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So. This thing.

Actually, it's not a thing, but a weirdness, and for the life of me, I cannot work out why they are acting this way.

(Note: I seriously doubt it is any of you who read here. If it were, I'd obviously flock and filter. A lot.)


Have you ever been reading along in a comm with all these people you know, and thought you have known for five billion years, and then they say something so batshit with such earnestness you kind of get why Jeffrey Dahmer's neighbors had no idea?

(Note: this is not about friends becoming serial killers. Unless you are one. In which case, please don't tell me, because I cannot take this many shocks in one day.)

It's *weird*. If this were a novel, no one would believe this characterization twist.

In far less interesting news (which is saying something), I got a sudden sharp pain in my arm and shoulder and wondered if I were having a stroke*, then ate a granola bar. I feel it brings me closer to everyone to share this.

*(Note: As it turns out, it's from using my left arm to hold up my head while sitting at my desk for six hours a day. My logic sometimes isn't earth logic. Also, I'm lazy. Surprise, surprise.)

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Yes. Except less with the internet. And more with the neighbors.

Point. For me, though, RL batshit is a lot harder to track down. *sad* Not as much documentation.

You say documentation, they say invasion of privacy.

Wait I'm missing something, you totally have to share what this batshit insane stuff is. Come on, please, I'm curious now.

See, now I'm just curious. Was it theoretically crazy, or they have members of their family held hostage in the basement, crazy?

Edited at 2008-07-03 09:26 pm (UTC)

I'm with dovil (though the never buys me drinks, geez).

I am curious.

Also, so sorry about your stroke. (gets you yogurt for your granola)

But I'm always good for the nachos. Or holding hair back if required.

Not so much on comms, because I never read very many consistently, but on mailing lists, yes. And in RL, which was way freakier.

Comms, mailing lists, RL -- it's always startling. o.O

Yes. Yes I have witnesses this phenomena. Usually, it's in a community where I'd kind of expect it. Where there's happiness and cookie recipes and love and then wait for it... wait for it... YES! insanity.

In honor of More Joy Day

I just wanted to let you know, that although I lurk and rarely comment, I have enjoyed reading your LJ for a couple of years now. I find your take on things both humorous and insightful and I love, love your fic.

I just wanted to say, thank you for being you, and for sharing it with the rest of us.

This has happened surprisingly often in rl. And also not in the comm I was in, but in a comm I was thinking of joining and was populated with many of the people in the comm I was in. It was incredibly disconcerting, to say the least.

nestra, shrift and I were exchanging stories about our first, tiny little fandom... and counting how many of these women (many of whom we met, again very small fandom) ended up being completely and totally batshit.

It always makes me question my people skills, when the batshit comes from (to me) no where.

I hang out on a tech/mudding board. One of the guys (he always seemed really nice) got in a flame thing with another guy and I went to his blog to read the source material for myself. Turns out nice guy is a balls-to-the-wall racist and the things he and his friends wrote about women were so violent and creepy it actually scared me.

He doesn't post on the board anymore, but I still feel all icked out. He seemed so...normal and all the time he was this monster.

Er...hopefully your eye-opening thing was not as tramatic. ;)

Sometimes there are parts of people that just don't ever come out when you talk to them. I was once friends with a girl for two years, the type of friends who eat lunch together and watch tv together and rant about politics together.

Then one day I was talking about how early geologists had to spend a long time disproving Noah's Flood and she almost started crying and yelled at me that I was insulting her religion because she believes that everything in the Torah is true.


Sometimes you just don't know people as well as you think you do.

*pets the boys*

Yes, yes it is. I think dramaphile made it a while ago.

Batshit with a hint of earnestness is nothing if not off-putting

I understand, as a batshit crazy person myself, I can totally understand how others might be fooled by my calm, sweet and unassuming demeanor.


Also, don't freak me out with the stroke talk. I'm old and my heart can't take the stress!!

Heh. I was perfectly sane... then perimenopause hit. And all those sitcoms with crazy women-of-a-certain-age suddenly stopped being insulting and started feeling very real to me. Every so often I even scare myself with the crazy!

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