Hey, You Look Familiar

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How many of you have heard about, what’s called a “Doppelganger?” It has often been described as someone’s double, look-alike, or physical and behavioral twin. Though identical in looks, they have no genetic relationship with you. Folklore has said, that everyone has their own doppelganger, and they can be either an evil alter ego, or perhaps, even a ghostly apparition. Legend has it, that if you ever see your doppelganger, it’s usually a harbinger of either bad luck, or an omen of impending death. I don’t know what’s scarier; the fact that my evil double is somewhere out there, roaming the earth, and causing untold mischief, the idea, that I could possibly have any more bad luck than I do now, or the thought that another Patrick Dykie is on the loose.

I’m not the only one, who’s somewhat disturbed by the idea of a Patrick Dykie doppelganger. A few weeks ago, my wife awoke from a horrific nightmare, with a piercing shriek. Covered in sweat, and tangled in the covers, she looked at me, and said, “Thank God, it was only a terrible, terrible dream.” I asked her what it was about. She replied in a shaking voice, “I dreamt, I came home from work, and there were two of you. What made it worse, is that the house was a mess, dishes were piled in the sink, the laundry wasn’t folded, the grass wasn’t cut, and you were both in front of separate computers, feverishly typing.” She paused for a moment, and took a deep breath. She then, in a low, barely audible voice, which was almost a whisper, said, “Both of you were writing and posting simple observations of everyday life. I was never so scared in my life.” All I could do was hold her close, tell her I loved her, and everything would be all right. I also smiled to myself, as I thought, “Wow – two posts at once.”

The reason I bring up the idea of a doppelganger, is that a few days ago, a complete stranger approached me at the supermarket. He reached out his hand to shake mine, and said, “Bill……Bill Perisiki. How are you doing? I haven’t seen you in at least five years. You look great. Did you ever get that humorous book you were working on, published? When I told him my name was Patrick, and not Bill, he didn’t believe me. He thought I was messing with him. It took almost five minutes, a lot of back and forth arguing, and finally a look at my driver’s license, social security card, and voter’s registration, to finally convince him, I wasn’t his long-lost friend, Bill Perisiki. He said he couldn’t believe the uncanny similarity. Everything, including my height, weight, hair color and style, mannerisms, and even the way I walked, were virtually identical to what could only be a Patrick Dykie doppelganger. According to him; me and Bill could be identical twins.

After my encounter in the grocery store, I thought about trying to track down this Bill Perisiki, to see if he really was my doppelganger. I even went on a website called, “twinstrangers.net.” On this site, you upload a photo of yourself, select your basic facial features from provided sheets, and activate facial recognition software, from a data base comprised of photos from over a million-different people. The site will then provide you with possible matches of people that look like you. The bad news is, there’s no one on the site that looks like me. The good news is, a little over one million people are extremely happy, and thanking their lucky stars that they have absolutely no resemblance to me. I guess I should be happy that my initial efforts to find my doppelganger have failed. To be honest, I’m not sure if I want a face to face reminder of what I look like. I have my trusty bathroom mirror – and that’s scary enough.

As always happens when I write my simple observations of everyday life; the idea of a Patrick Dykie doppelganger has brought up many unanswered questions, a few observations, and a number of disturbing thoughts. I was thinking about finding my doppelganger, and bringing him home for dinner to mess with my wife. She’s always saying, how I drive her nuts. Imagine two of me! The only problem is, there might be unforeseen consequences. What if she thinks he’s better looking. Worse yet; what if she runs into him somewhere, thinks it’s me, participates in a romantic interlude with him, comes home, and says, “Honey, how in the world did you beat me home? Oh, by the way. This afternoon was amazing. I never knew you could be so romantic, and it was the best love-making we’ve ever had.” It kind of puts a little pressure on me the next time, doesn’t it?

Do you think my doppelganger is limited to Caucasians of European descent, or is it possible that his similarity to me, might cross cultural, racial, or ethnic divides? Is it possible that somewhere in the Guangdong Province of China, there’s a subsistence farmer who is my doppelganger? Could he be an Asian duplicate of Patrick Dykie? If there is a far Eastern look-alike, does he fit in to Chinese culture? Do other farmers make fun of him, due to his freakish appearance, large size, and, love of fried chicken with mashed potatoes? Has he been recruited by government officials for the Chinese national basketball team?

I shudder to think of this horrific possibility, but somewhere in the vast reaches of this world; do you think it’s possible, there’s a female doppelganger of me? What if she’s a “lady of the evening?” What if I run into her, and she looks exactly like me, except for  makeup, a long silky mane of hair, sexy, revealing attire, and a quite attractive hour-glass figure? Excuse me a moment…………….. Sorry, that image just shook me up for a few seconds. What if for some crazy reason, I found her to be unbelievably hot? What if for an even crazier reason, she thinks I’m the handsomest man in the world, and falls instantly in love with me? What if I fell in love with her? I better finish up this simple observation, before I drive myself insane. Besides, I adore my wife, would never leave her, and can’t imagine saying to her, “Sorry honey, but I’m leaving you for – myself!”

