Thursday, March 16, 2000
It''s a scary world out there and many people--perhaps even you--are irrationally afraid of something. But don''t feel bad; at least we didn''t catch you on the street.
Penny MarshallAge: 35 Occupation: Teacher
Do you have any phobias? Yes, I''m afraid of loud noises, firecrackers and balloons. Let me tell you, the 4th of July is terrible. I get hives when I see a balloon.
When did you realize your fear of loud noises? As a child. Being at a birthday party with balloons and being forced to listen to firecrackers in the back of a VW bus...in the ''60s.
Any of your friends have phobias? I have a friend who becomes nauseous at the sight of John Elway [former Denver Broncos quarterback]. He reminds him of someone who, when he was a child, vomited all over him.
Sean PenningtonAge: 28 Occupation: Traveller
Any phobias, Dharma-boy? Well, I''m a surfer, you know, so naturally I have a fear of sharks. Sometimes you just get this feeling...
Know anyone else with a phobia? I have a 23-year-old friend who can''t stand sleeping alone in the dark.
Do you think everyone has a phobia? A little bit, sure. I think homophobia seems to be a big part of our society these days.
Franky BozemAge: 36 Occupation: Copy Editor
Do you have a phobia? Clowns. Clowns are horribly scary, and it isn''t funny.
What about them scares you? Everything. White faces, and all the color...it''s just scary.
The circus must be hell for you. (Nod)