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Tuesday, October 10, 2006


Will you check out the unalloyed chutzpah of this woman?

“'Runaway bride' Jennifer Wilbanks suing former fiance”

... Wilbanks seeks $250,000 as her share of a home Mason [her former fiancé] purchased through the partnership with proceeds from $500,000 received for selling their story to an agent, plus $250,000 in punitive damages for allegedly abusing the power of attorney she granted for him to handle their financial affairs, according to Atlanta television station WAGA, which reported on the lawsuit Monday night.

I guess everybody has to scramble for whatever they can get. It may be that she's enjoined from selling her own story or something. I do think she has a case, in so far as it is an intellectual property issue: she owns the craziness. What did the fiancé contribute, other than just sitting there like a lump?

But chiefly it makes me realise I've been wasting my time on my own unprofitable line of eccentricity. The various compulsive and annoying behaviours I've cultivated over the years—the collection of 19th century printed pamphlets and ephemera, the tasseled smoking cap, the pet hyena—all these fall under the heading of geekery or, at best, crankdom. No, the big bucks are in disruptive, inexplicable weirdness. As usual.


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