In my family, strange is the norm. There’s something different about our brains that make us think words like ‘cookie’ are funny or that Balki Bartokomous’ dance of joy is awesome (yes, a sister and I have it memorized). There’s something about my own subconscious that makes my dreams vivid and odd – like the one from last night, where I was with a group of people running around my home church trying to get away from a very slow-moving zombie who always seemed able to catch up. Or there’s Uncle Pickle, who’s evidently gone AWOL as of this month – mail returned with no forwarding address, phone disconnected, pretty much an almost-missing person. Shannon, if you’re reading this, don’t freak out.
So I suppose it comes as no surprise that I find myself in unusual circumstances often. For example, I currently have no place to live. My address, according to the USPS, is in Indianapolis, but I’m still working in Boston. For now, I take my housing where I can get it. Last night I was at my friend Jeff’s apartment. He was out of town , so I was there alone with his roommate Erin, who I’d never met before. Somewhere nearby there’s a psychic dog. I know, because whenever I was about to fall asleep, he would bark. Not for a long period – just one or two sharp staccato ‘roofs’ just as I was reaching unconsciousness. If I wasn’t so tired, I would’ve been fascinated. The roommate was nice though she may have thought I was a freak. I swear I wasn’t scary – I just sat there alone in the living room all night, completely silent. Erin, I was working on my law school scholarship video all night. Really! And I got quite a bit done, too. So far it’s awesome, but since I think parts of it are funny, it may be a little weird.
The word itself however – weird – was not originally meant to have negative connotations. it signified the unusual, the different, the unique and wonderful. Before even adjective meanings, it was a noun and a verb. It meant fate and power, the influence of the gods and the ability to read their intentions. It was a word that implied magic, the supernatural, a force that causes things to spring into being. So this whole predisposition may be to my benefit after all.