I’m not real up on Superman lore, but I believe Bizarro World comes from that comic. Seinfeld made a few references to it and I believe an episode or two revolved around the concept. Bizarro World is where things are like a mirror image of here-- eerily similar but exactly the opposite. Got it?
Anyway, at two former workplaces, I had Bizarro Friends.
Bizarro Pal #1…He was my age and was a white male. These were our only similarities.
He’s married; I’m divorced.
He has six kids; I have none.
He’d never been drunk; I’m an alcoholic.
He’d never used drugs; I’d abused them.
He smoked and never wanted to quit; I quit.
He’s fat; I’m (relatively) slim.
He’s fundamentalist Christian; I am not.
He’s hardcore Republican; I am not.
We disagreed on any and every issue you could possibly name. The cool part is that we really liked each other. We’d debate stuff all day but never get mad. I miss working with that guy.
Bizarro Pal #2 is a different case. We are alike in a lot of ways, but his sense of taste in everything was opposite of mine. So much so that I could use him as a predictor. If he liked it, I could safely assume I would not. For example, he dragged me to a Dave Matthews concert (at his expense) because he was sure I would love it. I was so bored I nearly dozed off. He thinks Creed is absolutely amazing cutting-edge stuff. His idea of wildy exotic food is a mediocre steak-in-a-sack. He would e-mail me all those ridiculous “send this to 10 people and an angel will appear” letters. He described The Blair Witch Project as “really, really well done and scary; man, you gotta see it!” At that point I knew him well enough to not take his advice. From what I’ve heard, I didn’t miss much. He was not as much fun to work with as the other guy, but I miss his excellent Bizarro Advice. He was my music/TV/movie/restaurant guide all in one.
Anyone else have any Bizarro Pals?