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Qadira

I like it when people give me pats on the back.

I loathe onions.

I prefer it when I can hear two different types of songs playing at the same time. (IE: Classic/Rock Metal/Jazz etc.)

I prefer the company of cats over dogs.

I wear a Fadora everywhere. I have a straw one for when I wear Hawaian shirts.

I can't play single player video games for too long. 2 hours at most.

As a nervous habit, I touch all four of my fingertips on my right hand with my thumb. starting at the index finger and moving to the pinky, then back.

I broke my wrist and didn't notice for almost a week. I got bit by a rottweiler, got a scar from it, and didn't flinch. I am 6'4, over 200 pounds, haven't worked out for more than a week my whole life, and prefer to play music over play outside sports.


Tirq wrote:
I loathe onions.

Me too! And it's totally bizarre, because I like the flavor and I like other crunchy foods...but I still hate onions. And like Generic Villain says, it's like I shouted "JESUS CHRIST!" in a church whenever I tell someone.


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@ Onion hate "I get where your coming from I only eat them finely minced in soup or sauce."

As far as me personally I become oblivios to the world when reading a good book. So much so that I failed once to notice that my dads burn pile was out of control.

I hate working outdoors but love relazing in it.

And I can always find time to watch a good crime drama or an episode of Power Rangers.


Grand Magus wrote:

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Are you German?

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LOL, nope. From what I've been told, mostly Irish and Welsh with 1/16 Choctaw thrown in for flavoring.


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watchmanx wrote:
i always have alot to say but cant seem to be able to put the words to paper

+1

Qadira

I hate going to a fast food or other restaurant and having to think about what to order. I just want my damned food to appear. I am a very picky eater which considering I eat damn near anything Cajun, is an oxymoronic thing.

I love words, and thoughts. I like seeing what people think about different subjects, even when I think they are absolutely insane for thinking it.

Shadow Lodge

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Oh just remembered one. Apparently - according to at least one poster on these forums anyway - not swearing makes me certifiably insane.


Scented grooming products (except for a very few scented with natural herbs or essential oils) make me sneeze. Being stuck in an elevator with someone wearing a lot of cologne or perfume is my idea of Hell on earth.

If I want to establish a new daily habit, I almost have to fit it into my morning routine, so that I can do it on auto-pilot without thinking about it. No other time of day really works for me for regularly scheduled non-intellectual pursuits.

My best friend and I look shockingly alike, though we're not at all genetically connected, and people always assume that we're either sisters or a lesbian couple. We often tell them that we're identical twin cousins, just to watch smoke come out of their ears.

Shadow Lodge

Lindisty wrote:
Being stuck in an elevator with someone wearing a lot of cologne or perfume is my idea of Hell on earth.

Oh man do I sympathize. Add cigarette smoke and those hand sanitizers to the list, can't stand the smell of either and the elevators always seem to smell of one or both (mostly due to us having a sanitizer dispenser right next to the clock-in/out machine).

Qadira

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Orthos wrote:
Oh just remembered one. Apparently - according to at least one poster on these forums anyway - not swearing makes me certifiably insane.

My dad says that it is the height of ignorance to swear, because you can't think of anything better to say. It rubbed off on me.


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Let's see...quirks. Ummm....

I like spiders. Like I never would even consider squishing a spider.
Also, I'm terrified of ants.
I have music playing almost constantly. I love almost all kinds of music. But I also hate the Beatles. I can't find even one song of theirs that I like. I think Imagine is the most depressing awful song ever written and there are not words to describe the hatred I had for every choir director who inflicted that song on us.
Even though I'm right handed I usually use my left hand to use a fork or spoon.
I read while I eat.
If someone wakes me up when I'm sleeping they have to do it from a distance because I always wake up swinging. I have accidentally punched people before because of this.
Edit: And I swear like a sailor. It's not lack of vocabulary. I used to read the dictionary for fun. I have the kind of vocabulary that makes me hard to understand according to most of the people I interact with because they always have to ask me what that means. I just also swear a lot. Bad habit I picked up from my dad. Well, that and thinking that heretofore is an acceptable word to use in conversation. ;P

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lynora wrote:
I think Imagine is the most depressing awful song ever written

Thank goodness, I'm not alone. I have to change the station the instant that song comes on, regardless of what else I'm doing.


