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Friday, June 21, 2002

I used to have a superpower.

I don't know why I had it. But nowadays I don't think I possess it anymore. Once upon a time, I had magnetic powers. Not the "attract-metal" kind of stuff, but rather, I had the power to attract children's eyes. Kids used to stare at me. Their eyesight would be magnetically drawn to me. I would smile at them, frown at them, make faces at them. But whatever I do, they'd just keep on staring. Nothing I do fazes them. At times I would even check if my fly was open or if there's dirt on my face or whatever. But nope. My appearance was pretty normal. It would happen in church, at the mall, wherever. I even remember one time when I was using the phone booth, a bunch of kids just stood in front of me and watched me. It was pretty unnerving.

But recently, it seems my power has faded. Kids don't look at me the way they used to. My wife, Kuki, even has a theory on how I lost my power. You see, the height of these incidents occurred when I was sporting long hair. Yeah, I admit, I used to have a ponytail. Anyway, Kuki surmised that, like Samson, I lost my power when I had a haircut. But I was quick to point out that kids were staring at me even before I had long hair. So maybe that wasn't it.

So what happened? Was it because I got married? Was it because I got older? Was it because I changed my glasses? I may never know the answer.

Is there a point to this story? Probably not.

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