Monday, February 8, 2010

In Which I Stare

Does it ever seem like there are some days where all the weird people in the town you live in come out from hiding and mingle with the rest of the common folk? I know that there are weird people everywhere normally, but these people are the ones that stop you in your tracks, the ones where you actually turn your head to keep watching them because there is just something morbidly fascinating about their blatant weirdness?

For me, yesterday was one of those days.

While out running a few errands about town yesterday, I witnessed the following:
  • An 85-year-old man with a tattered and stained (with what could have been blood) t-shirt tied around his forehead,
  • A woman wearing neon green sweatpants with a massive wedgie seemingly deeper than the Grand Canyon,
  • A man who, while waiting in line at the grocery store checkout, took out his dentures and put them in his coat pocket,
  • A person (gender unknown) dressed in an authentic ninja costume walking down the sidewalk, and
  • A man walking on the shoulder of the road wearing a ripped denim jacket and carrying a baseball bat.
Did we have a full moon recently, or did it get warm enough for a few days where these people came out of hibernation? What is the weirdest thing you've seen around town lately?

Happy Monday, folks.

44 Comments:

Ashton King said...

Thigh high patent leather white high-heel boots... worn over jeans.

And a very large woman, who had a pretty face, wearing teal/turquoise leggings with a purple spandex shirt so tight it had gathered all of her stomach into one general area so that it looked like someone had stuffed a large bowl up under there.

My town is like stepping into a bad 80s movie.

Melissa said...

seriously cannot beat that. hands down most awesome weird people spotting day ever. i bow before the master.

LilVic said...

Woman in late (very late) 60's dining with a group of very scholarly looking seniors.. She strutted past our table with a swagger that was somewhere between cocaine high and runway model..donning skin tight black pants and matching sweater. Her crowning glory, and that which truly caught my attention, was a bright mass of multi coloured braids fastened into a ponytail and exposing the shaved sides of her head.

Moonspun said...

The full moon was last weekend!
I seriously have never understood how someone can walk aroung with a wedgie. Can't they feel that???

Mwa said...

Only in America, I think. Either that or I don't get out much.

TechnoBabe said...

Around here the only thing to see are the various snow blowers and things that look like riding lawn mowers with huge blades in front to scoop the snow.

Tony said...

I think I saw that same woman with the neon sweatpants. It's funny because the other day I took my mom grocery shopping and she caught me taking a picture of a lady much like the one you mentioned. I had to tell her that it's part of my collection of interesting random people on my cell phone - when I see something like that I just take a pic and save it in my phone until the memory is used then I erase them and start all over - hahaha

Alex said...

Oh god...where to start? I live in South Korea and the things I see everyday usually baffle me. I think my favorite was a girl wearing a genuine raccoon tail that she had hooked onto her belt at a club...a regular dance club in Busan.

Melissa said...

Nothing shocks me because I live so close to NYC. If you like to people watch its the place to be.

That said, why do some guys wear appropriate winter clothing when its 15 degrees out with the exception of SHORTS? Parka's, thick gloves, boots.. And shorts?

Dont get me started on the teenage girls doing the same shit with micro mini's, they make me want to follow them home and smack their parents upside the head. I KNOW why they do it. And am I the only one who think Ugg boots are weird looking?

They call me Mo said...

OMG Did I miss National Nija Day again???? (Those were the best days at UNLV.)

She Who Sasses said...

You'd think the blood soaked shirt around an elder's head would bother me, but no....the ninja gear does. WTF NINJA GEAR?!

K. Bender said...

I saw a 350+ pound nun, in full nun attire, on a hover round not once but twice. Gotta love the south...

Feral Female said...

I can`t beat those sightings Geek. You win hands down!

Noelle Sebastian said...

I saw a guy dressed as Jesus (without shoes) walking down the street on Saturday. When I drove by again four hours later, he was still there... Just wandering up and down the sidewalk, in a residential area.

There hasn't been a full moon yet, but it sure seems like it.

Gabby said...

From the sublime to the ridiculous:

Woman of a certain age, rather saftig, short cropped hair dyed black and cut little Dutch boy type style (bangs cut severely across her brow), full lips painted deep red, kohl-lined eyes, conservative black pants suit, large LV bag slung over one arm, and smoking a very large, very fragrant cigar as she shuffled down the street.

Another woman of a certain age, also saftig so the tartan plaid trousers were a bit of a stretch on her (literally and figuratively) but made all the more ridiculous because her rolling shopping cart and her dog's coat were of the same fabric. (Yes, there can be too much of a good thing.)

carissajaded said...

I guess the only thing really "weird" about this is that it was 40 degrees out... but yesterday I saw a really chubby kid chasing an ice cream truck. I mean running with his arm out holding money.

Oh and I saw Bob Ross's younger self

Stevi said...

The time I have seen the most people come out of the woodwork is when I went to a demolition derby. I'll tell ya, I've never seen anything like it.

Mrs Soup said...

Yesterday at the grocery store, saw a woman with a shirt that had some weird twisty back thing, leaving a huge oval in the back...showing her bra straps. She matched this lovely shirt (which had cleavage down to the belly button) with short short jean shorts, fishnets and hooker heels.

To the GROCERY STORE!

Ashley Stone said...

people are crazy!

Beatrix Bernadotte said...

You seem to live in a weird place but I think I can beat that. Where I live you see people like that ALL the time for instance there's this guy that you see like once a month just wondering and talking to him self while whirling his mustache (dont know if you can express it like that). And then there's this other guy that you see all the time that wears A LOT of clothes in the summer and barely nothing in the winter and we have pretty rough winters :P

Phoenix said...