I don't care for chocolate. Once in a while I have a hankering for a snickers bar, but 364 days out of the year, I'd rather have any other treat. Come to think of it, this is part of the reason I'm not gung-ho about Xmas festivities -- everywhere I go during the holidays, people are offering me chocolate and all I can think is...how about a toasted bagel, or a fruit? Anything else!

lynora wrote:
Edit: And I swear like a sailor. It's not lack of vocabulary. I used to read the dictionary for fun. I have the kind of vocabulary that makes me hard to understand according to most of the people I interact with because they always have to ask me what that means. I just also swear a lot. Bad habit I picked up from my dad. Well, that and thinking that heretofore is an acceptable word to use in conversation. ;P

As the late and great George Carlin once said, "There is no such thing as bad words; only bad intentions."

I have a wide vocabulary too, and since college I've added a lot of colorful vocabulary to my repertoire. :)

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Scintillae wrote:

While I probably come across as socially apt here, I am very much not so IRL. For those familiar with Azumanga Daioh, I have a very similar thought process to Osaka and change trains of thought just as quickly.

When I eat M&Ms, I arrange them into a smiley face. As I begin to eat them, it becomes a frowny face. If it is something like Goldfish or Teddy Grahams, little cries of "oh noooo" will happen. This is why I sometimes avoid the teachers' lounge when I sub.

I sort all colored candy by color, and eat them down into equal piles.

if one color has way too few items to make a nice group of groups of size "X", I'll eat them all just to make the groups even.

once I have even groups, I have to eat the groups down so they stay equal in size. :)

If you want to be cruel, get me assorted color anythings. I have to sort them.

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I don't like shaking hands. Which drives me nuts when everyone at church wants to shake my hand. Sometimes forcefully. And doesn't want to let go.


I love Christmas. It's the last vestige of my childhood that I've held onto, I think. I love the music, the lights, the tv specials, giving gifts. And I will freely admit I love getting them, too. Christmas morning for me is like it is for an excited 5 year old.

Lantern Lodge

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@DungeonmasterCal: Halloween is myChristmas. Sacks of candy, costumes, sweet decorations, smiling happy children . . . and screaming, terrified ones, too!
Plus, popcorn balls. Mmmmm . . . . popcorn balls . . .


I haate things that are (theoretically) flavored like fruit that aren't fruit, especially "fruit-flavored" candy like Skittles and Starburst.

I must alphabetize every list that I can. In some games, like RPGs (both video game and pen and paper), this consumes a lot of time.

Volume on televisions, computers, and so forth which allow you to read numerically (as opposed to just a slider or colored gauge) must be on an even number, even if it makes the sound slightly too loud or slightly too quiet. I can't be comfortable and enjoy something knowing that it is on odd number.

Andoran

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Ringtail wrote:
...Volume on televisions, computers, and so forth which allow you to read numerically (as opposed to just a slider or colored gauge) must be on an even number, even if it makes the sound slightly too loud or slightly too quiet. I can't be comfortable and enjoy something knowing that it is on odd number.

...gods above and below: I thought I was the only one...


Andrew Turner wrote:
Ringtail wrote:
...Volume on televisions, computers, and so forth which allow you to read numerically (as opposed to just a slider or colored gauge) must be on an even number, even if it makes the sound slightly too loud or slightly too quiet. I can't be comfortable and enjoy something knowing that it is on odd number.
...gods above and below: I thought I was the only one...

You do realise that post made the thread stand at an odd number of posts, don't you?

Andoran

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But you responded 127 minutes later, which enabled my response to occur 128 minutes later, evening the post...and enabling you to immediately reply for a nice, round 72.

And now my two odd posts will always equal an even number of minutes.

My OCD cannot be so easily quenched.

Wait a minute...I think that's sad...


*claps*


I'm afraid of bees.

I hate tomatoes.

I have to eat meat at least once every two days or I become Hanibal Lector.

I can't lie.

