Thursday, April 24, 2008

8 Random Things About Me

I was tagged by Drowsey Monkey recently to participate in a meme that's been around in one form or another for quite a while now - write 8 random things about yourself.

Over the last 2 1/2 years I've done variations on this theme... unimportant things, weird things, smelly things - so it's quite likely you may have seen some of these answers before. But hey, what can I say - there's a limit to the number of interesting things about me. Who knew?

These 8 things tend to lean more to the "odd" category than "random," but that's what I feel like writing about today.

1. I can't use an extension cord if there's a knot in it
For reals. No matter how long the cord, no matter how messed up it is or how simple the knot is, I have to untangle it before I can plug it in.

2. Given a full plate of food, I'll always eat my veggies first
I think I just like to get them out of the way.

3. If I'm holding a clothes pin, I'll clip it to various parts of my head - such as my ears, my eyebrows or my chin
Must have something to do with tactile stimulation, but I actually enjoy the feeling of having a clothes pin clipped to my skin. This is probably the single thing that freaks my wife out the most.

4. I have 2 piercings in my left ear
Leftover from the 80's. The holes are still open and occasionally I'll put a small diamond stud in the bottom one when I'm doing a gig. I would have thought that the holes would have closed up after all these years but they really haven't. A good thing to remind your kids before they decide it's cool to put holes all over their faces.


5. I love braunschweiger and pickle sandwiches
Mmmm. Nothing says delicious like liverwurst!



6. The blinker in my car is a metronome to me
When sitting at an intersection with my blinker on, I HAVE to bang out a counter-rhythm on the steering wheel to the steady beat of the blinker. It's not optional.

7. According to my wife, my legs run like a dog when I'm sleeping
Hmmm, RLS or leftover habits from my previous life as a Labrador retriever?

8. I don't eat for the first time every day until noon
I'm just not hungry when I wake up in the morning. But once I get to the office, I have a cup of coffee first thing, followed by another one at 11:00. You could set your watch by it.

Feel free to post your own version of this one if you want. I'm not much of a tagger so if you want it... it's yours!

32 comments:

cathouse teri said...

Those are just darling answers! I must say!

rick said...

I wonder if your craving for clothes pins comes from the clothes pins wars we had when we were kids?

April said...

OK, I'm with you on not being able to eat before noon, but only 2 cups of coffee?!? By 11, I think I'm on my 4th!

VE said...

That clothes pin thing...sounds like an attachment disorder. Ask your doctor if pills may be right for you...

Heather said...

Egad. I have some of those same habits. (not eating before noon...well it's more like 11, but close enough)

My husband does a lot of twitching in his sleep too. I have actually started to wonder if it's RLS too.

I eat veggies first too, because I like to leave the best tasting thing for last, and let's face it, it's not the veggies.

Braunschweiger though? Yech. And I'm even pregnant and supposed to crave weird things. What's your excuse?

Jeff said...

teri - Of course... darling answers from a darling blogger. Or not.

rick - Could be. I used to line them up on my ears so I had plenty of ammo at the ready.

april - I really can't handle more than a few cups of coffee in the morning. I'm already jittery enough as it is without it.

ve - Attachment disorder is probably it. My parents kept me locked in the laundry room my entire childhood.

heather - Imagine what I'd eat if I was pregnant?

Groovy Mom said...

Hey, thanks for ordering up nice weather for my trip to MN. It got up to 80 degrees where I was for a bit on Sunday! It was in the 70's on Saturday.

Gette said...

I'm with you on the braunschweiger. Usually with miracle whip or mustard. I'll have to give the pickles a try...

Bee Repartee said...

You do laps when you are sleeping? hehe..Hubby does that, too. I have to wake him up cause he's bookin in his sleep and I'm getting kicked in the knees.

Next car I buy I'm buying a build in keyboard on the dash but there is nothing like a good air guitar to Stevie Ray Vaughn in the middle of rush hour.

Brunette said...

Lol. #1, extension cord knots, and #2, eating veggies first - both are so totally me! But the Braunschweiger, um, WHY?

Jeff said...

groovy mom - Yeah, but you took it back with you. We're getting snow again this weekend!

gette - Yes, there has to be mayo on it too, and mustard is a bonus!

bee - I play keyboard riffs on the dash too. It's the only way to keep your sanity during traffic jams.

brunette - Because... that's why.

Alice said...

I'm gonna go with the whole clothes-pin-on-the-face thing is probably your inner-BDSM trying to break out.

Now see if it's still freaking your wife out. ; )

Karen MEG said...

That clothes pin thing is pretty scary, I agree with your wife ;).
I think those piercings are cool... in moderation, of course. I am terrified of what ideas my kids will come home with when they're teens!

great 8 Jeff!

