I have no idea if I exhibit any Asperger traits. I am different, but no one every mentioned that to me before. It would be nice to meet sometime. I have met Scott two times when members went to NY.
I'll try to keep from derailing this thread any further after this post, but I think you may be interested in knowing why I said what I said. Here's why:
I tend to get really focused on making (and attempting to clone) particular styles of pizza, which sometimes may be very alien to me, if not completely alien to me; which also tend to be styles that no one else seems to know how to replicate very well (or at all). For example, Tommy's style laminated cracker crust and Giordano's style stuffed pizza. I've contributed many pages of rhetoric and pictures in an effort to solve these two styles of pizza (one of which I've never had), attempting to share every little detail about almost every pizza I make; sometimes to the point where it surely gets very confusing to most readers. It's almost like a science journal, I suppose, yet sometimes built heavily upon very unscientific thought processes.
Without putting too much thought into it, Norma, you seem to be the only other member who operates or functions in a similar manner. But I'd say you take it to a whole other level. Which is cool. (Also, you are infinitely more polite than me.) These boards are filled with people who are obsessed with pizza, but I think you and I are kinda unique in our expression of obsession; particularly because we both seek to fully understand many diverse styles of pizza, sharing every detail of every success and every failure, whereas most people seem to keep themselves in a comfort zone of maybe one or two different pizza styles (and usually don't share their pizza failures).
It seems fazzari might come from a similar mould, as well, but it's hard to say for sure since he has so much less time to devote to the boards than either you or I. I'm really beginning to appreciate fazzari's approach and methodology, which somehow mostly escaped me for almost three years.
I'd say Peter is a lot like us, too, yet totally different at the same time. There's no one on this planet like Peter, and there probably never will be. There will be a Wikipedia page about Pete-zza someday; maybe even text books. However, they probably won't be able to say much about Peter on a personal level because Peter is so secretive about his identity and personal life. Peter is Clark Kent.
Scott123, I suspect, may be akin to John Frusciante (former guitarist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers): Knowledgeable about many different things, both pizza-related and not, but a virtuoso of NY style pizza and everything that constitutes NY style pizza, like no one else will ever be (and probably a little awkward socially). I envision Scott as a bit like Rain Man (but certainly not to the point of totally freaking out whenever a little kitchen smoke sets off a smoke detector). In a word, passionate.
I think Chicago Bob fits into the "A Little
Different" club, as well, although I feel like he probably tends to obscure a lot of knowledge and personality traits behind goofiness. In other words, I think Bob knows a hell of a lot more about pizza than most long-term active pizzamaking.com members realize.
And obviously Walter takes a ton of pride in his membership in the "A Little
I'm very analytical.
P.S. - If anything I've said here seems offensive or insensitive, please let me know so I can edit or delete it. I did not intend to offend anyone, but I've come to realize that a lot of people seem to be easily offended by things that would never offend me. (Like if someone revealed publicly that I'm kinda quirky or strange or unique, even though it's already obvious to everyone who knows anything about me.) To me, the things I've said in this post are compliments, or small celebrations of uniqueness. The people I've mentioned in this post fascinate me. If that did not come through clearly in my words, please accept my sincere apology.