How Are You Weird?

I’m weird in many ways but one that almost nobody in the world knows about is this:

I’m a coffee addict. Love, love, love coffee.

But to the best, most high-quality brewed coffee out of the fanciest of coffee-makers I will always prefer a mug of instant Folgers coffee with two pink packets of sweetener.

I can’t explain it. I didn’t grow up with Folgers, obviously. The rare cases we had coffee back in the USSR, it was what you’d call a chicory coffee-like beverage. And we obviously didn’t have sweetener either.

And I have a good coffee palate. I was once at a coffee place where you could do a tasting, and I guessed the most expensive, the second expensive and the cheapest coffee outright. I have an even better palate for tea. But I detest tea packets and prefer expensive loose-leaf teas.

How are you weird?

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6 thoughts on “How Are You Weird?”

  1. Among my STEM colleagues, I am seen as a hot-tempered, confident, often brilliant, wisecracking sarcastic force of nature.

    After having spent 1+ years interacting with people who write fiction (literary and speculative), I see myself as a deathly boring square with little to offer to the world. My personality’s color is beige, its texture that of cheap bread, untoasted.

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    1. “I am seen as a hot-tempered, confident ….I see myself”

      Context matters so much. Lots of people see me as really smart and funny and weird and excentric… but in many ways I’m like the most average and boring member of my family… and when I tell most people about them they think I’m making stuff up and clearly don’t believe me.

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    2. Really? That’s interesting because my experience of writers is that they are insufferably boring and self-involved. I never want to meet my favorite writers because I know they will be disappointing as people.

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      1. LOL.

        There might be a difference between folks who write mostly literary fiction and those who write mostly genre. Many genre folks I know (they specialize in horror , sci-fi, mystery, some in fantasy) are really fun, quirky and irreverent, with vivid imaginations and unusual career paths. Poets are a different breed altogether, and often endearingly quirky in different ways.

        I think I understand what you’re saying. There are many people who work through personal trauma and damage though writing, and while the process is likely helpful, it usually doesn’t produce compelling art because the characters and the drama are all too common (even if painful for the author). It takes a really gifted writer to breathe new life into the long-beaten dead horses that are neglectful mothers, relationship woes, loss of loved ones.

        We can have real, deep feelings in writing, but we don’t have to be beaten over the head with them, every sentence crushed under the weight of its own importance.. There’s nothing wrong with some imagination, some plot, some fun along the way to The Great Character Transformation, which is why I am all for lesbian werewolves, jolly cannibals, and space fungus. Anything to avoid drowning in the seas of schmaltz.

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