Michelle said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one. I was trying to figure out what was weird about untangling an extension cord. How can anyone use it when it's tangled?

I love the blogging world for the simple fact that it ensures that I'm not the only one who X.

PG said...

yup, I am pretty sure you are in desperate need of heavy medication!

FWIW, been reading - but been lazy too. Haven't gotten out from the cozy confines of Google Reader much.

Corrina said...

LOL! I love that you put your clothes pins on your head and face... I can just picture it.

And I don't eat before noon either! Nice to know there are other late eaters out there too. :-)

Marie said...

I have several piercings in both my ears, but only use the bottom-most ones these days. The others have closed up. And I might go months in between wearing earrings at all, and then I have to force them through because they've begun to heal over.

Durblady said...

Mmmmmmm - Braunschweiger on toast is one of my favorites (but I only allow myself to eat it about once per year!). It is also fabulous with crushed pistachios in it.

Julie Pippert said...

Hey interesting, my extra holes from the 80s closed up.

Aren't you *supposed* to untangle cords?? I prefer tying them so there is no loose part, too.

I eat veggies first too, but that's a Weight Watchers training tip. So I've been trained to do it.

Jeff said...

alice - You busted me. I've asked her to tie me up and torture me with clothes pins, but she won't have anything to do with it. Go figure.

karen - The piercings of today are insane. Why would you want to have a stud through your lip? Oh wait, I'm the guy who likes to hang clothes pins off his face. Nevermind.

michelle - I think my neurosis lies in the fact that if it even has one simple little loop in it, I have to undo it first. Some people might consider that OCD.

pg - No worries, I'm the same way with most blogs these days - including yours. Enjoying the reads, but too busy to stop by and say so. *sigh*

corrina - Of course I eat like a pig at supper time. So there's that.

marie - Mine are probably still open due to the 10 pound metal rock star earrings I used to wear in the 80s. My friends used to say, "those are gonna leave a mark!" They were right.

durblady - Hey, why did you tell me you started a blog?! Sweet! I'll be right over!

julie - I think I mostly like to eat veggies first because I like the idea of saving the entree for last. Plus, veggies get cold too fast so I like to eat em while they're still hot. And when you put butter on them like I do... cold butter veggies = yuck!

John said...

I'm pretty much the same on 1 and 2...

"Oh sure it won't matter," I say, "but I won't be there to wear my I TOLD YOU SO t-shirt when the knotted cord has freaked out, overheated and exploded, will I?"

Although... I've been making some pretty tasty vegetable dishes lately, and am now lingering over some seriously cool vegetable stuff.

Michelle said...

Jeff, if untying every loop makes you OCD, that means I have to be OCD, too, and I can't be OCD. I just can't.

Durblady said...

Thanks for the return message, Jeff. I'm working on the blogging thing - not very consistent yet in posting or content but I'm sure it will come (just hopefully not to the point of "consumed!" And, I didn't tell you because I'm not convinced it's ready for reader consumption yet! :)

Kathy said...

I now hold you completely responsible for giving me a new thing I have to do - tapping along with my blinker in the car. Started this morning, did it on the way home and now I have a problem. Thanks. Thanks a lot.

Jess Riley said...

Yes--i would like to second cathouse teri's comment. How darling are these answers?!?!

#3, however? That's just a little...weird.

Don't worry, we still like you.

Drowsey Monkey said...

The clothes pins and the leg thing is a little odd. I have a weird imagination so the clothes pin thing is kinda freaky to be honest. I think I saw a show about that on Showtime or something, LOL.

Anonymous said...

Don"t eat the liverwurst, it"s been here since October 1st. Don"t eat the liverwurst--famous song from the 40"s. It is made from liver, high in fat, cholesterol and sodium. - Bill

JD at I Do Things said...

"Cold butter vegetables--yuck!"

I agree, tho I like to mix my vegetables in with everything else. Peas and mashed potatoes, spinach and salmon, carrots and rice = yum!

Also yum? Braunschweiger! I love it. It's a guilty pleasure. I was shopping with a friend who wanted to get some pate. The pate reminded me of braunschweiger, so I promptly grabbed a tube. I think she was disgusted.

JD at I Do Things

The Chick said...

I like the idea of you running like a dog in your sleep. Too cute.

G said...

Now I've got that metronome thing in my head - damn you! Of course you had ear piercings to go with the hair.

Karl said...

Weird, I do the same thing with clothespins. I'll watch TV and play with the darn things constantly.

Ed (zoesdad) said...

I hear you on the metronome blinker syndrome. Unfortunately, I am not that rythmically inclined and I just tap to the beat.