Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Odd obsessions

Ever wonder what the media would be covering if the Gosselins were behaving nicely? Or what they would be covering lately if it hadn't been for the deaths of Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson, and now Ted Kennedy?

Of course, that was the topic of all news as I turned on the TV this morning while I was getting to work, complete with the statement from Arnold Schwarzenegger about "Uncle Teddy". Yeah, it was his uncle-in-law, but the "Uncle Teddy" part seemed a little odd.

It has actually been a touch couple of weeks for the Kennedys as two siblings have died within as many weeks. Strangely though, what I thought about this morning was not only how this hit the family hard, but about a friend I had in high school who as best I can figure would be devastated.
At least I guess you could call her a friend. We were for a while during the time we were in school together - our first three years of high school.

To say Allison was obsessed with the Kennedy family may have been an understatement. We are talking a 16 year old in 1993, not 1963. That in and of itself could be considered odd. There is no doubt in my mind that she had the Kennedy family tree memorized down to exact birthdates. I'm pretty sure she knew the Kennedys' extended family too.

OK, if this weren't all enough, she wrote fictional short stories about members of the Kennedy family. She probably complied them all into a romance novel. And she would write herself into the story, marrying a Kennedy.

Very strange, really. And I'm not making this up.

If a couple of my co-workers are reading this, they are wondering what they often say to me, "how do you find these people?" I think I'm an oddball magnet.

I couldn't make all these things up if I tried. Speaking of oddballs, another one found me today. I was trying to hide from this person and hope he would forget about me. No such luck. He's not a stalker or anything, and I don't know him personally, but it is a work contact that we'd really rather not deal with if we could get away with it. I got an email from him today...

So anyway, if you have any stories of people with odd obsessions, post a comment. I'd love to read them.

1 comment:

Pam said...

I am an oddball magnet too. My friends tell me often, "You attract the weirdest people."