Friends: Confirming our Crazy Since Day 1

Everyday Adventures

I get along pretty well with my new coworkers (thank goodness!). We share an open office with our three cubbies along the same wall and the office is seldom quiet. Mostly we’re talking shop, getting info to the right person in the right moment, but usually once a day there’s something that gets us giggling. It’s a fun environment, our office.

But the other day I realized my cubbie neighbor (I know they’re called cubicles, but that’s so boring, cubbies is friendlier) and I had something in common: our baby nails.

Baby what?

If you’ve ever been around an infant you may know that their fingernails are tiny little razor blades attached to flailing limbs. It’s why baby mittens are a thing, keeping them from flaying themselves alive as they figure out that whole fine motor skills concept. Usually nails get thicker and less prone to flayage as we grow up. Mine didn’t. Mine are still very thin and still fully capable of leaving scrapes and gashes from random contact with my thin, scar-prone skin.

Good times.

They also reject just about every nail treatment out there, a fact of which I’m absolutely convinced but feel a little silly saying, because it sounds so strange even to my own ears. Acrylics lift, gel and shellac manicures chip within 3 days, nail wraps leave the nail bed even thinner–like I just soaked off acrylics–and regular polish? Forget it! I’m lucky if I can go 8 hours without a chip (and that’s when I do them before bed). And yet, I like my nails to look pretty, so occasionally I’ll get on a polish kick.

But my cubbie neighbor? She experiences the same thing. She confirms my crazy.

Which got me to thinking about the rest of my close friends: do we all confirm each other’s crazy in some way or another?

The touch-point may not always be as simple to identify as the above example, I’m fairly certain my closest companions do confirm some level of my existence not to be so out there.

And why is that a good, necessary thing?

Well, most of us want to feel special or unique in some way but the truth is, that there’s a fine line between special and special. Between acceptable and not. Between quirky and scary. Most of us don’t want to be scary. Even those of us who want so desperately to be unique still want to be accepted at the same time. We’re human, it’s natural.

So when we find someone out there who echos one of those fringe traits, we get a reassurance that we’re still within the acceptable limit. We’re still lovable, if still weird. And it’s those people we are grateful for and to and tend to strike up friendships with, whenever possible.

All the time I thought
There’s only me
Crazy in a way
That no one else could be
I would have given everything I own
If someone would have said you’re not alone

Barry Manilow, All The Time

See, he knows!

So, how do your friends confirm your crazy? Have you ever thought about it?

Episode 5: Back to School


Ah, yes, Fall… turning leaves… big yellow school buses… and crazy, half-asleep drivers.

Welcome to September, folks!

This episode was more fun to put together than I expected it would be and it certainly takes the sting out of what could be a rather trying time of year. I rant a little about the traffic the buses and driving students and parents on new routes all contribute to but mostly it’s upbeat–I liked school! Sometimes I miss it (man things were simpler then, weren’t they? didn’t feel that way at the time, but… hindsight is 20/20 they say).

And, of course, there’s plenty of music to choose from, let’s consider this Music Appreciation 101:

Wake Me Up When This Math Class Ends–Project Sisyphus/The FuMP
Like A Book–Carrie Catherine
Autumn–A Band Called Quinn
Learn to Fly–Josh Woodward
Class Clown–Steve Robinson
The Traffic Song–The Alice Project
West School Mitch–AudioUK
Haven’t Learned A Thing–This is a Shakedown/Amy Speace
The Understudy–MixMaster Mandy
What Have You Learned–Carbon Leaf
High School–Testosterone
Carpe Diem–Pillar of Autumn
Do We Learn–Janita
The Class of 68–Bill Guy
This Time Next Year–Classic Tragic Hero
Peaked in High School–Jeff Mallon
Reform School Girl–Nick Curran and the Low Lifes
Language School Lover–Dead Mans Corner

If you like what you’ve heard, pass it along to your friends. If you didn’t like something, let ME know in the comments–after all, I can’t learn and improve without feedback 🙂 (You can, of course, also tell me what you liked…)

See you next month! I’m off to start picking the tunes for it right now! (Yes, it will be Halloween themed, if you were wondering.)

Episode 3: Affairs of the Heart


Welcome to the next installment of Random Acts Radio! This month over on Cocktail Hour I’ve been sharing date-night and other couples-related stories, so a podcast of love and related emotions seemed quite appropriate.

Featured in this month’s podcast (in order of appearance) were:

Love You Madly — 27 Years
New Beginnings — Jim Farley
Allow Me to Introduce Myself… Mr Right — The White Tie Affair
So In Love — Amy Regan
Say I Love You — Ruby James
I Wish You Love — A Band Called Quinn
Brand New Love — Serena Ryder
One Way Love — Al Lewis
Lessthanthree — Conyeezy
Good Feeling — Flamingoes
Learn to Love Yourself — ANEMO
First Date — Danko Jones
Wholehearted — Beth Hirsch
I Love Myself for Hating You — As Cobras Malditas
Thrill Date — SpoilSport
Love is Trippy — Amy Kuney
Love Piano V2 — AjT
The Boob Fairy — Deirdre Flint

All thanks to their participation in Music Alley.