to them, since most people don’t I figure.  Some of them can be pretty entertaining actually.

When we owned our mortgage company I’d go to the closings wearing a tall stovepipe hat with neon polka dots. But then we took loan apps wearing T-shirts and shorts so we were unconventional anyway. Our borrowers loved us. They all thought we were easy to talk to.

I once spoke to man who was wearing nothing but a hospital gown. This wouldn’t have been unusual in a hospital of course, but we were in downtown Houston.

There are no hospitals in downtown Houston.

The man was originally from Memphis and had worked for Elvis back in the day.  He was fascinating and surprisingly didn’t seem overtly wacko.  Although we chatted for awhile, he never asked me for a thing.  And when we finally parted ways the subject of why he was wearing only a hospital gown had just never come up.

I once was behind a man in uptown Houston (home of the Houston Galleria) a very chi-chi area, at the Jack- in- the- box drive through lane at 2am.

Not so unusual, except for the fact he was on a horse.

If this had happened in Austin I probably wouldn’t even be mentioning it.

 The last time I was in Austin I spoke to a man who had a full beard- on half his face- only half. Somehow there it didn’t seem particularly odd.

This shirt pretty much sums up the Austin mindset.

Of course no one who lives there actually wears those shirts. The tourists, especially those from small town USA, just eat them up them though. I think they think they’re being edgy by wearing it.

But that’s the mindset of the locals there for sure. Unfortunately Austin is still growing. Now there are high rises in downtown filled with according to Brett ” Dallas hipster douchebags” who complain about the music coming from the bars downtown at night.

(I didn’t realize you could be a hipster and a douchebag at the same time. I’d thought those were mutually exclusive, but that’s a discussion for another day.)

Of course Houston does have smidgen of weirdness, the Art Car Parade. It’s fun for sure; but it’s only 1 weekend a year. The rest of the time the cars only come out for special events.

Still, a little big of weird is better than none at all I suppose.

When my hair finally goes totally gray, which I’m estimating will be about 10 years, I still intend to color it. But instead of soft brown, it’s going to be screaming pink or neon blue- something memorable.

Why be boring, especially when you’re older? Most likely you don’t have a boss to worry about anymore.

Of course I suppose your uniqueness could perhaps be used against you at a commitment hearing at some point. But then most of truly the fun things in life carry at least a modicum of risk don’t they?

What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve ever done?

But always remember, life is short- let your freak flag fly.


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26 Responses so far.

  1. Pam says:

    I don’t have a choice. My freak flag is just out there. On it’s own volition.
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  2. Janet NZ says:

    … you should see the way I dress… :-) Do I have room for a poem?
    Warning – by Jenny Joseph

    When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
    With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me,
    And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
    And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.
    I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired
    And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
    And run my stick along the public railings
    And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
    I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
    And pick the flowers in other people’s gardens
    And learn to spit.

    You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
    And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
    Or only bread and pickle for a week
    And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

    But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
    And pay our rent and not swear in the street
    And set a good example for the children.
    We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

    But maybe I ought to practise a little now?
    So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
    When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.
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  3. Cheryl P. says:

    I love when others are different or unique. I find that so interesting. I prefer to blend in to the crowd. I don’t see me ever having blue or pink hair but I will be chatting up the person that does.
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    • Michele says:

      You never know young one. Your inner freak may still surface and by then you may be ready to embrace it.

      But in the meantime at least you’ll be able to find me easily.:)

  4. Dazee says:

    I love that you have talked to “different” people. That’s why we are friends. :)
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  5. Michele says:

    You meet some real characters by doing so. I can’t believe more people don’t do it. Some of them are super nice and starved for conversation. I highly recommend it.

  6. TRACK says:

    M, Told you I can take you anywhere!…TRACK :-)))

  7. Pearl says:

    1. I intend to dye my hair eihter white or blue. Seriously.
    2. Austin sounds quite a bit like Minneapolis, right down to the art cars. Now I have to go there…
    3. The weirdos and I are also on speaking terms. I like people who think/act for themselves, and I can always use more “interesting” in my life.

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    • Michele says:

      I totally agree with you Pearl. Oatmeal people are everywhere. I have a lot of friends that are oatmeal folks. But variety makes life so much more interesting.

      I had no idea Minneapolis was like Austin. We were there for 17 days a few years ago when we did the MN sate fair; but I all saw was the fairgrounds.

  8. melynda says:

    I think I better pass on telling you the weirdest thing I ever did. However I will tell you a car full of oriental guys kept passing my girlfriends and I while we were on a road trip and making some very rude gestures. I dropped trough and mooned them for the next 3 miles. Not weird I guess but I was just expressing my discontent until my friend told me they were video taping. I guess my ass is on Youtube somewhere. Oh well.
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  9. Michele says:

    Unless you have a tat on your ass with your full name on it, I certainly wouldn’t worry about it. A bare backside is no big deal these days.

    Come on now, fess up. You can’t shock me- seriously, you can’t.

  10. I went skinny dipping which doesn’t seem outrageous but I was on a road trip with girlfriends and one of them got the disposable camera out and got some ‘lovely’ full frontal shots. Again this wouldn’t be so bad but the next day my purse was stolen and the disposable camera (which was hardly used) was inside. So potentially I could have my own porn site and not even know it!
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  11. Michele says:

    Did you friend not think about having to have those photos developed? Skeevy guys in photo labs have been known to keep extra copies of certain photos for themselves. It happened to a friend of mine she later discovered.

    Luckily these days if you want snaps like that you can just print them at home.:)

    • No, she didn’t think about what we were going to do about developing the camera but that ended up being the least of our problems when it was stolen. We still hope and pray that the culprit just took out my cash and cards and chucked the rest of my contents. I have heard about those creeper photo developers though….yikes!
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      • Michele says:

        I wouldn’t worry too much kiddo. A lot of reputable places wouldn’t develop them at all, especially if it was awhile back. Besides you didn’t have any farm animals or little people in the photos with you, did you?

        If not, your stuff probably didn’t make the cut anyway- for a wacko that is.

  12. I am going to marry a man. And then I’m going to make him grow a half-beard.

    I cannot wait.
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  13. Michele says:

    Photos please then young one.

  14. Blimey, I feel really left out. There have been no male streakers in the vicinity since I move here. Mind you, Oxfordshire is a middle-class strong-hold and if blokes flipped out their dick, it probably wouldn’t be tolerated. So boring!
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  15. Gina Fox says:

    I have a lot of friends that are oatmeal folks. You can’t shock me- seriously, you can’t. Well you can always live the wild life vicariously young one. Seriously.
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  16. Lisa Avery says:

    Blimey, I feel really left out. My freak flag is just out there. And set a good example for the children. I can’t believe more people don’t do it.
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  17. Arline Schmidt says:

    You can’t shock me- seriously, you can’t. Click here to cancel reply.
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  18. Hanna Ross says:

    I will make my own freak flag.
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