Saturday, January 06, 2007

Strange But True

Heather tagged me with a meme the other day. Apparently I'm supposed to list 6 weird things about myself.

Really? I may have to decline this invitation. If I'm lucky, I might be able to find 1, or at the most 2 weird things about me. But 6? Sorry folks, I'm just too normal for this kind of nonsense.

But then my wife saw Heather's tag and immediately turned to me and said, "Oh please let me write this one - this is going to be easy!"

Very funny. Of course when I graciously volunteered to let her be the author, she declined - you know, one of those "all talk no action" type of deals. But she did help supply the first 4 of these, so I guess you can thank her for them.

Anyway, on to the list...

1. Ears to good times

So, according to my wife, the #1 weirdest thing about me is the fact that I mess with my ears. And not only do I "abuse" my ears but I actually seem to enjoy it! This tends to freak her out because she absolutely cannot stand to have anyone touch her ears. I, on the other hand, will voluntarily do things like:

- squish my ear up and tuck it inside of small containers like film canisters
- put things around my ears like rubber bands

- clip things to my earlobe like clothes pins and chip clips

2. See Spot Run
The next weirdest thing about me is that I "run" in my sleep - which is true. Much like a dog, when I dream about running or riding a bicycle (circus dogs only there), my legs start a-churnin! I've woken myself up more than once while I was in full sprint. My wife says I do this all the time but I think she's exaggerating. I'm not that ambitious!

3. Nothing to sneeze at
I have issues with sneezing. Like many people, I ALWAYS sneeze when I walk out into the bright sunlight. That's not so unusual, a lot of people sneeze at the sun. What's odd about me is that quite frequently (it happened on the way to work this morning), I will launch into a sneezing fit and not be able to stop for like 50 sneezes. It's very annoying and sometimes very inconvenient. Did you know it's impossible to keep your eyes open when you sneeze? Yeah, that can be a problem - especially when you're driving.

4. Chew on this

My gum of choice is bubble gum and I carry a pack with me at all times.

See honey... Nothing.

My wife is convinced that this is weird. That a 45 year old man would chew bubble gum like a little kid. I say not. I say more adults chew bubble gum than she realizes and I'm just one of the many. What do you say?

5. Who's got the clicker?
For some reason, if I push my thumbs against the side of my index fingers they make a "click" sound. Again, not too weird. The "weird" part is when my OCD kicks in. For whatever reason, if I click the right thumb I also have to click the left thumb, even if it doesn't need it - just to keep my clicking in balance.

And, as if one click-affliction isn't bad enough, I can also click my eyeball. Yep, it's easy! Just push on it and "click!" And like I said in this post, if I push on it real fast, it sounds like a geiger counter in my head.

What. You can thank Heather for making me write these - don't look at me.

6. Venus was her name

I have one molar that traps a little piece of meat between it and its neighbor tooth every time I eat. EVERY time. That's why you'll never find me without dental floss. I have it in my bathroom, in my pocket, in my car, at my desk and hidden in several restaurants around town as well. The good news is, if I ever want a small meat snack, I know where to find one!

And now, according to the "rules," I'm supposed to tag 6 other people for this meme as well. Normally I'm not much of a "tagger," but in this case I think it would be fun to see the ideosink...idiotsync...iodinestink... the weird sides of: Jess, Emma, Wendy, Carla, Betty and Linda - but only if they're interested. I would hate be pushy and insist that they play...

Because that would just be weird.


Mom Thumb said...

Oh, lordy, how am I going to think of six weird things about myself? Guess I'll have to ask my husband. He probably keeps a list somewhere.

Mooselet said...

Wow, you really are a freak of nature... I knew there was a reason I liked you.

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

linda - That's what a good spouse will do!

mooselet - My momma always told me I was "special."

Heather said...

Wow, you're weirder than I thought. Eye clicking? That kind of grosses me out.

Craig sticks things in his ears to make the kids laugh.

Not a bubble gum chewer here.

Always a good idea to ask the spouse for weird things about yourself. I chose to live in ignorant bliss about the weird things about me that Craig knows.

wayabetty said...

I'm puking up my dinner as we speak just imaging that pocket of meat in your tooth. That's just waaay too gross. AND the clicking thing, OUCH! As for chewing gum, I thought you quit after seeing yourself chew "like a cow" (your words) on tv during Austin's interview?

Thanks for tagging me, but I've been tagged by 5 other people with the same meme and I've been avoiding it like a plaque. I mean, I did ask my hubbie what's weird about me but he couldn't come up with anything either. I guess I'm pretty boring.

Jennine said...

You know...the Ferengi have a thing about ears, too.

But you're too tall to be part Ferengi.

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

heather - I stick things in my ears to freak out my wife. Bwahahahah!

betty - I only quit chewing gum - in public. I still gotta chomp in private though.

jennine - I'll have to brush up on my Ferengi customs. It's been a long time since I saw an episode of ST-NG!

Kelly said...

Umm wow some of those are strange things.

I had no clue sunlight made people sneeze. I my friend and a chomper of gum myself. I bug my hubby when I pop bubbles over and over again.I tend to do that if I am nervous or what not.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure I'm weirder but weirdly, I don't care. Hah, I've already done this one so I'll post a link to my prior answers because I haven't gotten any weirder lately, I don't think.

By the way, I'm right there with you with the sneezing fits. I've had strangers inquire about it.

Anonymous said...

Sneezing is caused by irritation to the nasal passages. Once your nose hair gets long enough to tickle the other side, you sneeze. I think half the people in this country could throw away their allergy medicine, if they would just trim their nose hair.

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

rick - That makes total sense. Every time I step out into the sun, one of my nose hairs suddenly grows really long and tickles this inside of my nose! I can't believe I never thought of that.

but Momma said...

Melee' has always folded and tortured his ears. They're much more pliable and limber than the rest of the families.

Yes, definetly wierd.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Your wife is right. Number four is weird.

But cute. :)

Jenn said...

I'm late to the party. I always am, so don't feel weird about it...har har!!

Anonymous said...

You are right when you say that a lot of people sneeze when they look at the sun, though the actual percentage is contested.

A group of photic sneezers has put together a site on the subject :

Of those who experience photic sneezing, the reflex is usually exhausted after three sneezes, but sentive individuals can have more, as I often do, but no where near 50!