I also quote films at every opportunity. (I can recite the original Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi scripts by heart).

I'm VERY punctual.

I'm told that I'm very good at imitating people, in voice, quirks and movement, and in song also...

I hate my job. (This combined with the not telling lies made for a fun meeting with my boss' boss when I was asked if I liked my job... lol)

Although I hate my job, I do it to the best of my capacities. I'm very organized an pro-active.

I have a very particular (dark) humor, and not afraid to laugh at ANY situation, no matter how hard and sad it is. Human misery makes me giggle to no end. (If you can't laugh at others, who can you laugh at? lol)

I can put myself in almost anyone's shoes and understand their emotional problems or their thought process that made them do what they did, no matter how horrible the act. Yet, I do not understand pedophiles.

I'm not living; I'm waiting.

I'm very good whith organizing and motivating people to accomplish one or many tasks. Like big parties or events, for friends or at work.

I'm useless with musical instruments (although I never had any lessons to improve on that).

Ultradan


Forgot one:
I am disturbingly OK with spoilers (except when it comes to Doctor Who). I read an in depth review of Avengers on my WindowsPhone complete with all the major plot points while the previews were rolling, and was glad I knew the plotline because I would have been too emotionally shocked when key things happened, and thus been in a bad mood the rest of the movie.


Stockvillain wrote:

@DungeonmasterCal: Halloween is myChristmas. Sacks of candy, costumes, sweet decorations, smiling happy children . . . and screaming, terrified ones, too!

Plus, popcorn balls. Mmmmm . . . . popcorn balls . . .

Man, I love popcorn balls. I haven't had one in YEARS. I love Halloween, too. It happens to fall near my birthday, and in my favorite time of year, too.

People have gotten so paranoid around here that fewer and fewer parents take their kids through their neighborhoods anymore. They opt for Halloween parties at home with the kids and their friends, or have an "alternative Autumn party" at one of the MANY local churches, many of which actually take out ads in the paper warning of the dangers of Halloween to young, impressionable minds.


Ultradan wrote:
I can put myself in almost anyone's shoes and understand their emotional problems or their thought process that made them do what they did, no matter how horrible the act. Yet, I do not understand pedophiles.

I think that's because pedophilia is motivated by genes rather than experience.

Nepherti wrote:

Forgot one:

I am disturbingly OK with spoilers (except when it comes to Doctor Who). I read an in depth review of Avengers on my WindowsPhone complete with all the major plot points while the previews were rolling, and was glad I knew the plotline because I would have been too emotionally shocked when key things happened, and thus been in a bad mood the rest of the movie.

I know several people who ask questions during movies, and I love lying to them. "Yes, Holmes is really dead. The next sequel is going to focus on Watson and his dog, and will be titled 'Watson and Gladston go to America.'" *gasp* :)

DungeonmasterCal wrote:
People have gotten so paranoid around here that fewer and fewer parents take their kids through their neighborhoods anymore. They opt for Halloween parties at home with the kids and their friends, or have an "alternative Autumn party" at one of the MANY local churches, many of which actually take out ads in the paper warning of the dangers of Halloween to young, impressionable minds.

I grew up in one of those places, but I don't remember it affecting Halloween. That sucks for the kids! (And the dentists.)


DungeonmasterCal wrote:
Stockvillain wrote:

@DungeonmasterCal: Halloween is myChristmas. Sacks of candy, costumes, sweet decorations, smiling happy children . . . and screaming, terrified ones, too!

Plus, popcorn balls. Mmmmm . . . . popcorn balls . . .

Man, I love popcorn balls. I haven't had one in YEARS. I love Halloween, too. It happens to fall near my birthday, and in my favorite time of year, too.

People have gotten so paranoid around here that fewer and fewer parents take their kids through their neighborhoods anymore. They opt for Halloween parties at home with the kids and their friends, or have an "alternative Autumn party" at one of the MANY local churches, many of which actually take out ads in the paper warning of the dangers of Halloween to young, impressionable minds.

Halloween is one of my two favorite holidays, the other being St. Patrick's Day. When I was a kid, we had a Halloween party in the basement of our church (United Methodist). The current Reverend does a costume party in which the children are to dress up as someone from the Bible.

