Tuesday, January 15, 2013

I Am a Weirdo

And I say it with restrained pride. My friend Pearl likes to say, "Everyone is someone's weirdo." (If you click on her name, you can be instantly transported over to her hilarious weirdness post.) I may be a little weirder than most, though.

1. I unconsciously pick up into my own speech patterns the accents and verbal nuances of whomever I am talking with. Like conversational Silly Putty, I will lift your speech patterns and make them mine if we ever talk. And I don't even realize I'm doing it until it's too late.

2. In the locker room of my gym, I don't touch anything with my bare hands. Although it is a very clean, new locker room, I must use a paper towel to directly touch any handle or surface in there (or any locker room).

3. Bulls, large horses, and various wild animals don't bother me at all in close vicinity. However, should I spot a roach or mouse,  I will break any land speed record and leave my dignity in the dust. Just be sure to get out of my way.

4. I take my own pillow when we stay in hotels. I just can't sleep if I don't have it.

5. I like to leave little notes inside books in libraries and books stores for others to find. Just for the fun of it.


6. I talk with animals in what I imagine to be their language. That means I meow with cats, woof with dogs, moo with cattle, and whinny with horses. I even squeal with guinea pigs. And usually they talk back to me.

7. Even though I have read Where the Red Fern Grows with my students each year for 29 years and know it well enough to have large chunks of it memorized, I still cry at the end.

8. I like to dance, and much to the horror of my 16 year old daughter, if a good song comes on in the mall or grocery store, I will bust a move.

9. Even the thought of ingesting shrimp, coffee (which I've never tasted), or bananas absolutely makes my stomach turn.

10. I can and have spoken in front of a couple of thousand people without nervousness, but sometimes talking on the phone with someone I don't know makes me tremble.

'Fess up. What makes you a weirdo?

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  1. I love your "weirdoness" (I bet that won't go through spell checking, LOL) I think it makes you, you! And at the gym it is a good thing to have a paper towel handy and not touch anything with our bare hands, especially with how bad the flu is this season. I can't imagine going through life without coffee :)

    have a good day!

    betty

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    1. Betty: I agree- I have become a complete germaphobe! Stay germ free, my friend~

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  2. I am like you with #1 and #4. Especially #4. If I don't have my own pillow I end up with headaches and aches in all kinds of random places. I also have one of those body pillows. Not always convenient. Sometimes I have to buy one to use while I'm on the trip, and then just leave it. I love your #5 and would love to find one of your notes. I imagine that inanimate objects have feelings (i.e. cars, Kindles, etc) and I'm very careful to talk nicely to them and tell them what a good job they're doing. Karma. And I always talk lovingly to my flowers and plants because I just KNOW that they have feelings. I'm usually pretty good with people, but when they have the ability to talk back, sometimes there are problems.

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    1. karen: I think that, too, that what we put into people and things, somehow we always get the same back. That pillow thing has gotten me some strange looks from people in the lobbies, but I don't care- I will have my own pillow! :)

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  3. One, Five and Ten, baby. :-)

    My boss is British. Do you know how many times, because of this, that I have said, "Oh, well done, you"?

    Pearl

    p.s. Thanks for the shout-out. :-) Unfortunately, I was quite a weirdo the other day. And, of course, I've written about it. In two parts.

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    1. Pearl: Gosh, I laughed at your faux pas. I can only imagine how it got worse as you tried to dig your way out...

      And at least the British accent sounds so refined and elegant. When I get around my redneck side of the family...

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  4. Count me in on #1 and #4. Is that enough to make me weird? Well, I'm sure there is a long list of other things.

    Oh, snap. I just went back and read the comments and this makes it look as though I am mimicking karen. But wait! That makes three of us on these items, so they aren't weird after all, no?

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    1. vanilla: It is still weird. It is the pockets of weirdness that makes our country great. Live weird and proud!

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  5. Hi, Shelly and Pearl! After decades of struggling to be normal I decided to stop fighting it and embraced my weirdness. Pearl, don't feel badly about your colorful remark. I have put my foot in my mouth more times than I can count. Shelly, I practice your #1 all the time. It's part of the matching and mirroring technique used to establish and maintain rapport. I also do #6 which again, is a method of building rapport, only this time with animals. (Animals are people, too!) I suppose I am weird by virtue of the fact that I enjoy my own company more than that of any other person. I love to entertain myself with my own thought processes and inside jokes. I always get them! Thank you Shelly and Pearl for more another round of smiles and laughs today!

