I don't always respond to tags, but thought I should try to be personally reflective. Don't ask me why I came to that conclusion. I know that I'm weird. I know that I'm strange. However, trying to pinpoint specific idiosyncrasies is quite the challenge. I even pressed some of my friends and my other half, "Come on, just tell me what's weird about me." What a loaded question!
1. Artificial colors freak me out. If a food is not naturally green or blue there is no way I am eating it. They just look awful. Yes, I know they probably taste the same, and no, I will not eat them. This strange goes back to elementary school and St. Patrick’s Day. Some of the moms (and they were all moms back then) were selected to bring in treats for holidays. One St. Paddy’s Day those treats included such items as green muffins, cookies, and MILK. Green MILK. I can’t bear the thought. Red velvet cakes, blue popsicles, festive frostings in a variety of colors, are all out. Awful stuff.
2. Open food containers like peanut butter should be free of all debris and as smooth as possible. The family across the street from us growing up had 8 kids and their house was always a wreck. I remember going over there and my friend fixing me a peanut butter sandwich. Embedded in the peanut butter AND the jelly were crumbs from other people’s sandwiches. DISGUSTING. To this day I can’t stand crumbs in a jar. It makes me want to hurl. Nutella, butter in a tub, and condiments, they must all look as clean and contaminant free as possible. When you take out a helping from these jars you must leave the top as smooth as possible. No gaping holes, no uneven surfaces.
3. I dislike many medications, but like using the correct terminology vs. brand names. Naproxen sodium is more fun to say than Aleve, acetaminophen way more fun than Tylenol. Ibuprofen, whatever the drug, I like the name and not the brand. I wish to learn more, just for fun.
4. I have writing crushes on these two men:
Sloan makes economic and Wall Street news hilarious and informative.
Hersh is a living legend and arguably the best investigative journalist ever. They both write so well--with humor (the former) and conviction (the latter.) Sadly, they are not alone. I’ll often form intellectual crushes on people. I adore forming cerebral connections more than anything else. It feeds my soul.
5. Color arranging. If I have a collection of multicolored things in front of me, I must arrange them in a sequential and symmetric pattern by color. Take for instance Skittles: you could arrange a handful into red, yellow, two orange, a purple, two orange, yellow and then red. If there is a color that doesn’t fit the pattern (say one green) it must be eaten or discarded to meet symmetry. It’s preferable to eat the candy in a way that a pattern can be maintained, even if by constant reorganization. Poker chips, colored balloons, it can be any type of object in multiple form in front of me, they must all be arranged properly.
6. I am really bad at word puzzles of all kinds. It’s been said that Jeopardy! works because people feel smart if they get one right and conversely, Wheel of Fortune works because people always figure it out. It’s the opposite for me. Wheel of Fortune often stumps me. I can’t do crossword puzzles and I hate jumbles or searches of all kinds.