This May Be Bizarre


On Tuesday, Brian Klems wrote an interesting post on the Writer’s Digest Blog: 5 Things That Should Be On Every Writer’s Bucket List. My favorite was the first one: Do Something Bizarre Just to Write About It. I’ve never done something just to write about it although throughout my life I have done some things that may be considered bizarre.

For example, on Friday, February 1st, I convinced my husband Patrick to travel with me to Pennsylvania to celebrate Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney. My parents live 76 miles from Punxsutawney and “Groundhog Day” is one of my favorite movies and yet I’ve never been there. (Although the movie was filmed in Illinois, not Pennsylvania). When I realized that February 2 was on a Saturday this year, I was dead set on visiting the little rodent. Friday night Patrick and I drove 180 miles to my parent’s house, took a nap, woke at 3:30 am and were in the car by 4:00 am. It took some time to find a parking spot (*Helpful tip: If you plan on ever visiting on Feb 2, don’t park in the Wal-Mart parking lot, park downtown in the shopping center). Next we purchased tickets for the bus ($5 each). We arrived at Gobbler’s Knob by 6:00 am; therefore we had to wait an hour and twenty-five minutes until Phil’s appearance. It was 1 degree and within minutes my toes were frozen, even with little Hotties body warmers. (It helped when I added an extra warmer to each foot). The firework display was awesome, the live entertainment not so much. I wish we could have been closer to the stage but I can’t imagine arriving any earlier than 6 am. Overall the crowd of people around us were fun (except for the giant men in front of me and the drunk college kids but that’s part of the experience). I had to stand on my tip toes to catch a glimpse of the rodent but I enjoyed chanting “Phil, Phil, Phil,” and the fact that he didn’t see his shadow. Early Spring! But like the weathermen, Phil’s predictions are only right 39% of the time. Then we waited 30 mins for a bus (there were a lot of buses but a ton of people). Downtown I dragged Patrick into souvenir shops (I bought a groundhog hat, earrings, magnet & fudge) and then we ate $4 breakfasts (The price was originally $8 a piece but by the time we were seated, half of the buffet was gone). Would I do it again? Yes. Would Patrick? No. I guess that’s one thing permanently crossed off of his bucket list.

Other things that I’ve done that may be considered bizarre:

  1. Tongue piercing (When I was 18).
  2. Belly Button piercing (When I was 18 and still have it at age 32).
  3. Tattoo (angel wing on my wrist)
  4. Skydiving (That one is permanently crossed off my list – fun but too scary to do again!)
  5. Cliff diving (Probably wouldn’t do that again either)
  6. New Years in Times Square (Loved it!)
  7. Road trips with my mom (One cross country to Washington state, the other to Maine. We’re planning a road trip to Utah next summer. I’ve been to 38 states so far).
  8. Pre- Cana classes which were a pre-requisite before marriage in a Catholic church. (Hands down one of the most bizarre experiences of my life. My husband is a non-practicing Catholic but insisted on getting married in a Catholic church. According to the deacon I’m a “fallen” Catholic because I’ve left the church. The things we do for love!)

I know there’s more but this post is incredibly long already and chances are I may be the only person who ever reads it! 🙂

To read Klem’s post:


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