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    1. I also like to add the word "more" into sentences for no particular reason. That's kinda weird, too!

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    2. Shady: I think our quirks are what make us who we are- at least, that's my story when my weirdness pops out. It's a good thing to get our own jokes. I amuse myself like that regularly! I don't see anything wrong with adding extra mores into a sentence. Stay warm in your part of the world, my friend~

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    3. I sometimes find myself adding redundant diminishers to my spoken language, too!

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  6. Yep, it's official - you're definitely a weirdo!! LOL!! I love number 5 - what a good idea! I think to touch things in the locker room whilst holding a tissue is probably an excellent idea. I'm not sure that this British person's accent sounds refined and dignified!! Put it this way, as I say the word it would come across as refained!! (That's quite posh, isn't it?!). Fun post my friend.

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    1. thisisme: I'm sure your English sounds much prettier than mine! The way I say refined sounds something like ruh- faned. And since we are in the middle of flu season here, I am especially germaphobic right now. Makes me shudder when someone sneezes near me-

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  7. I don't share any of the weirdness you mentioned, though #8 is close. I don't sing in public, but you can bet that if I hear a word or phrase that is part of a song and if I'm in a good mood, I am going to sing the song.

    Another weird thing is re-checking an envelope or a card that I've put gift money or a gift check in... like, 10 seconds after I put it in.

    I'm sure I'll think of many other weird things about myself as the day goes on.

    Fun post - thanks for exposing yourself and for the laugh!

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    1. Anita: Oh, I've done that- checking the envelope over and over! I'm also like that in being sure everything is turned off in the house before we leave. Come back and add more if you think of some!

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  8. I love this post. From one weirdo to another, nice to meet you. :)

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    1. Say What: It's always good to meet a fellow weirdo!

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  9. Oh, my gosh, that was so fun!! I'll have to post something...after some thought. Do you think you could pick up the MN accent with (supposedly) speaking through our noses? down, like a dowry, not with any twang?

    I also don't touch any door handles or anything public, except in stores, I have to touch the cart...but do not touch anyone til I wash my hands when I get home...That's the good thing about long sleeves in the winter...in the summer I use my purse handle to open doors! Is your thing only in the locker room?

    Number 5 is fun--if the notes are nice! :) (I'm sure they are)

    Very fun post Shelly, thanks for the good thoughts today!

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    1. Jamie: I probably could if I listened to it! I have become such a germaphobe that I always use my germ-x everywhere, and I always try to cover the shopping basket handle, too. And yes, I try to leave nice little things, that would get a smile from someone, kind of like some of the things I put on FB.

      Can't wait to hear yours!

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  10. This is funny ! I can relate to #1 an #2. My daughter can relate to #3 My parent's gardener back in ""India would talk to animals in their voices ie meow with cats, and wuff wuff with dogs and quack with ducks. I thought that he did that for our sake, but his wife said that he would do that even when kids are not around.

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    1. Munir: I enjoy how we're alike! And I love that your parent's gardener would talk to the animals like that, too. I think they do understand us...

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  11. Oh, goodie, a list! I used to play a game with a co-worker caLLed I'm More OCD Than You Because I _______

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    1. I think a shrimp, coffee & banana pudding would cure half of everything. You would want to use fresh bananas.

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    2. I speak very eXact English to Cooper, but my wife wiLL return his canine noises, generaLLy when she wants to tease him.

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    3. ESBoston: You gave me a stomach ache! I'll bet Cooper is bilingual, fluent in dog and human~

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  12. If I found a note in a book it would make my day! What a fun idea!

    How do you manage working at a school AND being a germaphobe? That sounds exhausting!

    I've often wondered, how does someone who detests coffee (or the idea of it) handle living in our society where coffee smells are everywhere? I love coffee, but during pregnancy it made my stomach turn. That's when I noticed how many people are out it public with coffee in hand.