When I was in kindergarten, the teacher had to show a video around Halloween about the dangers of taking certain types of candy, such as unwrapped or homemade. This was shortly after some news stories about kids getting things like drugged chocolates and razor blades in their hard tack.
I cried.
I cried because on my ridge, there's this little old woman, Erma, almost completely blinded by cataracts, this year she'll be 103 (yes, she's still alive). She made the best sugar cookies in the world...from scratch...from memory. Each kid got a 4-pack of them in a sandwich baggie.
I thought there would be no cookies for me come Halloween.

My grandma did something similar to Erma for the kids, only with homemade popcorn balls. She also has photo albums full of pictures she took of all the Trick-or-Treaters who visited. 90% of them are the same kids from year to year, so it's neat to flip through the pages and watch everyone grow up.


Am I the only one thinking the ideal costume for a reverend would be a revenant?


Tirq wrote:
Orthos wrote:
Oh just remembered one. Apparently - according to at least one poster on these forums anyway - not swearing makes me certifiably insane.
My dad says that it is the height of ignorance to swear, because you can't think of anything better to say. It rubbed off on me.

F&%$ that. I still think cursing is clever.


-I cannot eat the crusty things that accumulate around the edges of a yogurt. If they fall into the yogurt, I cannot eat the yogurt at all.

-I have spatial photographic memory. As in, I can perfectly remember essentially every detail of any place I visit.

-However, I have terrible memory when it comes to names (Facebook has been a blessing in that regard).

-I say "Goodnight" everytime I go to sleep, regardless of whether there is someone else in the room or not.

-I feel extremely uneasy in the presence of worms, jellyfishes, and shapeless creatures in general (though I can eat them just fine if well cooked).

-I have no problems sleeping with noise, but even the dimmest light can keep me awake for hours.

-I am extremely trusting of people. I am often told I should be more careful, but so far it has given me more good experiences than bad ones.

-I don't drink alcohol nor coffee, and I don't smoke either. Mostly because I don't like the taste.

-I really dislike when I shake another man's hand and the other person doesn't really grip. A shake needs to be energetic; not bone-crushing, but with personality.

-I never collect debts from friends.

-Christmas is my favourite time of the year.

-For some reason I still cannot understand, if I wake up after 11 am I will end up with a headache for the rest of the day. It is almost preternaturally exact in regards to the hour, and believe you me I've done a lot of testing.

-I always bow my head to priests and nuns, regardless of religion (though personally I'm Catholic, I have utter respect and admiration for religious figures in general).

-I abhor eggplants.

-I tend to speak with a lot of outdated words (my native language is Castillian). My parents do too, so I guess I picked it up from them.

-I never curse/swear. There is no particular reason; I just never managed to get used to them.

-I suspect I have some kind of dyslexia, since I tend to mix up words after remaining silent for too long, such as saying "My laptop is low on gas" when I want to say "battery" or "Pass the stone" when I want to say "ketchup".

-I donate blood every 3 months like clockwork.

-I am the clumsiest person I know, to the point that I have learned not to trust delicate things to myself.

-My favourite scents are: Freshly cut grass in the summer, weeping willows during a rainy day, and new Magic: The Gathering cards (which is also often found in new roleplaying books).


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Reading other people's quirks reminds me of more of mine that I had forgotten. Mostly because they seem normal to me.

I hate mayonnaise. I think it has the texture and flavor of snot and don't understand why anyone would eat it on purpose.

I hate to be touched without my permission. Handshakes and greeting hugs are extremely distressing to me. The only person who is exempted from that is my child. It doesn't bother me at all if he hugs me without asking first. People often think I'm standoffish because of my dislike of physical contact.

If I don't have enough alone time in a day I will have a complete meltdown. Vacations are hell for this reason since aside from locking myself in the bathroom there's nowhere to go to be alone.

As long as I have a good internet connection I could very happily be a hermit. :P

Shadow Lodge

lynora wrote:

I hate to be touched without my permission. Handshakes and greeting hugs are extremely distressing to me. The only person who is exempted from that is my child. It doesn't bother me at all if he hugs me without asking first. People often think I'm standoffish because of my dislike of physical contact.

