Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Weird Is Beautiful


One of my favorite authors of all time is Chuck Klosterman, and I remember somewhere in one of his books he thanked his wife for letting him be weird. Because he's my boy, I totally knew what he meant.

The thing is, I am weird, and I love that I'm weird. To be normal is to be boring, or better yet, it is to be like everyone else; what people would expect you to be like. Now, I don't mean I'm full on crazy - I'm not wrapping myself in aluminum foil and yelling nonsense at pedestrians or anything. No, I just mean weird, and the worst thing in the world for a weird guy is to be totally not understood because then he's trying to be a normal, bastardized version of himself to suit those around him. I hate that watered down crap version of Dr. Ken.

On the other hand, the best thing in the world for a weird guy is to be completely understood, and then I can be that wonderfully goofy bastard that can just say messed up stuff that's actually kind of creative, if you're open to it. That Ken will leave a lasting impression on you at a party because he'll never bore with mundane crap; he'll entertain you. That's the Ken that I know and love, and that's the one I want to let loose upon the world because he's got a lot to say.

10 comments:

Andrew said...

I have yet to read any Klosterman but I've been told I'd like him quite a bit.

There is nothing wrong with being weird, unless of course it's forced & intrudes on the boundaries of others. Can't stand that stuff.

It's so difficult to find people who can appreciate us in our weirdness. Definitely one of life's biggest struggles, at least for me.

Kadonkadonk said...

You are definitely the good weird.

Miss Organizized said...

Being weird is being AWESOME and interesting AND sexy and pretty much the coolest. My weirdness has totally been downplayed since I switched jobs (from agency WEIRDOS GALORE to corporate blaaaaaah). It makes me sad all day. Keep the weird alive yo!

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater said...

Drew: Glad you feel me, and yeah, read some Chuck or listen to some podcasts with him.

Donk: Thanks. Yeah, I saw some bad weird at the concert I was at tonight. Bad, bad weird.

Orgo: I've never heard of weird being sexy, but I think you're right. When a chick's a little "off" in the way she acts, talks, or thinks, it's hot to me. True . . .

radioactive girl said...

I don't tend to go for the traditional "hot guy" kind of hot guy. Well, I mean for the last million years I have been married but before that, my idea of hot was kind of more funny (that is a HUGE one), brainy, nerdy, different. I think most of the time personality makes someone way more hot and interesting than outward appearance does. I guess I will have to see what my new "type" is when I get to that point.

Heff said...

Please tell me he got his ASS SUED OFF for using a Black Sabbath song title .....

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater said...

Radio: So, you're out there in the single world again? Go get 'um!!

Heff: I'm sure he got permission for that one. Great song, right?

radioactive girl said...

Ha! No, not yet. But at least now I can see a place where one day I will be ready so that's a start anyway. Baby steps and I'll be fine.

Mr. Shife said...

I was just telling Mrs. Shife the other day that weird is normal if you are living with me. Be that goofy bastard and enjoy the ride. If people don't like it then you probably don't want those people in your life anyway. Stay weird my friend.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater said...

Radio: Good girl. I think you're going to come out of this thing stronger than ever based on what I'm hearing from you. Just cook stuff like that fudge for dudes, and I think you're all set.

Shife: I know you'd see it my way. You're my homey. My weird-ass brother from another mother.