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04/26/2006: "What is Normal?"

"Normal is what everyone else is, and you are not."
Dr. Tolian Soran

"Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for - in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it."
Ellen Goodman

"The only normal people you know are the ones you don't know very well"
Alfred Adler

"To be normal is the ideal aim of the unsuccessful"
Carl Jung

"To study the abnormal is the best way of understanding the normal"
William James

"I want to be different, like everybody else I want to be like
I want to be just like all the different people
I have no further interest in being the same,
because I have seen difference all around,
and now I know that that's what I want
I don't want to blend in and be indistinguishable,
I want to be a part of the different crowd,
and assert my individuality along with the others
who are different like me
I don't want to be identical to anyone or anything
I don't even want to be identical to myself
I want to look in the mirror and wonder,
"who is that person? I've never seen that person before;
I've never seen anyone like that before."
King Missile


1. I (heart) Korean Soap Operas, er, Korean Historical Drama Series http://koreanhistory.tv/series.html
They were showing "Tears of the Dragon" in Pocatello when I was there in 2004 and it was so fascinating to see the family and kingdom stories unfolding with the founding of the Choson Dynasty.

2. I can voluntarily induce occular tremors, that is to say I can rapidly twitch my eyeballs on demand. I've heard it it can be kinda freaky to look at, but I wouldn't know since I've never seen it =)

3. I'm overcoming a sale-shopping compulsion--if it's an incredible price on a food item I must pile my cart high with it... the 50+bags of chocolate chips 2.5# for eighty-eight cents. The whole wheat flour 5# for a dollar, and so on... I'm getting better. We have fewer than 30 cake mixes, jars of peanut butter and boxes of pudding.

4. I loved the NY Mets when I was younger, and I liked to pretend I was one of my favorite players. "Now coming to the bat, Joey Strawberry!" Darryl never was feminine enough for me to use. My sister is a Yankees fan, and my Dad's a Dodgers one. We have NY covered from then to now =)

5. My vans are named George and Washington.

6. My coin collection includes birth year coins for each member of our family, meticulously sorted and stored in ceramic piggy banks. (Good thing we didn't have twins!!)

PS- this is a list of 6 weird things about me generated by Tanya's tag

Replies: 10 Comments

on Wednesday, April 26th, mamacita said

Normally, I'd think you were pretty strange...but...

Hey, if you're different, then I've achieved my lifelong goal of making a difference!

Forgive me, I recently read the 10 winners of the 2006 pun contest, and last night I listened to 'Allan Sherman Live' for the first time in 30 years...ah, he was funny.

Hey, we should take a movie of your eyeball tremors, so you can see what we do!

How did your vans get their names?

on Wednesday, April 26th, Ajoy said


on Wednesday, April 26th, Tanya said

Hi there,
My Dad can make his iris's twitch. Michael has yet to see it! Is this kind of the same phenomenon, or is yours the whole eye? Just wondering. My Dad only does it when he thinks some one isn't watching for it that is why Michael has never seen it. :)

on Wednesday, April 26th, MomR said

Which van is George and which is Washington? Both are pretty nice. I'm glad you have them.

That occular tremor sounds interesting!

I love you.

on Thursday, April 27th, Moi said

You are funny too, Mama!

We should record that sometime...

The vans got their names after we realized it would save us a lot of time when we said "time to get in the van"
"which van?"

Sam & Jam were the first suggestions, and some other rhyming ones I don't remember. Any pairs that sounded alike didn't make it past the committee =)

Eventually, George and Washington were suggested and unanimously approved and that as they say, is history.

Tanya, I don't know if it's just iris twitching or not. I used to be able to do it one eye at a time, but I don't seem to have that control right now. Next time we're together, we'll have to let you compare!

MomR, George is the former Idaho resident, Washington is the darker of the two blues =)
They do make our lives so much easier... we are blessed.

on Friday, April 28th, Noelie said

You did this one for me right?? lol

What amazes me is the very strange people that a call center like I work in attracts.

We had a girl just yesterday yelling at a disconnect recording that "your face is disconnected"..
Don't ask, you really DO NOT want to know!

on Saturday, April 29th, Moi said

::shaking head:::
Oh Noelie, better you than me, that's all I can say. I have some minor skillz in dealing with the irrational(or rather *not* dealing them) but day in and day out ~whew~

on Saturday, April 29th, Barb said

I guess that I like people to think I am cute or quirky but I do not like them to think that I am a freak. I am pretty normal when you factor out my ocd and sometimes manic episodes. Other than that, I am so normal it is amazing. :)

on Saturday, April 29th, Barb said

I wrote a poem a little while back that goes along with this topic. Here it is. I want to fit in. I want to stand out./ I want to be quiet./ I want to shout./ I want to think clearly and freely before I decide to follow./ I want to find ways to bring happiness and take away sorrow./ I want to find my own identity./ I want to feel one among the many./ And most of all I want to be who I was meant to be./ Me!!!

on Wednesday, May 3rd, Moi said

Barb, I really like that poem. It speaks to me in my struggle to recapture the wonderful things that make me, to remember that those contradictions can be normal healthy and each needed in its place.

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