I have had two weird experiences in the past 24hrs. One very scary but sad, the other one a ludicrous example of the "me me me" generation.
Firstly the scary one. Was on the train yesterday coming in to work. The train was full and people were standing up in the aisle. One of the standing people was a man seemed to be vigorously talking to himself and was a bit agitated enough that I paused my iPod so I could hear what he had to say. From that point on, the next 40 minutes were surreal. This guy was a legitimate example of schizophrenia. He was having a full conversation that you could follow except it was coming from one person. His main voice was a loud voice (loud enough to get everyone on the train worried) but had a child like quality. He was loud but was clearly the submissive person in this conversation.
The other voice was a low whisper. For most of the journey I couldn't make out what was said, but as seats freed up the guy sat behind me and I could hear that half of the conversation. He was saying the most evil and hateful things to his "other half" and was giving veiled threats and sometimes direct abuse. The submissive voice referred to the evil whisper voice as "Steven".
Loud Voice: "I'm sorry Steven! I didn't mean it! I will buy you another cup of coffee. I'll even put sugar in it this time..."
Whisper Voice: "I don't care about the stinking coffee. You always make a mess. You're hopeless and I am going to fix you..."
Loud Voice: "I'm sorry! I was at my girlfriends. I didn't mean it!!"
And this went on and on and on. Very scary, but also very sad that a man (and he was reasonably dressed and didn't appear 'homeless') could be left without help like that... I hope he gets some soon!
The second incident of odd people was the opposite and an example of arrogant narcissism. I am standing at the coffee bar at my local café on Walker St North Sydney this morning waiting for my order. The bar faces the street and I am reading the paper. Suddenly a blaring horn as a cabbie slams on his brakes. A girl in a blue sporty car does a U Turn in front of me, across double yellow lines and slides into a car park right in front of the coffee shop. She's talking on a mobile as she does this sudden manoeuvre and parks on an angle with the cars rear sticking out in traffic. She makes no move to correct it, gets out of the car. She's blonde and attractive and has a tight t-shirt on that doesn't hide the fact that she's had a boob job.
She wanders into the coffee shop and bypasses the queue of people and walks up to the barista on the side of the counter, ignoring everyone else, and asks for a latte. She then walks to the counter and starts reading a newspaper over the shoulder of a guy and then says "do you mind?" and takes the paper from him. He's gobsmacked undoubtedly by the boobs and obliges. My order is up and I head out where her car is causing people to veer on the wrong side of the road to avoid her car.
Amazing that people get through life like this... despite her external beauty, a real cow and high maintenance if you ask me... sounds horrible, but I hope she gets some bad illness to make her get a bit of perspective.