Because I'm an introvert, weirdness is an emotion I feel on a daily basis. I remember as a kid thinking that my family was the only normal family in the entire world. Sleepovers were the worst. For many years I would call my parents to come and pick me up in the middle of the night. The car ride home would consist of my repeating the word weird multiple times. "Mom, they don't watch television after eight o'clock. Isn't that weird?" or "Her mom makes all the kids drink milk with their dinner. That is so weird." and "I don't like how loud her family talks. They are just so weird. I'm so glad we are normal." My parents would nod their heads in agreement because deep down they felt the same way. We all do. Our own friends and family are the best and most normal people. End of story. But it is not just people that make me get that weird feeling, it is also places. Example #1- Driving through the potato fields of Hastings, at sunset, listening to "Fields of Gold". Example #2-Walmart on a Friday night. Need I say more. Probably not, but I will. The florescent lights, strangely dressed people, strangely shaped people, barefoot toddlers, and the abundance of yellow smiley faces sends my weirdometer spinning, at which point I have to exit the building. Example #3- Traveling should be fun. And it is fun, that is until we drive through one of those dumpy towns that is overflowing with dilapidated motels and a Dairy Queen that has seen its better days. Towns like that give me the worst weird feeling, like I am about to become part of a scenario similar to that of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre." Movies give me weird feeling too. Example #4- The movie "Gummo" is the all time make you feel weird movie. Only watch this movie if you are not easily offended and if you are looking to have that icky weird feeling for a week. A steamy 45 minute shower won't wash the weird off you after watching this movie. On a day to day basis, I get my weird feelings from ordinary situations.#5- Awkward silences. #6- When someone near me passes gas, and I don't know the person well enough to make a joke like, "Whoa, someone is bleeding the lines!" #7-Riding in the passenger seat of someone's car that I don't know very well. #8- Greetings and Salutations (to hug or not to hug?) #9- When someone walks into the room right after I was talking about him or her. And #10- Waving to someone who didn't actually wave at me but waved to the person behind me.
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