Weird Face Bag

This bag is too weird.

Not a man and not an animal–it’s some sort of beast. 

It has a crazy face on it with a gnarly mouth and green bug-eyes.

Is it watching for pickpockets?

Wonder if it bites the hand that tries to go inside the purse. 

I can’t look at this thing anymore. 

Make it go away! 😉

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Morning Commute in DC

I took this photo a while back on the Metro to/from Washington, D.C. 


It combines the seemingly normal person on the way to/from work listening to music and reading the newspaper with wearing a pretty scare face mask. 


It reminds me of the horror movie, “The Purge,” where people are permitted one night a year to commit crimes and murder others “legally” as a venting mechanism for social unrest and to help eliminate crime and criminals. 


Sitting across from this guy, you’re not really sure if he’s gonna finish reading the paper and walk off the train all nice or get up and start wiping people out left and right. 


Big cities in the U.S. can be scary places, and the mass transportation systems are one of those places where you don’t always feel safe. 


Maybe a mask is just a mask until G-d forbid, one day, it isn’t.


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Long Nails

Ran into this lady in South Florida. 


Couldn’t help but notice the nails. 


She told me she’s been growing them like this for 29 years!


I asked if she had any difficulty typing, driving, or anything. 


And she told me she does everything with them.


No, I don’t think that I want to touch these things. 


I’m only getting as close as the camera. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Wig and Taped Mouth

Thought this was a pretty scary mannequin. 


Aside from the disheveled hair covering her head and half her face. 


You can see that her mouth and nose is taped over with clear masking tape!


Clearly she looks like she has been abused or worse, and the image is that she can’t even scream for help. 


Why anyone would advertise women’s fashion in this misogynist way should be beyond all of us. 


There are a lot of crazy nuts out there.


This photo is a small reminder of what we face in terms of ugliness in this world. 


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Batsh*t Crazy

So have you ever dealt with these types of people?


They are what is commonly referred to as:

“Batsh*t Crazy!”


Some telltale signs in combination:


– Loud


– Out of control (off the spectrum)


– Exaggerated thinking/delusional


– Feelings of victimhood/paranoia/anger


– Gesturing wildly 


– Fingers tightly extended or clenched into fists


– Banging on the table/wall 


– Sharpening facial lines


– Clenching of the lips/teeth


– Bugged out/staring eyes


– Dark, hallowed-out eye sockets


– Disheveled hair/clothes


– Unkept/dirty/smelly


– In your face/space


– Potentially violent/dangerous


When you are dealing with batshit crazy…watch out!


You can’t reason with them. You can’t confront them.  You can’t evade them.  


They have you in their sights. 


Scary, right? 


BTW, I looked up the derivation of this term:


It come from “there is nothing at all going on upstairs”–such that the bells are no longer ringing in the church tower, and hence the bats are coming to rest there, and they have been there so long that the batsh*t has built up.


There is certainly a lot of batshit from what I can see! 😉


(Source Photo: here with attribution to geralt)

Stone Faces Hide The Heart

Some people are so cold and emotionally distant.


They go around with a stone face.  


No emotion seems to seep in or out. 


The face doesn’t betray the heart in any way. 


You say something or do something, and they just sort of stare at you. 


No words, no outward response. 


Just a stone face like a poker face. 


You don’t know what’s behind it. 


But worse yet is a heart of stone–nothing impacts the inside just like the outside. 


Are some people this way because they have been so hurt in the past that they become hardened like a turtle’s shell to protect from the outside world. 


…Ain’t gonna let nothing hurt me again. 


Or are they great at using their poker face to fool, manipulate, and get what they are after. 


Perhaps the worst possibility is that they are simply a real psychopath–someone without conscience or empathy. 


Yes, that is scary because the unthinkable becomes thinkable. 


For most of us, reading verbal and non-verbal cues is critical to understanding other people. 


Hiding those cues can mean that the stone face is going to shatter someone’s world and that won’t be a pretty face at all. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Improv, Let’s Do it

What an incredible experience today. 


We went to the Atlas Theater in Washington, D.C. and did Improv (no script). 


For a Jewish kid from the Bronx, this was not something I was used to, but I loved it. 


– Say your name and an animal with the same first letter and act it out.


– Say something you love or hate and everyone gravitates on the stage towards or from it based on whether they agree.


– Repeat a word and action from someone else and pass it on.


– Act out an action that someone else calls out after yelling “Let’s do it!” 


– As a group, answer a question from the audience, by each person adding a word to the aggregated answer. 


– Give your neighbor a pretend object and after they identify what they think it is and thank you for it, you explain why you gave it to them.


– Stand on an emotion (happy, sad, angry, scared) and act out a scene with someone else rotating through the feelings.


– Pretend you’re a hitchhiker and infest the emotion with everyone else in the car.


I was really amazed at how good so many people were with doing these exercises. 


And I felt it was so freeing to be doing it too. 


I feel like I really learned a lot about being comfortable with yourself and just letting your inhibitions go and even though it was scary and hard, I would like to do this again. 


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)