Johnny was a strange man with strange habits. As a boy he would always count his steps when he walked and everything he did had to end in even numbers. His parents at first didn't think much of it until his teachers called from school explaining his unusual habits such as looking for gum underneath the desks and making sure that all of his fellow students had sharp pencils. The was the early mindset of Johnny O'toole. It should be noted that little Johnny was a perfectionist and a brilliant student. He cared about his friends and his teachers, always making them birthday cards and get well cards if they were sick. Johnny was a good boy.
While in elementary school he developed the unusual habit of eating out of dumpsters in order to save the environment. During his time in junior high he took an avid interest in politics and wanted to become a communist so he could control everything. But people aren't perfect, in fact every person is tremendously flawed in many ways. Johnny didn't necessarily think he was perfect but he didn't think it was unreasonable to ask people to be perfectionists like himself.
Junior high finished and Johnny had graduated with near perfect marks. In high school he further steeped himself into politics and wanted to run for mayor and make the city a communist city. It would only be the first stepping stone in his political career. But something more sinister was happening to him. And it was because of two incidents. The first was when he had forgot to lock his locker and somebody stole all of his books. This was when he developed his compulsion of checking locks not only at school but at home. He would check everything to make sure the stove was turned off, that the back door was locked, that he shut off the shower, etc. His routine would take him nearly an hour to leave the house. He had similar routines at school. On multiple choice exams he worried that he had penciled in the wrong letters for the answer and would continually go over past questions. He eventually couldn't complete his exams on time and failed grade 12. At home he would only go out in someone was in the house, just in case somebody might break in or light the house on fire.
In his early twenties his obsessive compulsive orders had aged him. He looked like a man well into his 50s. He would only go out at night and would go to road and construction sites and rearrange the signs to what he thought they should be. And the signs he thought weren't necessary he would take them home and put them in his parents garage. He would only bring them back to the sites if they were needed.
He would search the city for new construction sites and walk through them changing the signs and putting the unnecessary ones in his truck to take home. He would mutter to himself things like, "I don't understand why they have these signs here... they don't need that one... I'll take that one home. What are they thinking with this sign.."
Back at his parents 5 car garage he had collected over 500 signs and no longer could any of the cars park in the garage. His parents said nothing. They knew he was ill, but Johnny didn't want help. One night there was an episode of crime stoppers showing a man stealing signs from construction sites. As Johnny watched the episode he hollered at the t.v., "I wouldn't have to steal those signs if you idiots knew what you were doing."
Johnny started to suffer from insomnia and would wake up screaming in his sleep. His sleep problem was compounded by the fact that he slept during the day and got up at midnight to go to construction sites. Then one day he got up and was very groggy. He wasn't quite sure what time it was. He fell back asleep and then got up and started to sleepwalk and eventually arrived at a construction site. Some of the signs were blinking and reflecting. He had trouble seeing so he snapped on his flashlight. He started to mutter, "What the hell is going on here? I have never seen a site in such disarray. This is unbelievable, I can't figure out the logic."
He started to shift around the signs, the whole time he was cursing to himself as he tried to find the perfect order to the signs. That's when his mother snapped on the garage light and said, "Johnny, it's time we took you to see a doctor."
Johnny leaned against his mother and started to weep.