I often find myself in situations with other human beings where my ability to discern "Is this person just quirky and odd and possibly a genius", or is this person "straight-up old school batshit crazy with a side of sociopath" comes into question. Falling into both categories often myself (depending on the phase of the moon and amount of wine I've consumed), I can agree that these are tricky waters to navigate.
No one wants to "accidentally" call the police on a world-famous performance artist, just as no one wants to "accidentally" end up dating an incontinent 85 year-old foot fetishist with mommy issues.
Let's take a few possible scenarios, where I will help you identify the little
"red flags", if you will, that separate the slightly wonky from the full-blown cookoo for Cocoa Puffs.
* When standing in line at the dollar store, if the woman behind you is wearing a parka on an 85-degree day and starts mumbling about what she's going to make for dinner, well then, what you've got yourself there is "quirky and odd".
If, that same woman standing behind you is mumbling about "the righteousness of the fucking and all the sex is the white trashiness of all evil" and you notice that they have, unfortunately, shat in their drawers while waiting in line to buy laxatives...well folks- you just stepped in a big ol' pile of crazy.
*If, while sitting on the bus, you notice someone picking/blowing their nose and then pausing to inspect the fruits of their labor after the fact, well that's just this side of quirky.
If, that same person picks their nose, then pulls out of their bag a canvas that has been smeared with many, many months of nose pickins and then leans over to ask if you enjoy fine art...
*If you see an elegant woman walking down the street in an evening gown, full jewelery and makeup and a mink stole while walking a cat on a leash, well- that's both amusing and photo-worthy- but really only falls into the "somewhat touched" category of things.
If, you see an unelegant man walking down the street in an evening gown, full jewelery and makeup with a mink stole while walking a squirrel on a leash and reciting the Declaration of Independence...
Yup. You guessed it.
*And, if you happen to see a marginally-attractive 30-something woman in a grocery store singing/meowing "Loving you" by Minnie Riperton quietly (including the high notes) while reading the labels on every single can of tuna, then walking to the deli and staring at the salads, then walking back to stand for 10 minutes in front of the tuna again just...deciding, and she happens to be wearing a coffee-stained sweatshirt, what appear to be pajama bottoms, and flip flops, and she occasionally breaks into a sad sort of "wiggle" dance, and she giggles a lot to herself, and her hair is neither curly nor straight but is instead "sturly" and in an awkward ponytail, and she smells strongly of Aveda products...well that's just textbook "interesting".
Not crazy, just "interesting."
If, that same woman then drops her shopping basket, screams "WHY ARE THE BIRDS MOCKING ME???", runs out of the store, drops her jammies to her ankles and pees on the sidewalk...
Well, to be honest I think she's just drunk. Someone get that poor woman a cup of coffee.
I hope this clears the air a bit for y'all. Now go forth armed with the knowledge I have given you and boldly and confidently be able to say, "You ma'am, are a quirky individual who is both creative and slightly odd. I can respect that"
"You sir are an obvious psychopath and I fear for my safety being within 50 feet of you. Good day!"