I read this in the NY Times yesterday about Asperger's Syndrome, and decided it would be convenient to diagnose myself and say I have it. It is obviously the latest hip and cool syndrome, and I wanna piece of that, I am going to jump on that band wagon. As the article tells us, aspies 'often have normal or above-average intelligence' but 'have trouble making friends and lack the intuitive ability to gauge social situations. They fail to make eye contact and often exhibit a single-minded fixation that can be both bizarre and brilliant.'
People who know me would agree that I am bizarre and brilliant. I do not make friends easily, never leave the house, never look people in the eye, basically I am a mess. Unless I give in to it: I have Asperger's Syndrome. Then I can avoid people and parties and hang out with my pets and never feel guilty.
(note: I have met people diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome and realize that they have a problem or problems that I do not have. But if a person is shy and awkward and monastic, as I am, perhaps they have the tiniest slice of this condition)