    For the record, weird is my favorite personality trait. :)

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    1. Funny is Family: I love the smell of coffee, and in fact have coffee scented candles in several rooms of my home, but I just can't stomach the thought of drinking it. And I was raised in a home of coffee guzzlers.

      The germ thing...I just have lots of germ-x and disinfect regularly!

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  13. I'm a Mormon. Doesn't that make me weird by definition? :) Loved your list! Do you remember the scene in Night at the Museum when Mickey Rooney says, "He looks like a weirdy!" We use that line a lot around our house. I love weird!

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    1. Nancy: Weirdly- Ha! I almost used that here but wasn't sure how many would get the reference. We are sisters in the weird!

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  14. I MUST have makeup on before I leave the house. So...the last two times I forgot mascara, I have had a little nervous breakdown.
    I hate spiders.
    I love speaking in front of people...just never get a chance.


    I think you are perfect!

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    1. Christine: Oh, I get you here. The ONLY time I am without makeup in public is at the gym, and most people don't care, there. But mascara? I do wear mascara everywhere, even there.

      And you are pretty perfect yourself, my friend!

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  15. I'm really not weird, but my kids think I am. They don't like the way I burst into song in public and talk rather loudly and openly about sex. As for being upset about the little critters, I agree with you. A bull isn't going to run up your leg and into your undies, but a mouse might.

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    1. Janie: That is EXACTLY my fear about those little things- ugh!!!

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  16. Oh my goodness I am weirdo in many ways. I don't like crowds and avoid them at any cost. I don't even like going shopping. The thought of Walmart sends me into a panic mode!! I don;t the little critters either. A snake would not have to bite me to kill me. I would kill myself getting away from him.

    My husband is weird like you when it comes to the clean thing. He watches everyone to make absolutely sure they wash their hands before preparing his food...whenever possible of course. He also carries disinfectant wipes everywhere and I am the only person he will drink after.

    LOL...good post today. We all have our little weirdness and that's a good thing if not carried too far. Without our differences life would be so boring!!

    Happy day to all!:-)

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    1. Jackie: I don't like big crowds in enclosed places, but I can do shopping fine. I keep so much germ-x and disinfectant wipes that I think I smell like them now. And yes, a little weirdness is a good thing! Stay warm`

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  17. I not only bust a move in the mall but sing too! I run a mile if I see a mouse. I am frightened of being sick as I think it is the loneliest experience in the world (a throwback from my chemo days, I am not superstitious but I still wont walk under a ladder! Funny post :)

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    1. Lyndylou: We could form our own group, with choreographed moves and everything! I don't walk under a ladder, either, because I don't want it to tip over on me!

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  18. Really? Right here where the whole world can read it? (-: Love your note thing, because I do that as well sometimes. Is that supposed to be weird? Hmmm, I may have more weirdies than I thought. But first I'll have to see if I can separate them from the 'not weird'.

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    1. Linda: (: Weird and proud! And I love seeing that more people are doing the note thing. It's such an easy thing to do to add a little wonder and joy to someone's day.

      And I think weird is in the eye of the beholder...

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  19. Shelly,
    While my weirdness is pretty evident for the whole world to see, I will confess that you are the first person I have ever run into that shares Item #1 with me. I have sometimes wondered whether the other person thought I was trying to mimic them, when I realized what I was doing. But it was entirely subconscious.

    On just our third day in Italy, a sales clerk said to me, "Nice accent" - regarding my six word Italian vocabulary. I think spoken words must go directly into our neurons, don't you?

    The rest of my own list is too weird for public consumption. :)

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    1. Marsha: I have heard we pick up those accents because 1.) we have a great ear for language, 2.) we are very empathetic. And too weird for public consumption? Never!

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    2. Ahhh, Shelly, trust me on this one, you really don't want to press your luck on "too weird for public consumption" when it comes to my personal pecadillos. (That word looks weird, but I am too lazy to go look it up right now.) Hugs to you.

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    3. Marsha: We must be related, somehow- I didn't put my weirdest ones up here!

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  20. Based solely on #9, you ARE a weirdo. But a very nice and talented one.

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    1. Stephen: People here think I'm downright nuts, right on the Gulf of Mexico, home of some of the best shrimp in the world, and I won't eat it. All three are just...blehhh!