About Patrick Dykie

I'm a simple, middle class family man, living a quiet life in eastern Pennsylvania with my wife, Barbara. I have two sons. the oldest, Daniel is out on his own, and is very successful in the business world. My youngest, Adam, is in his final year of college. After many years in the construction field, I decided to take a chance at becoming a published author. I love to write humor-filled narratives about people, places, things, animals, and popular culture that we see in our everyday lives. My first book, Simple Observations - A Humorous Look at the Absurdity of the World Around Us, is now available. I'm currently working on a second book, which I hope to have out before the end of 2018. I hope you enjoy your visit. Any comments are greatly appreciated.
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27 Responses to Hey, You Look Familiar

  1. Hi Patrick, great article! I wanted to let you know that my website Twinfinders.com lets people search for their lookalikes as well. We use facial recognition technology to analyze user’s faces and give them their top matches. I have photos of people who’ve found their lookalikes on the site if you’re interested in adding to your article or are just curious 🙂


  2. If I have a doppelganger out there, I’m just hoping she (or he, as you point out) is into lawyering and can assume some of my work duties. Think of how much more I will get done!


  3. I think I’m gonna visit “twinstrangers.net”. 😉 In my younger years I did have somewhat like a doppelganger, a secretary in the American Forces Recreation Center in my homeland in Southern Bavaria. She was not behaving very well so for some time I had a rather bad reputation without knowing why. 😉


    • Thanks for the visit, and the comment. I appreciate it. She could have been your bad alter ego doppelganger, and causing mischief, and letting the blame fall on you. It would be fun to know, what became of her.


  4. Micki Peluso says:

    Hi Patrick, this made me really laugh!! On the other hand we could be doppelgangers since we both have minds that jump from one related subject to another usually ending up where we started–and our humorous writing style is similar. Hmmm, now that’s food for thought. 🙂


    • I’m glad the post made you laugh. I’m also honored that a successful, published writer says we have similar writing styles. It’s a great compliment. I do jump from subject to subject. You can see that by all my different, and often strange stories. Thanks again – I appreciate it.


  5. This is funny and very entertaining, Patrick. I am tempted to visit the “twinstrangers.net” site to see if I have a “Doppelganger”, although at my age (74) I don’t think it would make much difference. Well penned. Much success on your book. ☺☺


    • Thank you very much for your visit and comment. Twinstrangers.net, does, have over a million people who have uploaded pictures. You just never know when you’ll find your doppelganger. I’d rather find my first, than run into them by accident. Thanks again, and take care.


  6. paulandruss says:

    Hilarious Patrick


  7. Jennie says:

    What a scary / funny thought. Hadn’t thought about this before, and now my mind is spinning. Great post!


  8. ivors20 says:

    Haha, a doppelganger Ivor, lives over there near you, his name is Danny Richards, but please don’t look him up, it’ll take the surprise out of everything, for when I come over visiting…..


    • Ivor, I think I already have met Danny, though I didn’t ask him his last name. He was a distinguished looking gentleman carrying a poetry book in one hand, and holding the hand of a tall striking woman, who looked at him with an adoring look. I guess that he is your doppelganger.


      • ivors20 says:

        Well done my friend, if the striking woman was a blond, then thjs could be a “Double Doppelganger” my lady friend Barb is also tall striking blond


  9. jenanita01 says:

    I really love the way you write!


    • Thank you for reblogging my post, and your kind words. I’m glad you enjoy my writing. I just sent the final edited version of my book back to my publisher. Hopefully, other people will like my writing style. Thanks again and take care.


  10. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    A treat for you to start your weekend with a post from Patrick Dykie who can take what would assume is a non-lethal word such as doppelganger and turn it into a potential marital and life-changing crisis. Very amusing and well worth heading over to read. #recommended

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  11. Patrick you do write the funniest things. A great post to start the weekend.

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  12. nrhatch says:

    It took almost five minutes, a lot of back and forth arguing, and finally a look at my driver’s license, social security card, and voter’s registration, to finally convince him, I wasn’t his long-lost friend, Bill Perisiki. ~> maybe he just invented “Bill Perisiki” to get a look at your driver’s license and SS Card! 😀

    I would find it disconcerting to come face to face with myself somewhere.

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  13. jjspina says:

    It is a scary possibility that we all have a doppelgänger somewhere. I have been told that I look just like someone else a few times over the years. The thought that someone looks like me is creepy to say the least. I hope I never meet my doppelgänger, of course, unless she is rich and famous and wants to hide out and asks me to take her place. Then, I might say ‘yes.’ Haha! Enjoyed your post! 😆

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