My brilliant explanation: They are what I call Sunday People. Sunday people are people that, because they usually don't work or interact with society during the rest of the week, emerge from their caves on Sundays to go to church, do their grocery shopping, attempt to socialize, etc. and they are the WEIRDEST people on the planet. I see it every week, on Sunday - the worst drivers, the most odd shoppers or pedestrians, the true freaks of this world.

It's all because it's Sunday. And if you don't believe me, try it out - next Sunday, go out and about and watch and see if they don't come out in droves all over again.

#1Nana said...

Those people are always there, they just hang out in different locations than you do. I am always surprised when I go somewhere at a different time than I'm usually there, and there is a whole different crowd. It's like I'm in a parallel universe. Returning pop cans to the recycling center is an entirely different experience during the week (when the professional can pickers are there) than on the weekends when the working moms recycle.
Nana
http://benchmark60.blogspot.com

Chuck said...

I was in Wal-Mart (can't you just find the answer or inspiration for everything in that store?)and I saw a tall good-looking black guy dressed out like P-Diddy...white suit and tie, black shirt (come on it's friggin' February!, sunglasses (rained all day), IPod in hand with earbuds on...and a posse of Diddyettes (3 buxom women all dressed to kill, hangin' on him). Wish I could have got my damn phone camera out in time. Everybody's head was turning. Funny weird shit, dude.

Lady Mama said...

Ew - seriously he took out his dentures while standing in line? I don't get out enough to witness many very weird things... either that or people are very "normal" here?

Sandy said...

Not exactly a strange thing to see but to hear when a grocery checker was talking to a bagger about the bagger dressing her hamster in costumes for holidays.....I wanted to tell them to shut up and do their jobs but it was sort of like watching a train wreck.

Cheryl said...

This is why people should always carry cameras around.

Occasionally called Robbie said...

I'm glad you shared your experiences - made my morning :)

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Badass Geek said...

Ashton King: That's hot.

Melissa: Man. If I had a dollar for every time I've heard that... I'd have a dollar.

LilVic: Said hairstyle was probably the result of the drugs she was likely on.

Moonspun: My point exactly!

Mwa: Most likely you're right... Only in the US.

TechnoBabe: Yeah, we have those around here, too.

Tony: NICE. You have to share some of those pics with us.

Alex: A raccoon tail? Really?

Melissa: Ugg boots are ridiculous.

They Call Me Mo: Maybe, I don't know.

She Who Sasses: EXACTLY.

K. Bender: Gotta love that mobility that HoverRounds give the obese in the nunnery.

Feral Female: Sweet!

Noelle Sebastian: He was probably looking for his posse... er, his disciples.

Gabby: I agree completely.

CarissaJaded: Bob Ross is the shit.

Stevi: I can imagine so.

Mrs Soup: Sounds like my kind of grocery store.

Ashley Stone: Agreed.

Beatrix Bernadotte: The weirdos are everywhere.

Phoenix: Makes complete sense to me.

#1Nana: That reminds me. I've got to return some bottles soon.

Chuck: Bitchin'.

Lady: Perhaps a combination of both?

Sandy: Dressing up a hamster? Really?

Cheryl: I agree.

Occasionally Called Robbie: Glad I could help!

Sharm said...

nice blog !

Everyday Goddess said...

Your town sounds like a Stephen King novel in action.

Great blog ~

Otterboyy said...

This reminded me of an email chain I got and actually opened titled "The People of Walmart" holy .

People are scary!

Sus said...

We like to take pictures of such people with our camera phones and send them to our friends letting them know we located their mom or dad.

Little Ms Blogger said...

So, what you're telling me is that you didn't like my neon green sweatpants? Sniff, sniff....

Coach J said...

People are awesome. I once saw a guy (probably a crazy guy) doing kung fu moves against invisible opponents as he walked down the street.

Amy said...

1) A man with a prosthetic penis, waving it wildly in the streets for people to throw money at him

2) A man fondling a blow up doll and doing the appropriate gestures of lude acts

3) Also an 80 (ish) year old man with huge plastic boobs pertruding from his baseball cap.

....Of course, I was in New Orleans last weekend and Mardi Gras is in full force...so those are all normal occurances I suppose;)

Cynthia said...

{sigh}

I guess not everyone is as blessed as you Baddass. You're sexy and hot!

ForeverRhonda said...

Okay...I always want to take photos of the weird people I see out...but then aren't you the weird person out who is taking photos of the other weird people out? Or is it okay to take pictures? I always feel like I'm being creepy.

Nicole said...

Yep. I completely agree. Badass is hot.

Kate said...

If I can't think of the odd person I see does it mean that it is actually me? Hope you are well Badass - it's been a while

Kate xx
http://secretofficeconfessions.blogspot.com

mepsipax said...

Yeah....try walking around Austin Tx. They had a homeless transvestite run for mayor.

BeautifulWreck said...

I recently saw someone pushing a lawnmower down a main road here in town. It was odd because the grass is all dead in these parts. I thought to myself that it was probably stolen.

Notes From the Grove said...

You know, if you'd stop hanging out at Walmart, you wouldn't have to deal with these people.

(Miss you over at my place! Don't forget to stop by when you get some time!)

Glamour Girl said...

I certainly suppose no one was going to fuck with the guy on the side of the road with the baseball bat. NO ONE.

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