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  21. How perfectly charming you sound, Shelly! I also pick up accents and nuances...which is why for the first ten years I lived in the south, they said I sounded weird. And people in my home state of California said the same thing. And everyone asked me where I was from...in both places!

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    1. Cathy: It is easy to get that hybrid accent going. Although I can speak accent free if I concentrate, my normal is kind of a hybrid Tex/Mex southern thing, or so I've been told. Your hybrid southern/Cali one sounds great~

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  22. I loved all 10 of your endearing weirdnesses, Shelley, but could particularly identify with #1, 6, 9 and 10! Except I recoil from calamari, oysters, eggplant and beer -- which would make me really weird to a lot of people. And public speaking I can do quite easily, but some kind of cold call on the phone is torture! So you're not alone!

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    1. Dr. Kathy: It makes me feel good to know that I am not alone in my quirks! And I would also recoil from the four food items you listed, particularly oysters!

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  23. Hi Shelly. I can relate to #1, 3 and 8. I also think a note in a book is a lovely idea. I guess the weirdest thing about me is leaving nouns out of sentences when talking with someone I know well. This is what my sister says I do. I'm in mid-thought about something and start talking about it to her without context. She has to ask me what on earth I'm talking about. "Give me some nouns," she says. I would think it was horribly weird except that now she is doing it to me!

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    1. Belle: My mom does the same thing to me- leaves them out, and then I have to try and piece together what she's saying while she's still going 90 mph! Odd thing though, is that usually I can figure it out pretty quickly. I will probably doing the same thing to my girls.

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  24. I think I've said this before but I laugh out loud at your posts and I NEVER laugh out loud at anyone's posts. Maybe a chuckle or a gurgle here and there but that's it. I was almost in tears of laughter reading numbers one and eight. You just described me to a TEE!!! ;-)

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  25. I love your honesty and prefer to refer to these things as quirks!

    I do a variation of #1 - instead of accents, I change my vocabulary and grammar to match the other person's.

    Other quirks? I swallow my gum. I am a pack-a-day gum chewer/swallower :) I'm trying to cut back, honest. And I used to skip to the end of a book to find out how it resolves, especially if the suspense is unbearable, then go back and pick up where I left off. I've gotten better at resisting that, but I often still read the newspaper back to front. And, the last one I'll admit to (but not the last I have) is that I am wound very tightly about getting an even haircut - I so dread getting home to find one side longer than the other.

    Maybe these are beyond quirks and all the way to weirdness after all :)

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    1. jenny_o: I did a post a while back on my unfortunate quirk of laughing inappropriately and how it has gotten me into trouble. So yes, I think we could call these quirks, or eccentricities...

      I do the same with a book and newspaper, and it drives my husband crazy! Glad to know I'm not the only one!

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  26. I love to have my own pillow to, for years I hated using puplic toilets although not so much now days, I have a terrible habit of wanting to skip to the end of a book just like Jenny above....lol
    I hate all sea food and coffee can't even stand the smell of either.........so with you on that one too.......I have to wear knee high stockings or socks with all shoes except thongs as my feet sweat so much that I will end up with blisters if I don't...........

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    1. Jo-Anne: I really don't like public toilets, either. In there, too, I have to use a paper towel to touch anything. And try skipping to the end of the book sometime- it's incredibly satisfying to me!

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  27. We all have our little eccentricities. And one man's meat is another's poison. It's nice if we can accept ourselves as we are without getting all hung up about it.

    Maria

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    1. Maria: And it's those differences that make us stronger!

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  28. I'm with you on 1, 7 (Red Fern leaves me in a puddle), and 10. On the phone am more fully aware of the sound of my voice and it is startling to me. I also run out of things to say very quickly...but give me a keyboard and I'll tell you everything.

    The habit of #1 is challenging when you are an ESOL tutor and people are trying to learn properly spoken English, but you keep responding in their accent. When I worked in the multicultural library I embarrassed myself all the time.

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    1. Jenny: I like to think it's because we're empathetic people! And like you, I often have to restrain mysels with the written word because I can go on and on, but spoken...a different story all together.

