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Monday, September 12, 2005

Fifty-fourth Question

Most people have idiosyncrasies, what do you consider to be yours?

n. pl. id·i·o·syn·cra·sies:

1.) A structural or behavioral characteristic peculiar to an individual or group.
2.) A physiological or temperamental peculiarity.
3.) An unusual individual reaction to food or a drug.


  • At 11:48 AM, Blogger Sublime said…

    Hard to choose from the ones I have! The ones that come to mind sound more obsessive/compulsive than But, here are a few of the more "normal" ones:

    1.) Every morning when I get in the elevator (it's a VERY slow elevator) at the building I work in, I always push the 1st floor button before I get out. It comes to mind that maybe someone might just have that much more of a better day if the elevator is actually there waiting for them, instead of the other way around.

    2.) I look in my closet and under my bed each night before going to sleep. I never see anything except the dust bunnies, but I still have to look.

  • At 1:06 PM, Blogger Bent Fabric said…

    How much time do you have?

    1. I like chocolate bars but no other chocolate flavored foods.
    2. Odd numbers bug me. The exceptions are 7 & 13, which coincidentally are my favorite numbers.
    3. The right shoe ALWAYS goes on first.
    4. Unless forced to I cannot use public restrooms. I would rather drive all the way home.
    5. My watch never leaves my wrist unless I'm taking a shower.
    6. When running or walking around the block it has to be clockwise.
    7. I can't fall asleep unless the television is on unless...ahem...there are after-hours activities.
    8. When going to a place I've never been I have to do a "test run" the day before.
    9. I don't like feet.
    10. I name inanimate objects. My car is an example.
    11. I cheat by reading the back of the novel first to see how it ends. Suspense kills me.
    12. Lotioning my hands is a MUST after washing them. A travel size tube is most always in my possession.
    13. I frequently name inanimate objects. For example, my car.
    14. I get agitated if I miss the previews at the beginning of a film.
    15. I watch the credits at the end.
    16. I’m drawn to people who know the meaning of the words flibbertigibbet and denfreude.

    There are plenty of others. hehe

  • At 1:07 PM, Blogger Bent Fabric said…

    Sublime, I do the elevator thing too. *lol* We are so thoughtful.

  • At 1:52 PM, Blogger Oh, that girl. said…


  • At 2:05 PM, Blogger Cass said…

    I have many, this is one...I flex my toes and fingers as I am falling asleep.

  • At 5:32 PM, Blogger arcane said…

    I have to smell everything. And when I get dressed it has to be right sock right shoe left sock left shoe or it bothers me all day.

  • At 8:03 PM, Blogger Elizabeth Taylor said…

    Ok, here's five:
    1. When I finish a project at work I never show my boss and she ends up having to ask for it.
    2. I like to be alone ALOT. Most of the time, actually.
    3. My friend G tells me I never close lids all the way. Any lid.
    4. I always wear clothes that cover my knees.
    5. I always park in SAME SPOT at work and when I can't it irks me.

  • At 10:08 PM, Blogger nancy =) said…

    i have none...really, i can't think of one thing...

  • At 10:10 PM, Blogger nancy =) said…

    cass you always have the most bad-ass pictures...they crack me up =)...ciao...

  • At 4:48 AM, Blogger Late Edition said…

    i never wear matching socks ... never

  • At 4:51 AM, Blogger Sith Snoopy said…

    I have obsessive compulsive disorder. That gives me a whole category of idiosynchrocies. :)

    My OCD, and having grown up being sick most of the time, have given me a very big fear of germs. It's mostly under control with medication, but today a very nice person totally pushed my germaphobia buttons.

    So, there's this homeless musician I talk to often. If I see him outside the pharmacy when I'm going in to pick up a prescription, I'll make a point of getting him a little something, then bring it out to him. And we'll chat about music, etc.

    Well, today he decided it was time for us to actually know each other's first names! :) So we exchanged names, and he shook my hand.

    Now, as far as I know, unless there's a bathroom nearby, the homeless have to find whatever else is available, and are afterwards unable to wash their hands. I figure it's like camping out your entire life, but often w/o sufficient camping supplies. :P

    Well, after I got into my car, I carefully rummaged through my purse with my uncontaminated hand for my purell. Then I squirted as much of that stuff as I could out of my almost empty purell bottle, and rubbed my hands together. And hoped my homeless friend had clean hands, or at least no easily caught diseases.

    Even though I purell'd my hands, I still felt like everything I touched after that was contaminated. I did some "germ trail" cleaning after I got home. Washed my keys. Sprayed the doorknob to the front door.

    Have yet to clean the car's steering wheel or the door handle. Or my ipod, which I touched as I insisted to myself to concentrate on the fact that the purell was going to make my hands clean enough, damnit! [But I didn't believe it, so I know tomorrow I will disinfect my poor ipod, and possibly some purse contents, since I put it into my purse when I got out of my car.]

    Needless to say, my OCD anxiety/fear has caused me needless pain, all because a very nice person wanted to finally know my name and shake my hand. :)

    I'm glad I at least didn't freak out prior to the handshaking, i.e., that I didn't back away from shaking his hand. I'd really hate to hurt his feelings just because I'm a bit nuts. :P

  • At 10:03 AM, Blogger I n g e r said…

    My hands play any music I hear, and I'm usually not aware of it. 20 years of piano lessons; it's ingrained. TV jingles, radio tunes, you name it. My daughter gets annoyed by it; "Stop PLAYING me!" she insists, and takes my hand off her waist.

    In numerology, every letter of the alphabet is assigned a number, sequentially from 1-9. My fingers have memorized those numbers, so I can "type" on my leg (or Maisie's waist) the numerical value of words as quickly as they're spoken.

    Those are the two big ones. The rest is just low-level nutty.

  • At 10:11 AM, Blogger RitMeyer said…

    There can be no dirty dishes in the house before I go to bed...none.

    That's just one thing. If I put them all down, I have a funny feeling someone might call me OCD.

  • At 1:43 PM, Blogger TinaPoPo said…

    1. I have to put the half-n-half in the mug before the coffee or I swear it tastes different.

    2. I won't sleep in an unmade bed. I'll make it right before I get in it at night, if need be.

  • At 3:54 PM, Blogger AKH said…

    I hate tomatoes but love ketchup and spaghetti sauce.

    That's really all that I can think of at the moment.

  • At 6:34 PM, Blogger Ace of Spades said…

    Mr too AKH. Is that wierd or what? People say how can you like ketchup and not tomatoes? Easy, texture baby, texture.

    Also ditto what snoopy said I have a problem with washing my hands everytime I turn around.

  • At 7:52 PM, Blogger Mind Sprite said…

    I like the flavor of anything orange but don't like actual oranges. Same with onions. And you're right, it's all about the texture!

    And I can't leave my house dirty when I'm on a trip. I will stay up all night the night before I leave to clean the house. Also, I can't study for a test if the house is dirty (I think this is more of a stalling tactic.)

  • At 8:06 PM, Blogger StacyGrrrL said…

    sith snoopy's post made me laugh. i'm also afflicted with OCD - about 20 years or so now that i can remember. ever watch Monk? That's me, but add Borderline Personality to the mix, plus I'm female. Very volatile. Antsy. Too many rituals and compulsive behaviors to list. It might be fun to try one day though. :)


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