If I don't have enough alone time in a day I will have a complete meltdown. Vacations are hell for this reason since aside from locking myself in the bathroom there's nowhere to go to be alone.

As long as I have a good internet connection I could very happily be a hermit. :P

So very +1

Since I'm kidless and uninterested, my exceptions to the first one are a small very limited circle of very close friends, including my brother, his wife, Scint, and a handful of others.


lynora wrote:

I hate mayonnaise. I think it has the texture and flavor of snot and don't understand why anyone would eat it on purpose.

Oh God, I think you'd hate it here. In Chile, this is the standard-issue hot-dog.

Mayonnaise is like the lifeblood of this country.


Orthos wrote:
lynora wrote:

I hate to be touched without my permission. Handshakes and greeting hugs are extremely distressing to me. The only person who is exempted from that is my child. It doesn't bother me at all if he hugs me without asking first. People often think I'm standoffish because of my dislike of physical contact.

If I don't have enough alone time in a day I will have a complete meltdown. Vacations are hell for this reason since aside from locking myself in the bathroom there's nowhere to go to be alone.

As long as I have a good internet connection I could very happily be a hermit. :P

So very +1

Since I'm kidless and uninterested, my exceptions to the first one are a small very limited circle of very close friends, including my brother, his wife, Scint, and a handful of others.

I'm so glad I'm not the only one. I can't even describe the level of discomfort that it causes. My whole body just freezes and I know I don't have a good enough poker face to hide my feelings.


Klaus van der Kroft wrote:
lynora wrote:

I hate mayonnaise. I think it has the texture and flavor of snot and don't understand why anyone would eat it on purpose.

Oh God, I think you'd hate it here. In Chile, this is the standard-issue hot-dog.

Mayonnaise is like the lifeblood of this country.

*gag* Oh, gross. It even looks like snot. Just looking at it reminds me of the times when I've accidentally eaten some of it which makes me want to go scrub off my tongue to get rid of the memory of the flavor that's how much I hate it.

But I'm sure it's delicious to those with taste buds other than mine since otherwise it wouldn't be so popular. :)


lynora wrote:


I'm so glad I'm not the only one. I can't even describe the level of discomfort that it causes. My whole body just freezes and I know I don't have a good enough poker face to hide my feelings.

Is there any particular thing that provokes this feeling of uneasiness, or a cue to know when to avoid it?

I tend to hug and kiss everyone I meet (the kissing is mostly cultural. We Latin Americans tend to do it a lot), and I have in a few cases encountered people that don't feel too good with it. What's the preferred course of action in such a situation? Would a pat in the back be proper, or better just a greeting without actual contact?

The idea is to make sure people don't feel uncomfortable, but at the same time avoid being too distant.

lynora wrote:


*gag* Oh, gross. It even looks like snot. Just looking at it reminds me of the times when I've accidentally eaten some of it which makes me want to go scrub off my tongue to get rid of the memory of the flavor that's how much I hate it.

But I'm sure it's delicious to those with taste buds other than mine since otherwise it wouldn't be so popular. :)

S'not that bad, really. See what I did there? Hohohoho!

Alright, I'll shut up.


Klaus van der Kroft wrote:
lynora wrote:


I'm so glad I'm not the only one. I can't even describe the level of discomfort that it causes. My whole body just freezes and I know I don't have a good enough poker face to hide my feelings.

Is there any particular thing that provokes this feeling of uneasiness, or a cue to know when to avoid it?

I tend to hug and kiss everyone I meet (the kissing is mostly cultural. We Latin Americans tend to do it a lot), and I have in a few cases encountered people that don't feel too good with it. What's the preferred course of action in such a situation? Would a pat in the back be proper, or better just a greeting without actual contact?

The idea is to make sure people don't feel uncomfortable, but at the same time avoid being too distant.