      We're reading Red Fern right now in one of my classes. I can already feel my heart squeezing and we've only just started it~

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  29. Oh Shelly I must say my list is way to long. I like to think of me as eccentric (nice ring to it don't you think?)
    I think I found your note in a book at the library one time it made me smile OK it was probably not your note but it appears you are not the only weirdo they seem to have those ones in Canada too.
    I think you and I would get along very well there are a lot of weird (eccentric) similarities:)
    I love Pearl she makes me laugh. B

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    1. Buttons: Pearl is hilarious- she's headed to big things, I just know.

      I love that you've found a note! I do think we would get along well. Maybe we could race our tractors sometime...

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  30. ha..way too many to list! I like to arrange things in sets of 3, drink 6 cups of coffee every am and love shrimp and bananas!!

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    1. Annemarie: If we lived closer to each other, I'd give you all of the servings of those things that are always offered me and that I never eat!

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  31. I think we all have our own little weirdness. I do like the idea of leaving notes in books. Funny, always before I loan a book to anyone, I flip through to make sure I don't leave anything there that I don't want someone else to read. Now it will be fun to leave something for them to be sure and read! :-)

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    1. Nonnie: I would love to find a note myself one day in a book! And it's really a fun thing to do~

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  32. Nah, I do not think you are a weirdo. I do some of the stuff you do. Blessings to you Shelly.

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    1. Just Be Real: Ah, thank you, my friend!

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  33. Ah, I love all of these!! Each one is so endearing :) If you're a weirdo then we clearly all love weirdos. The dancing thing definitely makes us kindred spirits!!

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    1. Saumya: My secret dream is to be in a flash mob one day- we could be a flash mob of two! Thank you, my friend~

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  34. Great post! I think you sound like a lot of fun, not weird....

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    1. Sharon: That makes me feel better- thank you!

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  35. This is total inspiration for a future post for me because I am SO weird. I do the same thing in a locker room (I actually won't touch any doorhandles anywhere at anytime with my bare hands) and I LOVE the library book idea!

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    1. Julie: I wasn't such a germaphobe when I was younger, but as I age, it intesifies. I would love to read your post on this!

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  36. Hi Shelly!

    And here I thought I was the weird one! Nice to meet a fellow weirdo!

    Nas

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    1. Nas: I am in good company with you, my friend~

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  37. Good post - we are all dysfunctional in some way aren't we? I take my pillow too! sandie

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    1. Sandie: I like to think those weird things are what makes us interesting...

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  38. Dearest Shelly,
    OMG, I missed this lovely post(*^_^*) We all must be a Weirdo in some way. First of all, I admire you for No.5 and 10. Taking notes must be the key for the language. For the use of the PC, it is surprising to realize that I cannot write Kanji as well as before. I smiled with the No.6; yes, I felt the same way when little and tried to talk my dog with his language, but never worked, haha.
    Whum, I am pretty good at removig things and hate the room isa mess. But the closet and the drawers are really mess p;)
    Have a wonderful coming weekend and hope your area isn't too cold, mydear friend.
    Sending you lots of love and hugs from your Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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    1. orchid: You are right, my dear friend Miyako, we each have our own little oddities, and I like that because it's what makes each of us so unique. I, too, have a couple of closets I really need to get organized, but time and enthusiasm for it are lacking right now! I hope you are feeling better every day and stay well! We have a little cold, but not bad. We haven't had freezing weather yet.

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  40. I worked with someone who switched accents too! No COFFEE??? I usually take my pillow with me too. The only time I don't is when the car is too crammed.

    My weird confession: I check for monsters/bad guys under the bed. Every. Night.

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  41. What a cool list, Shelly! I can just see you busting a move in the grocery store.

    And I LOVE your red boots!

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    1. Janie: They are my favorite pair- thank you!

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  42. I guess I'd be called weird because I do several of the things you do. I don't touch doorhandles, especially if I'm wearing along sleeve shirt. I pull my hand down into my sleeve and open the door using my sleeve as a guard :)
    I actually do the speech thing too. I don't know that I'd ever really thought about it until you mentioned it.
    Rick

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    1. Life 101: With this flu season, I fear I am becoming too vigilant a germaphobe. Heaven forbid someone sneeze near me!

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  43. Okay -- but you're a nice kind of weirdo...and I {whispers} routinely have intense conversations with my dogs. But life sans coffee -- is it a life? (Sorry, didn't mean to get philosophical here.)

