Posts Tagged ‘Paranoia?’

Now To Finish The Story

June 5, 2019

I never was sure I saw knives in the “play fighting” incident any more than I was sure the first time I was “preceded” was anything more than a wild coincidence, but coincidence or not, eventually my friend and I decided we’d had enough of this car in front of us.  Up until this point we’d been politely following the rules of the road regarding turn signals and the like (This will make more sense when you realize the town we lived in at the time was comparatively small, and we knew the equally small police force at least by name, and one of the officers in particular took a personal joy in pulling over teenage drivers if you gave him any excuse.), but the next chance we saw we pulled off a sudden ninety degree turn that risked violating the laws of physics, if nothing else, and that was that.  We never saw the car again.

Was it a coincidence?   Probably, but I’ve always thought the simple fact that we even considered the possibility that we were being deliberately preceded said volumes about us, good and bad.

He Didn’t

June 4, 2019

So to those who told me yesterday that they felt like yesterday’s post was the lead up to a horror story, that was exactly what I was feeling at the time.  My friend, on the other hand, was less convinced, but he was like that.  He tended to assume “harmless playing around” in situations where my assessment was . . . different.

For instance, one time we were at a concert and, with a big grin on his face, he pointed out the two guys “play fighting” some distance from us.

“Man, I love doing things like that to mess with people in crowds!” he chortled.

Narrowing my eyes, I focused on the distant spectacle as best I could.  “When you do it, do you use knives like I’m pretty sure these guys are?” I asked.

When You Think You’re Just Being Weird, And The Universe Decides To Be Weirder

June 3, 2019

To give you an idea of the twists and turns my mind can make, once I was out driving with a friend, and after a while the continued presence of the car in front of us began to offend us in a tongue-in-cheek sort of way.  (It wasn’t a very busy road as a rule.)  We eventually laughingly concluded that the car was “obviously preceding us” (similar to following us, but doing it in front of us instead of behind us),  and therefore we made a series of random turns onto side roads to get them to “stop it.”

This was funny until the third time they obligingly made the same turn right before we did . . .

Once You Can Do That Though, You’re Golden

May 25, 2018

We’ve probably all heard some variation of the phrase “just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean someone’s not out to get you,” and that’s true as far as it goes.

The trick is distinguishing between your accurate and your inaccurate feelings of paranoia.

That Would Be Bad

June 15, 2017

You know, yesterday’s joking aside, it’s good thing that I was only playing at being paranoid instead of being actually paranoid.  Can you imagine what the reaction of someone truly convinced they were being monitored would have been if they had found an unidentified electronic component in their laundry?

Today’s Experiment

July 29, 2013

Today is one of those days where nothing is coming easily.  Some of this I was prepared for since I knew I was starting cold on a new writing project, and some initial sluggishness was certainly within the realm of possibility.  Eventually though, as almost always, things started to move.

Then so many distractions started figuratively exploding around me that I found myself wondering if I had somehow stumbled into a cruel controlled experiment to determine my breaking point.   I’m not saying that’s what was actually happening of course.

*Looks around*  But I will say that for a time period the only time the interruptions happened was when I put my fingers back on the keyboard with the intention of working.

So you tell me.