Today I ventured out of the apartment for a few hours to meet up with some fellow ex-pats. Is it weird that I’ve never met these people in person (until today), never have even talked to them at all (until today) and yet I still know so much about them? No talking on the phone, no emailing, no texting… yet I still know tons of details about their day to day lives. Welcome to the wonderful world of bloggers! Today I met fellow ex-pat bloggers Daisy and Lindsay (and her friend Emily). I missed out on meeting Erin at lunch but there’s always next time right?
I only started reading Lindsay’s blog recently, so I’m not totally up to date on her life, but is it weird that as we walked around the Botanical gardens, I had conversations with Daisy about the guys she’s dated and her uni program> Is it weird that I knew all about the horrible blister on her foot? Is it weird that she was talking to me about the birds that visit my apartment everyday?
Is it weird that a foreign guy stopped us and asked us if we would mind standing on his back as he laid on the grass while someone else took a picture?
Yes, that actually happened. Here was how the conversation went:
Weird guy: Excuse me, are you all travelers? (detected our accents I suppose)
Us: ummmmm uuhhh yeah (hard to answer that one because yes, we are foreign but no, we’re not really “travelers”).
*** we suspect he is about to ask us for directions or something normal, but no… no such luck.***
Weird guy: I’m wondering if you might be able to help me. I’m trying to get a photo (pulling out fancy camera) but it’s kind of hard to get. I basically want the photo of me lying on the grass with 2 people standing on my back.
Weird guy: You know, like I’m “down under”
Weird guy: I’ll give you $20 between the four of you.
All of us: Uhhh ummm… ok?
Elsja and Daisy: Oh they can do it (pointing to Lindsay and Emily), they are the smallest!!
Weird guy: Oh how about one of you? (Lindsay/Emily) and one of you (Elsja/Daisy)
Daisy: She’ll do it (pointing to me), she’s shorter! (thanks by the way)
So, we decided to help the guy out. Either he was a really artsy person who genuinely wanted to get a shot to send back home of him “down under” OR he was a complete freak who gets turned on by REALLY weird things. Either way, it wasn’t going to hurt us to help him out. At least we have a funny story to tell now. 🙂 Oh… and all of us were quite curious- why did he ask us if we were travelers? Wouldn’t local Aussies be better candidates if he wanted to be “down under”? Maybe he’s been told off by too many of them already. Seriously, have any of you out there ever had a weirder request from a stranger? If so, I’d love to hear it!
Lastly, while I’m on the topic of all things weird, I’d like to comment on this tree. Amanda and Stephen took these photos last week and I didn’t think much of them until I actually went and saw the tree today.
First of all, this tree really DOES mysteriously drop random branches, I saw it happen with my own two eyes. Weird. But what’s even weirder is the sign. I hadn’t really thought about this until some guy pointed it out today. “This tree may drop branches without warning.”
Is there any OTHER way this may occur? Like would the tree have some branch dropping alarm to notify you of falling branches Would some guy sit in the tree all day to yell at people when one was about to fall?
Wouldn’t “This tree may drop branches” suffice?
Now I’m back to my normal apartment where I am doing normal work and am about to eat a normal dinner. Maybe later one of my neighbors will come ask me if I would mind putting on some rollerskates and helping them paint their living room. That wouldn’t be weird at all.