Thursday, October 28, 2010
Person of Interest: The definition of a person that is seen as a possible criminal, usually, after the (alleged) act of murder. But a person of interest could be a good person too; right?
Who is this ‘person of interest’? When I was single, and on the prowl, I was fond of a girl that worked at a pizza store. She was a ‘person of interest’ to me. Actually, I was never “on the prowl.” I was single and hopeful, but that’s another story. You don’t really want to hear that sad story now; do you? Let’s move on. When this girl thought that she was being stalked (her words, not mine), I was seen by the police as a ‘person of interest’. Just because I was single and hopeful doesn’t mean that I was a stalker. Disclaimer: I am not, nor was I ever a stalker. It’s a sad fact that I have to even mention that in these politically correct times.
If I were surfing (an activity that I swore I would never do again) and a shark happened to take a bite out of me, which resulted in the unplanned amputation of my arm or leg, I would be a ‘person of interest’ to the media. But, what of the shark? I guess that would make the shark a Selachimorpha of interest (big fish with sharp teeth). No I didn’t just pull that word out of my head – I’m simply an interested person who looked up that fact in Wikipedia; keeping me honest, looking out for your interests – so to speak. There’s no need for you to look up that word; it exists. I verified it. It’s not good to be too interested, just interested enough. You see, we’re all persons of interest in one way or another.
The goal, I think, is to strive to be a person of interest at the right time; like a bride or groom, the winner of the lottery or a just a girl who works at a pizza store. Not like an alleged murderer, or a Selachimorpha (shark – remember?)