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    1. Jerry: The real test is: do the dogs whisper back? I hope they do! And coffee- just nothing about it except the smell is good to me~

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  44. I just popped over to say hi and let you know I was thinking about ya'll! I hope you're having a good weekend. I can't wait for another one of your great stories!

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    1. Jackie: Thank you, my friend! The weekend is great here, and I hope yours is the same. I was just at your site enjoying those wonderful pics~

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  45. Ha, Shelly, you never fail to amuse and please. You aren't a weirdo. I would call you passionate and fun! Oh, and I have a relative who also acquires accents when speaking to people. It's funny to listen to.

    What are my own idiosyncrasies? Let's see--if something very funny happens, I will laugh about it each time I recall it as if it had just happened. I still laugh at things that happened years ago like they occurred yesterday. Some things just don't stop being funny, I guess. I also will break out into dance randomly, sometimes at restaurants, sometimes at the mall. Some of my stuffier friends have learned to let loose and join in as a result! Also, no matter how many times I hear Kelly Clarkson's rendition of "Up to the Mountain" as sung on American Idol, I cry. Gets me every time.

    Have a wonderful Sunday!

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    1. Janette Dolores: That's a wonderful gift, I think, to be able to laugh at something as if it is fresh and new. I do that sometimes with movies. I think we have some good similarities!

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  46. I love your list. I am right with when it comes to large animals, not afraid of them, but if I see a mouse I would be running right along side of you.

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    1. Words of Deliciousness: I can beat any 20 year old track star if I see a mouse...or a roach...or a snake...

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  47. That is a brilliant observation!

    You're not that weird, because i do a lot of the things you do!

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    1. Lydia: Then I'm in very good company!

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  48. Haha! I guess everyone has their idiosyncracies! (I'm with you on busting a move when I hear good music!)

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    1. Sherry: I always tell my kids- when you least expect it, I will be dancing in public! It's healthy to live with a little fear, I think~

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  49. I believe that everyone is weird to some degree. Don't worry about it.

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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    1. Gina: I believe you are right- it is our differences from the norm that make life interesting.

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  50. Haha! Enjoyed reading the post! Well I share point no. 5 and 8 with you! So I'm a weirdo too! :D
    Glad to be on your blog. Do visit my blogs when you find some time.

    You are invited to be a part of upcoming blog event. Plz visit http://andmylifegoeson.blogspot.in/2013/01/whats-your-story-you-are-invited.html

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    1. Manju: It's good to know I have company! I will head on over to your blog and thank you for the invitation~

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  51. Hehehe you make me laugh!
    I'm a weirdo too on so many accounts!

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    1. Michelle: We weirdos should unite and plan our world takeover!

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  52. I've filled my library with old, hard-backed books. Once I bought a whole stack at a flea market without flipping through them--found $1000 tucked inside one of them! I think a note from you would be just as nice. :) (I've also found post cards, love letters, and black and white pictures)

    I eat a hardboiled egg for first breakfast every. single. morning. (and yes, that means I eat two--but I wake up so hungry if I don't eat something right away I will start crying!)

    I only use black pens.

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    1. Chantel: $1,000?!! Wow! And I'm like you. I love old hard backed books, especially old text books. I've even got some from the mid 1800's. Amazing how things have changed in education.

      I love first breakfast- that is going to have me smiling the rest of the day!

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  53. None of it sounds scary weird. Well, maybe your opinion on bananas, shrimp and coffee is weird. But maybe that's just because I love all three. I had a banana for breakfast, shrimp Pho for dinner and a cup of coffee for desert.
    I'd say that some people might think I'm weird for a lot of reasons, but I just do what I want and have fun doing it. My wife is the same way. I'm going to have to think about it...

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    1. Pat: Ha! My husband and kids love shrimp, and so they are kind of glad I don't like it since it leaves more for them. To do what you want and have fun doing it is a great life philosophy~

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  54. I have a pillow I can't sleep without either. It's one of those memory foam gel ones and must weight twenty pounds but it's so great on my neck I can't sleep on anything else. LOVE.

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    1. Julie: Yes! I broke my neck years ago and it's very picky about what it lays on now. Those are the wonderful pillows~

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