The Mad Ones.

Tonight, I find myself thinking about crazy people. Luckily for me, this town is full of ’em.

When I was 14, I had a friend who told me that he really thought the crazy people were the ones who truly had it all together. Their reality was the truth of the world, they were the ones who were truly paying attention.

I suppose I appreciated his words, as they’ve stuck with me, and mental illness is something I know all too well – genetics have taken care of that for me. And every now and then, my crazy-craze manifests itself in different ways, but most of the time I eat some chocolate, hope for a better tomorrow in which my mind will STFU, and call it a day.

I met up with a friend I haven’t seen since I left grad school at a local Starbucks this evening. Before I even got there, there was a man who was talking on his cell about buying a birth certificate, and generally being a nuisance and scaring people. When I got there, he stood for a long time at our table (it was a huge table), until one of the baristas came over and told him he was scaring people and he either had to buy something or leave.

Instead he went into the bathroom, and decided to go to the bathroom without closing the bathroom door. He showed that barista, alright. My friend and I didn’t see anything, though we were a few feet away. We got complimentary drink coupons; when you’re faced with the slightest hint of public indecency, you might as well be caffeinated for it, am I right?

Thinking that that was enough fun for the night, I found myself waiting for the bus. Because the city was working on a stretch of sidewalk, a bunch of people crowded together on the street behind barricades to wait for the bus. Most of these people were smoking so I just stood off to the side (normally smoke doesn’t bother me, but I had a headache from not eating anything since lunch). So I’m standing there, with my headphones, and one of these other crazy dudes just looks directly at me and starts talking.

Now, I couldn’t hear him because I had music playing, but it was obvious that he was intent on speaking to me. I did the thing you normally do where you sort of shuffle and look around for a bit in any other possible direction until you’re sure the attention has been diverted from you… until you realize that you’re looking at the same guy who hasn’t been deterred by your obvious uncomfortable-shuffle dance. (Because he has it all together. He gets it. And you don’t.)

All was fine once I got on the bus; he chose someone else to talk to. But sometimes I wish that I wouldn’t be a magnet. Like, solidarity and all of that! but… leave me alone. I got headphones on, those magical barriers to conversation.

95 Responses to “The Mad Ones.”

  1. or web hosting

    Hello There. I found your blog using msn. This is a very well
    written article. I will be sure to bookmark it and return to read
    more of your useful info. Thanks for the post.
    I will certainly comeback.


    Its like you read my mind! You appear to know so much about this,
    like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with a few pics to drive the message home a bit,
    but instead of that, this is fantastic blog.
    An excellent read. I will definitely be back.


    I’m really enjoying the theme/design of your web site.
    Do you ever run into any browser compatibility issues? A couple of
    my blog audience have complained about my site not working
    correctly in Explorer but looks great in Safari.
    Do you have any tips to help fix this problem?


    I blog often and I truly appreciate your content. The article has really peaked
    my interest. I will take a note of your blog and keep
    checking for new details about once per week. I opted in for your
    Feed too.

  5. UgoFut

    [url=]metformin average cost[/url] [url=]online pharmacy denmark[/url] [url=]cialis price south africa[/url] [url=]cialis generic online india[/url] [url=]viagra online no script[/url]

  6. Ezekiel Coyan

    I simply couldn’t depart your site before suggesting that I actually loved the usual info a person supply on your guests? Is going to be again continuously to check out new posts|

  7. Marleen Sirmans

    Its like you read my mind! You seem to understand so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I feel that you can do with a few percent to drive the message home a bit, but other than that, that is magnificent blog. A great read. I will definitely be back.|

  8. Lizabeth Meng

    I think this is among the most significant information for me. And i am glad reading your article. But should remark on few general things, The site style is great, the articles is really nice : D. Good job, cheers|

Leave a Comment

  • (will not be published)

XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>