This post is anything but normal
3:34 AM | Author: Rambunctious WhipperSnapper
So I ran into this old school friend of mine. Actually, I shouldn't really say friend. More of an acquaintance. I mean I don't even have him listed as a friend in facebook. How much of a friend would he be?

Anyways, we got to talking, and by talking I mean he was saying something while I was nodding along trying to remember his name. Which, by the way, I couldn't. So the words "dude", "buddy" and "bro" were used a lot.

Anyways, when I finally gave up trying to remember his name, (to be fair I even tried word association but all I came up with was Freckles, which I think is self-explanatory), he told me he was getting married. I looked at him with the same expression of shock and disgust that is usually reserved for when I hear Sarah Palin talk. Anyways, after a few minutes of silence, I asked him why he is getting married and wondered aloud if I should congratulate him or feel sorry for him.

So, my old buddy, whatishisname, told me that he was getting married because, and I quote, "All his friends are getting married too". He applied the same excuse I gave my parents when I got bored of my atari and wanted a Nintendo (that's pre-playstation gaming consoles for those young fucks who don't know) to marriage.

After I fake numbered him and sent him packing, I realized he is like most people. Those who take major life decisions because everybody else is. For them, life is like walking into a resturant, sitting down, looking at the table on the right, and telling the waiter "I'll have what he's having."

These sort of people spend their whole life keeping up appearances. You know, people who just want to be like everyone else. People, who if you look at from far away, will all look the same, right down to the bad haircut and the mass-market trousers, because all they want in life is to be normal.

This is why i think being gay is like a blessing in disguise. The mind numbingly painful teenage years and social ostracisation aside, part of the reason why I can see things from a refreshingly different angle, is because I am gay. Hey, my point of view may not be plausible and might have resulted from too many blows to the head and a little extra vodka in my orange juice, but it's still my own.

As Jodie Foster once said, Normal is not something to aspire too, it's something to get away from. Boy, I always knew good ol 'Jodie was a lesbian.

Lastly, for those who are wondering, I did congratulate him. And I asked him to offer my condolences to his fiance

He thought I was kidding.
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15 Voices heard in WhipperSnapperville:

On October 14, 2008 at 5:46 AM , Neha said...


Oh gawd, its like my biggest fear now, to come across people my age, who are planning to, or are already in the process of getting married. Shudder shudder.

I couldn't agree more. This incurable urge to belong and do what everyone else's doing is one of the key problems of a stagnant society. Its because everyone keeps doing the same things that change is looked on with such a negative perspective! You're damned if you're different, or think differently.

Still...glad to be weird and different...much prefer it to normal and boring!

Welcome back Rambo!
Keep Writing!

On October 14, 2008 at 8:12 AM , DewdropDream said...

I just actually did the "I'll have what he's having" thing at lunch when boss and I got taken out to lunch. :S Honestly, I couldn't be bothered deciding what wine I wanted and then reasoning why. I did choose my pasta and dessert on my own though, promise!

Okay lame pointless conversation aside, fully agree with you. About having independently formed opinions and not being a sheep. You live once, and if you cannot do that all by yourself, what's the point? And who said any of that shit was 'normal'? Normal is one word which is abused. There isn't anything normal about not using your brains to get the best out of life. That's pathetic. Pathetic means you get your case taken by smarties like RWS :)

Here's to opinions. May they never be the same.

On October 14, 2008 at 10:50 AM , unsungpsalm said...

Hee Hee Haw Haw Ha!
Yes, even I'm glad that you're gay :) Wouldn't have you any other way, dearest Rambunctious WhipperSpanker!

On October 14, 2008 at 11:45 AM , D said...

That's the worst reason to do anything in life - because others are doing it! It's also symptomatic of a lack of brain.

On October 14, 2008 at 9:05 PM , I Me Myself said...

Come on dude! You did make a valid point in your article, and as always, the style is something I’m fond of, but I wonder what tempts you to drag your sexual orientation in every article of yours! I mean, ofcourse you could do well without it!!

On October 14, 2008 at 9:30 PM , bloggingknight said...

Hehehehe... very funny...

And you are absofuckinglutely right that many people actually do : "I am having what he's having" thing. Many of my friends are doing MBBS or Media Studies because some of their friends or relatives have done tht. And it's so funny :P

Anyway, if you meet whatishisname next time, offer my condolences. :P

On October 15, 2008 at 12:33 PM , Still thinking said...

I'm beginning to wonder what is normal now? It just got stereotyped!

'Refreshingly different angle' - I'm glad I'm into advertising, I need not think of any other pre-requisites :)

As usual I like your dry humour.

On October 15, 2008 at 11:20 PM , pepe M. said...

"...right down to the bad haircut and the mass-market trousers" hahahha! is that why i opted for GAS instead of a 501 hahahaha!

On October 16, 2008 at 9:13 AM , Firebolt said...

"As Jodie Foster once said, Normal is not something to aspire too, it's something to get away from. Boy, I always knew good ol 'Jodie was a lesbian."

Lol! Yeah, we always knew she was one.

Love her, and you. Keep writing!

On October 17, 2008 at 4:03 AM , Aaarti said...

but then i've seen enuf of such people to not be surprised anymore and some even have the gall to ask me - why i am still single an when i say " i aint interested in getting married', they stare like i've lost it... wierdos = they are...!! :)

they dont think on their own
dont do anything they want
and just go with the flow!!

hey, came over from Chandu's blog.... cool posts!!:)

On October 19, 2008 at 8:41 AM , Suki said...

:D. Here's to a toast against normalcy!

On October 20, 2008 at 8:58 AM , Prash said...

This is why i think being gay is like a blessing in disguise. The mind numbingly painful teenage years and social ostracisation aside, part of the reason why I can see things from a refreshingly different angle, is because I am gay.

I agree and join you !

Everybody knew Jodie was a lesbian ! :-) LOL

On October 20, 2008 at 4:09 PM , Rambunctious WhipperSnapper said...

@neha: I know!! Most of my "peers" are getting married too. Suckas, I know ... and glad to be weird and different ... :P ...

@ddd: But a lot of people are content being "normal". It's like most people actually spend their whole like trying to "fit in" and miss their life ..

@usp: Yeah .. Even my soul is gay ... and when i say i have a soul i kid ... :P

@d: Yeah .. I agree!!

@i me myself: well the point i was trying to make wouldn't have been made without saying that .. :) ...

@dk: Those friends of yours make me sad .. :P ... and i hope i never run into whatishisname again ...

@still thinking: thanks!! well, i can be very presumptuous sometimes ... :P ...

@pepe: i know!! You are a fashionista aren'tcha? :P ..

@firebolt: hehe .. yeah .. kind of an open secret!!

@aarti: welcome to whippersnapperville then!! People can't get when others make choices they theselves don't have the guts to make .. :) ...

@suki: here, here! *sound of glasses clicking*

@prash: yeah .. thanks .. :P ..

On October 21, 2008 at 4:05 PM , Butch Boo said...

Jodie is all mine



On October 24, 2008 at 10:41 PM , Morpheus said...

david livingston seagull? There are the kind you describe and then the Meg Ryan from Harry Met Sally variety, who know what they want, when and how :)
Marriage..i say too much about it so wont add it here..