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idiosyncratic

Well, uitlander wants to know about quirks, personal idiosyncracies. Simultanously, bugpete starts asking about personal rituals you know are absurd but can't stop doing. And I'd rather do anything else than what I should be doing. All this means that it's meme-time...

"Write down five of your own personal idiosyncracies."

1. When I cross the road I pretend it's a river When I step onto the road, I pretend I'm walking across a fast-flowing river, and that if it notices I'm walking on it I will fall through the surface and drown. When my foot hits the pavement on the other side I breathe a sigh of relief at having safely reached the other shore.

2. Washing up includes drying up, damnit I'm getting better about this, but I strongly feel that "I'm doing the washing up" should include the drying up and a modicum of wiping and putting out the rubbish, if needed. At the very least all mugs and glasses must be dried, to avoid later unpleasantness.

3. Yes I talk to walls Well, specifically, I talk to rooms, houses, doorways. "Hullo the house," when I come home, "let's get you locked up," or "bye" or "look after yourself" when I leave and "Okay, Okay (etc.)" when it's hidden something or is being difficult ... and some longer conversations too

4. No, I don't need help packing Supermarket purchases should be packed according to the formula; one bag for sweet, one for savories, one for non-food items, contaminants individually wrapped, everything packed heavy to light, no more than two heavy items per bag. I can do this really fast, and I don't want any help. Thanks.

5. I take self portraits of myself sat on the loo Astonishing how many reflective surfaces there are once you start looking. Before Flickr, I thought it was just me. But now I know better.

There, that's fairly representative. Who wants to do this one? If you do, consider yourself tagged.

Oh, speaking of which, I never did do stickismyfriend's "books I didn't finish" meme:

List five books you were enjoying but never managed to finish.

The Last World ~ Christopher Ransmayr (ran out of weekend)
The Magus ~ John Fowles (decided to walk all the way round Spetsis instead)
Rubyfruit Jungle ~ Rita Mae Brown (threw it across the room for some reason, I forget why)
Finnegan's Wake ~ James Joyce (decided I'd prefer an audio version)
Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnameable ~ Samuel Beckett (finished my finals, didn't need it any more)

*sigh* I don't think I can put it off any longer ...

Comments

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percyprune
14th Jul, 2005 07:45 (UTC)
Okay, you've been memed.
tenderhooligan
14th Jul, 2005 09:13 (UTC)
1. When I cross the road I pretend it's a river When I step onto the road, I pretend I'm walking across a fast-flowing river, and that if it notices I'm walking on it I will fall through the surface and drown. When my foot hits the pavement on the other side I breathe a sigh of relief at having safely reached the other shore.

Possibly the mentalist-ist thing I've read all year. ;)

3. Yes I talk to walls Well, specifically, I talk to rooms, houses, doorways. "Hullo the house," when I come home, "let's get you locked up," or "bye" or "look after yourself" when I leave and "Okay, Okay (etc.)" when it's hidden something or is being difficult ... and some longer conversations too

I've been known to do this, once or twice, but with lots more expletives and blasphemes.
cleanskies
14th Jul, 2005 09:37 (UTC)
it's in the etc.
The swearing, that is.
jinty
14th Jul, 2005 14:09 (UTC)
I talk to Livejournal
or sometimes to the car or to the bike.

Or the showerhead, if it's being temperamental.
tenderhooligan
14th Jul, 2005 14:13 (UTC)
Re: I talk to Livejournal
I talk more to myself: I have a conversation with someone else; their voice is in my head, and mine is out loud. I think lots of people do that though? The housemates do laugh at me though, which is rather unfair. ;)

Yes, I talk to the car too; I tell him how much I love him a lot.
cleanskies
14th Jul, 2005 15:26 (UTC)
I skipped talking to myself
--- it seemed far too obvious! Apparently most crazy-type voices in your head are male, middle aged and disapproving ... although dicussion with friends down the pub suggested that this may be down to what gets reported as a *problem* -- sweet nothings from calm lady-voices more a benefit to be enjoyed than a problem to be cured ...

Housemates are there to mock you. It's one of their main functions.
jinty
14th Jul, 2005 16:30 (UTC)
housemates are there to mock you?
really? I thought I was there to mock housemates.

Oh, wait, maybe this is a problem.

(No, I don't actually mock as such -- but I have to try & avoid being all nagging-mother about taps left dripping etc.)
tenderhooligan
14th Jul, 2005 17:14 (UTC)
Re: housemates are there to mock you?
I have to try & avoid being all nagging-mother about taps left dripping etc.

Me too. I try to stop myself, but the nags are out before I have even thought of them. My bad. No one wants to live with a granny, I'm sure.
tenderhooligan
14th Jul, 2005 16:58 (UTC)
Re: I skipped talking to myself
I think your explanation of why voices in your head are typically male is a good one indeed.

Speaking of pub...
cleanskies
14th Jul, 2005 17:10 (UTC)
yes, pub. Uhm --- I'm probably free, um, sometime next week? G-grief, we're useless at this.
tenderhooligan
14th Jul, 2005 17:12 (UTC)
Ain't that the truth! I've never found it this difficult to make it to the boozer before.

Next week isn't good I think, for Scottish is preparing for an exhibition. The following?
cleanskies
14th Jul, 2005 17:14 (UTC)
I'm just going to collapse laughing now
for a boozer like me this is getting quite complex.

But yes. Monday, wednesday or thursday that week would do fine.
tenderhooligan
14th Jul, 2005 17:16 (UTC)
Re: I'm just going to collapse laughing now
A-HA! I shall make enquires this very evening and confirm!

Oh, you know what, Monday of that week is actually my b'day so that will be taken up with other plans. (See how I sneaked that in too, most gratuitously!).

Wed./ Thurs. then so. I shall get back to you.
cleanskies
14th Jul, 2005 17:20 (UTC)
ooo,
that was slick. What a coincidence, it's my birthday the day before ....
tenderhooligan
14th Jul, 2005 17:46 (UTC)
Re: ooo,
Wow. How clever of us. And I do believe it's Mark's b'day the same day as yours, no?

Mine's unique, naturally. (Apart from my first boyfriend and twins I went to university with.)
tenderhooligan
15th Jul, 2005 10:27 (UTC)
Oi missus!
Thursday the 28th it is. OK?
cleanskies
15th Jul, 2005 10:53 (UTC)
is OK
fix venue closer to time, right? Let's hope this one sticks, many a slip twixt well you know the rest
cleanskies
14th Jul, 2005 15:20 (UTC)
I don't talk to my shower
--- but given that it's just a tap attachment, it's obviously not sentient. Should I get powershowered up, I'm sure I'll talk to it then.

What time should we be meeting for adventures tomorrow?
jinty
14th Jul, 2005 16:27 (UTC)
adventures...
meet at my place at say 6:30 to set off to the wilds of Bristol? Hopefully my chatty gadget lady will know where she is this time, and we can go the quicker rather than scenic-er route... shall I email Debra? think we'd get there at some time like 8-ish if all goes well...
cleanskies
14th Jul, 2005 16:45 (UTC)
that sounds dandy
-- I'll make sure Damian's straight with that, if you want to email Debra ... I already OKayed the general gameplan with her in this thread so all she'll need is the ETA.

Forewarned and all that -- this time I'll actually look at the map. Properly. I promise.
profundo_rosso
14th Jul, 2005 14:17 (UTC)
I share your dislike of other people packing my groceries. Like most folks, I put stuff for the fridge in one bag, general kitchen stuff in another, alcohol etc in a third. How come the kids these stores hire have not even the most basic understanding of this?
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