When you’re first getting to know someone, there are always the inevitable questions of, “Where are you from?” “What are you majoring in?” “What’s your favorite color?” and, sometimes, “What color is your toothbrush?” (Thank you, EFY!) Every now and then, however, you get a question that’s actually kind of thought provoking. One such question came to me very recently: “What is your favorite thing about yourself?”
In middle school, I got the nickname of “The Walking Encyclopedia.” Since I’ve been able to read, I’ve been reading everything I can find on things that interest me. I probably wouldn’t know the answer if you asked me something about starfish (though I could tell you dissecting them in the seventh grade was simultaneously gross and exciting), but I’d definitely know every Robin Batman has ever had (Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Tim Drake, Stephanie Brown, and Damien Wayne), and why vampires and werewolves are mortal enemies (particular to four different mythologies).
In the TV show “Supernatural,” Dean Winchester says to his brother (in season 2, episode 16 “Roadkill”) , “Dude, you are a walking encyclopedia of weirdness, do you know that?” I laughed when I heard that line, and my best friend looked at me and said, “You know, that totally applies to you.” The more I’ve thought about it, the prouder of that fact I become.
I love that I know just about everything there is to know about at least three different TV shows, four book series, and the mythologies of several different creatures and stories. I love that in one specific online community, I’m to go-to girl for 1,200 people when they have questions about anything ranging from vampires in general to the TV show The Vampire Diaries.
I love the fact that I am a Walking Encyclopedia of Weirdness.
Then again, that’s probably not the answer someone is looking for within five minutes of meeting you. Giving them that little spiel would be like saying I adhere to the five-second-rule after two minutes, or that I wear some of my jeans several times before washing them (which I’m, um, not admitting to). So, I’m pretty sure I told him I like the color of my eyes. Oh, well. He’ll find out eventually!