I don't really know how to explain it. I'm just really sensitive to touch. I've been known to reject a notebook because the cover was the wrong texture. All I can say is that it feels bad. The less pressure, the less discomfort. So a pat on the back would feel awful, but a light handshake would be bearable. On the other hand, if someone has my permission, it's not like I hate to be touched. But I don't become comfortable with people easily. When meeting new people I usually contrive to either be standing too far away or to have my hands conveniently full so I can get away with a wave or a nod and smile. Think of it like dealing with a skittish cat, you let them come to you without making any sudden movements that would cause them to back away. :)

Honestly there are a lot of different reasons why someone would be uncomfortable with touch so there's as many different answers to your question as there are people who it applies to. If you know someone doesn't like to be touched, they'll probably be really grateful to be greeted with just a wave or a spoken greeting though.


Hehe, hi Klaus, yeah, the Chileans I know seem quite comfortable being rather handsy with people they have only just met, not quite paws under the clothes handsy, but close, I like you guys ;)

As far as cues go, I recommend paying attention to the person’s body language when approaching them, if they look tense in anyway to you (i.e. shoulders held high, tightness around the eyes.) don’t touch them and instead make a warm gesture towards them like a hand wave when greeting them, it gets across the connection feeling without actual contact.

I am a very warm, affectionate person too but living in the United States, a place where people seem to have a hard time even looking each other directly in the eye when speaking, I’ve learned that if you don’t want to make someone uncomfortable you need to be as certain as possible your touch will be well received before initiating contact.

If you aren’t particularly good at understanding physical cues but you want to hug someone the other thing you might try is to just straight up ask them if it is ok if you give them a hug, even for someone who doesn’t normally like to be touched asking permission can sometimes change what would otherwise feel like a sensory assault into something they are ok with.


Sorry lynora, didn't mean to butt in on your conversation=)


Dogbladewarrior wrote:
Sorry lynora, didn't mean to butt in on your conversation=)

No worries. You were much better at expressing what I wanted to say anyhow. :)

And yes, the important thing is to ask permission. Cannot stress that enough.

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Gum. I can't stand gum. The smell of it makes me nauseous, seeing someone chewing it can trigger my gag reflexes and to hear someone smacking or popping it pushes me to the very brink of madness.

I believe I can trace this back to an experience when I was maybe 9 or 10 years old. I was riding around with my mom a few miles into the 'wilds' behind our house. We were looking for the horses which had gotten out of their pasture area. The car over heated or something and on the walk back to the house the only source of moisture for my thirsty young self was to chew some grape bubble gum. I remember enjoying gum up to that point, but never again afterwards.


I like mayonnaise, but can't stand bologna. Also, I hate the way bologna is spelled.

Oh, and I don't eat mild cheese other than on pizza. If it's not sharp, it's not worth eating.

Klaus van der Kroft wrote:
My favourite scents are: Freshly cut grass in the summer, weeping willows during a rainy day, and new Magic: The Gathering cards (which is also often found in new roleplaying books).

I call it the Magic-Meth smell. I just know it's chemically engineered by WotC to create addiction. :)

Andoran

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  • I can't walk past a public Nativity scene without rearranging all the people (including the wee baby Jesus) and animals into scandalous positions.

  • I hide from the produce section at the grocery store. I mean I actually have to duck down below the produce bins and clutch blindly for my pears and oranges. I think I'm afraid of the kiwi fruit. Not comfortable around the squash either.

  • Whenever I get a new car, I hang a dog collar from the bumper like in that National Lampoon movie. I've never actually owned a dog. I just think it's hilarious.

  • I refuse to spend any time alone with caged birds or cocker spaniels. There has to be someone else in the room or things will turn ugly real fast...unless I'm alone with caged birds and cocker spaniels at the same time. For some reason, I'm okay if they're together. Weird.

  • I like to nap in driveways, especially in the summer when the concrete is warm. My apartment building doesn't have a driveway so this has caused some problems with the neighbors.

  • For some reason, I only dream in Spanish. I can only speak a few phrases of Spanish when I'm awake, but it's clear as a bell when I'm asleep. One time, I dreamed in French with Spanish subtitles, which was helpful because I hardly speak any French at all.

  • I am a compulsive liar.


