Saturday, September 17, 2005

but you seem so normal!



Or, so I was told by a fellow sociologist maybe three years ago, when I revealed to him that I had never been to New York City.* Now, at long last, I have made it here. And, since apparently if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere, I presume now the gateway to the next-most-wanted sites on my list of places I've never been--Vancouver, Vienna, Istabul, the Antarctic, the Third Planet from Altair**--will be seen in short order. Anyway, I'm in the middle of sight-seeing, and so more about adventures here later.

* Yes, of course: my first reaction was "Wait, I seem normal?!" I mean, I regularly marvel at the spectacular fraud of self-presentation I have managed to perpetrate, but even then I've never imagined being able to hoodwink otherwise intelligent people so well as to come across as approximately normal.

** A quite remarkable 3PfA resource is available here.

9 comments:

A+ said...

Hmmph. New York. I could not be more jealous.

That's a good picture of you, by the way.

Anonymous said...

I think it's time to update your self-portrait. Comparing the cartoon version of your head to your photograph, it looks like you lost 30 pounds of flesh from your face.

Anonymous said...

You should probably also update your shirts. The one you're wearing in that picture looks like it's about 4 sizes too big. Show us what you're workin' with, Jeremy!

Rhymes With Scrabble said...

I agree with Ang, that is a good picture.

I have never been to New York, either, but from the photo it looks pretty much like Tokyo. Although I hear it's dirtier, and there are probably fewer crows (it's hard to imagine that there could be MORE, anyway).

Anonymous said...

hottie. i love you jeremy

Anonymous said...

Yow! I second that ... you are a total hottie in this picture (in person too, actually :) The whole City thing ... very sexy, very hip. You're ready for Nerve personals, baby! Have fun sight-seeing ...

jeremy said...

Hottie, indeed. I'm worried about my potential legal liability for any monitors I melt with all these sizzling photos of myself that I post.

Absolut said...

Great pic! Yeah, I can see how it could be potentially offensive to be called normal.

I really like the cartoon on the blog so I wouldn't want to see you get rid of it even if it's not 100% accurate anymore (are they ever?:). But I agree with others that it may be time for a few new shirts. (I recall your post about putting your older clothes in a box in the closet. Did that ever happen? And if yes, did shirts not fit in the box? Or is this a new shirt?:)

Rhymes With Scrabble said...

I don't think Jeremy meant it was offensive to be called normal--just ludicrous.

When I first got to Japan, actually, I thought I seemed very "normal" if frazzled from travel, and didn't find out for several months that the other girls (with whom I mostly became friends) immediately began referring to me as "that weird American girl." That was the last time I deceived myself into thinking I could pass for "normal" if I tried.