flewellyn: (Wild Boy of Avi's Room)
[personal profile] flewellyn
In the last month or so, I've had many friends and acquaintances, both old and new, tell me that I am "weird" or "strange" or "an odd duck". This news, I must say, I greet with the same level of astonishment as I would a revelation that the sky is, in fact, an azure hue.

In other words...duh.

I come by my oddity honestly, though. I think, in an attempt to be informative and (hopefully) entertaining, I shall provide some of the background of, well, what my family was like. This is, keep in mind, only one tale of many.

When I was a sophomore in high school (and fully bearded, I might add; the icon is from that time), it came to the attention of my mother that spaghetti noodles will stick to the wall when fully cooked. We hadn't heard about this before, and being of a scientific bent, we decided to test it one night, at the dinner table.

It happened to be Friday night, so as was traditional for my family, we had gotten a Challah, ordered Chinese (the same order every week; the lady who ran the Chinese place knew us by name), invited our friend Steve over, and made a big pot of noodles for the food. After my father had said the usual Shabbas blessings, and we'd started to eat our Challah, my mother brought up the desire to test our spaghetti for doneness.

So, she picked up a noodle in her fingers and flipped it onto the wall of the dining room. Sure enough, it stuck fast.

Now, naturally, the rest of us weren't going to miss out on this activity. So, my father, my sister, friend Steve, and then I followed suit. Of course, having just one noodle each on the walls was rather...errm...unsatisfying. So, with great deliberation, we decided to repeat the process, until, finally, after fifteen minutes or so, all four walls and the ceiling were covered with noodles.

It must be said, at this point, that the cats were very confused. "Foodlike items on the wall?" young Yitzak seemed to say as he sniffed a low-hanging noodle, "Weird!"

(One thing that isn't often said about throwing pasta on walls: if you leave it there overnight, you can flick it off the next day with no effort, and it leaves interesting grooves in the paint.)

So, that was our great pasta experiment. However, we didn't leave it at that. The ceremonial Spaghetti Toss became a weekly ritual, a part of our Shabbat experience as central to winding down the week as ordering the Chinese food or having Steve over. We continued this sacred rite for the remaining two years we lived in that house, eventually having to just strip the paint and redo it when we moved out.

What can I say? We're a bunch of pastacephalics.

Date: 2005-10-16 10:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] keryddwen.livejournal.com
What a great story!!!! I love it!

Date: 2005-10-17 01:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flewellyn.livejournal.com
It's all true, too. 100%, hand to Dog.

Date: 2005-10-16 10:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anwyn18.livejournal.com
That's the most amazingly cool story I've heard in a very long time. I think I'd be a lot less uncomfortable with my own weirdness if my family had been that fun.

Date: 2005-10-17 01:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flewellyn.livejournal.com
This is only one tale of many. There are a lot of odd things we did.

Date: 2005-10-17 01:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stuntviolist.livejournal.com
No wonder you get along so well with Da Pigeon. Have I ever told you the bird story?

Date: 2005-10-17 01:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] limpingpigeon.livejournal.com
Flew doesn't need to hear that story.

Date: 2005-10-17 02:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flewellyn.livejournal.com
YES I DO!

Date: 2005-10-17 08:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mitrian.livejournal.com
Ah, so you were an early convert to Pastafarianism, then?

Date: 2005-10-17 12:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flewellyn.livejournal.com
All of us were touched by His Noodly Appendage.

Date: 2005-10-17 08:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] valkyriekaren.livejournal.com
When I told my then housemate [livejournal.com profile] zotz about the theory that if you throw spaghetti at the wall and if it sticks, it's ready to eat, he replied, "Does that work with girlfriends?"

Date: 2005-10-17 12:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flewellyn.livejournal.com
*blink blink* Oookay. So, does it?

Date: 2005-10-18 02:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] momily.livejournal.com
Not you, but your MOTHER was a weird strange odd duck.

Wish I'd known her.

Date: 2005-10-18 03:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flewellyn.livejournal.com
Oh, I think you and she would have gotten along quite well.

Date: 2006-01-25 01:50 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] minkrose
heh. you said "odd duck." which is one of my favourite things to say, ever.

I wish my family, as a whole, were half as fun. My mother doesn't know how to have fun. I have never, in my life, gotten to do this but I have heard about it plenty.
(if the kitchens in the dorm were painted, I'd try it... but they're some weird... thing. Like this.)


needless to say, I dont come by my weirdness honestly and no one can figure out why I'm so strange.

Date: 2006-01-25 01:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flewellyn.livejournal.com
Y'know, you should just hop on AIM or Y!M. I'm "eyerleth".

Date: 2006-01-25 02:05 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] minkrose
yeeez, I should and normally I would've stalked you to there already (I'm minkr0se on AIM, awfully easy). Problem is, I have a 25 page thing due thursday that I need to have 20 pages of done tomorrow... and I have 6.

if I get on AIM, I will never ever escape it. Comment threads eventually wind down (EVENTUALLY, IN SEVEN HOURS).
Regardless, I'm gonna try to respond to a few more of yours than need respondin' and then I must vanish off into the night. I'm usually plugged into the internet 24/7 so after thursday, I should be back online regularly.

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