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I hate not wearing a hat, it makes me feel uncomfortably exposed and nervous. Over the years I've amassed quite the selection of hats so that I have one that I can wear in almost any situation, though am still not allowed to wear on while on the clock.

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Klaus van der Kroft wrote:

I tend to hug and kiss everyone I meet (the kissing is mostly cultural. We Latin Americans tend to do it a lot), and I have in a few cases encountered people that don't feel too good with it. What's the preferred course of action in such a situation? Would a pat in the back be proper, or better just a greeting without actual contact?

The idea is to make sure people don't feel uncomfortable, but at the same time avoid being too distant.

For me, I just tend to prefer a wave and a verbal greeting. That satisfies most people in most situations, and I can generally put my dislike aside for formal situations like job interviews where handshakes are expected and not doing one can have drawbacks. I'm not a social person outside my small personal circles (a fact that frustrates my parents to no end) and tend to prefer minimal interpersonal contact, but I at least try to return "Hi" and a general answer to the common "How're you doing/how've you been?" inquiries. I generally don't ask in return because - to be quite honest - unless I'm actively worried about the person or they're especially close I typically don't care, and am not good at faking it.

The problem is when I go to church and everyone expects me to shake hands with every other man just because I'm a man. It's not asked, it's not offered, it's simply having hands shoved in front of me and an expectation that the handshake will be immediately returned. There's one guy - friendly (sometimes too much so) and nice guy, loves to talk, tries to get other people to talk, far too social for me but he seems to have tagged onto me for some reason - who the instant he sees me will make a beeline for me and stick his hand right in front of my face, at least once reaching across half a pew full of people to do so. Drives me bonkers, but if I refuse I'm the rude one.

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Dogbladewarrior wrote:
but living in the United States, a place where people seem to have a hard time even looking each other directly in the eye when speaking

This too. Oh boy this. The guy I mentioned above? Very VERY intense direct-eye-contact talker. I HAVE to look away from him somehow or it just feels like I'm getting the staredown. I am terrible at maintaining eye contact and tend to look just below the face or past someone rather than meeting their gaze.


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Ringtail wrote:
I hate not wearing a hat, it makes me feel uncomfortably exposed and nervous. Over the years I've amassed quite the selection of hats so that I have one that I can wear in almost any situation, though am still not allowed to wear on while on the clock.

I would like to wear hats, but my skull is extremely large so any hat that comes in a fixed size is usually far too small and just kind of balances there. This is extremely uncomfortable and nearly caused my to assault a person at my high school graduated who wanted to straighten my cap. By that time I had been balancing it for more than an hour and was ready to work bloody murder.

Stretchy knit caps might work, but I don't like those.


Samnell wrote:
Ringtail wrote:
I hate not wearing a hat, it makes me feel uncomfortably exposed and nervous. Over the years I've amassed quite the selection of hats so that I have one that I can wear in almost any situation, though am still not allowed to wear on while on the clock.

I would like to wear hats, but my skull is extremely large so any hat that comes in a fixed size is usually far too small and just kind of balances there. This is extremely uncomfortable and nearly caused my to assault a person at my high school graduated who wanted to straighten my cap. By that time I had been balancing it for more than an hour and was ready to work bloody murder.

Stretchy knit caps might work, but I don't like those.

I have a similar problem; large head. It took me a while to find the hats that I have, so I treasure them dearly. Still lamenting that the only decent Ash Ketchum Indigo League hat I ever found was too small for my cranium. I also have incredibly large hands, which makes buying gloves or using a Playstation controller or touchscreen-anything a chore.

EDIT: I suppose that I also have large feet, so shoes come in a limited selection.

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Ringtail wrote:


I have a similar problem; large head. It took me a while to find the hats that I have, so I treasure them dearly. Still lamenting that the only decent Ash Ketchum Indigo League hat I ever found was too small for my cranium. I also have incredibly large hands, which makes buying gloves or using a Playstation controller or touchscreen-anything a chore.

EDIT: I suppose that I also have large feet, so shoes come in a limited selection.

My hands are fairly comfortable around a PS2 controller, but my feet are extra-wide so most shoes are really binding. I tend to find a brand and stick with them, getting the same make again and again until they stop selling it.

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