Yes, I know I’m weird. I know I see things differently than most people. I know I notice things that …um… normal people mostly wouldn’t. And I skim a lot of news stories while searching out illustrations of the Human Condition.
While skimming the news yesterday while writing this week’s issue, I came across a story that was just too horribly tragic to even think of including. But that doesn’t mean that I didn’t notice something completely creepy and weird about it.
The story was about a limousine full of women heading for a bridal shower in the San Francisco Bay Area. As they were on the westbound side of the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge in Foster City, Calif., this weekend, the limo caught fire. The driver pulled over immediately and started rescuing the women, but the fire was so intense that he couldn’t get them all: five, including the bride, were killed. The sad story appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle with three reporters in the byline.
Naturally that’s not the sort of story I use for True. So what could possibly be creepy and weird about that? Nothing! Nothing at all.
Except… at the bottom of the story, the Chronicle noted that three other staff writers contributed to the tragic story. And there he was, the name of one of those reporters:
Trapper Byrne contributed to the report. Say his name out loud to get the full impact.
Yeah, I notice weird stuff that the average person wouldn’t.