Idiosyncratic routines and other minor annoyances

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    So, we're all (to some varying degree) creatures of habit right?
    While i'd like to think of myself as spontaneous, flighty and somewhat unpredictable, (all adding to my 'imagined' mystique) the reality is that i couldn't be any less like those traits if i tried.

    My friends that know me well, can all attest to my inability to be on time for anything, although i have improved on my +/- 1 hour-and-a-half latecoming to about 30 mins.
    They are all well aware of my 'love affair' with cereals (i'd far rather eat a bowl of cereal than a cooked meal) which they attribute to laziness.
    My obsession with watching the same movies, shows and series ad nauseum. (i also irritate them by skipping to favorite scenes with amazing dialogue)
    My radio station channel hopping. (i'm just looking for a song that i like) My habit of dunking/dipping most edible or 'foodey' things into hot drinks (tea, coffee, hot chocolate etc...i know, i know, it's just poor breeding:wink:) and my narcissistic obsession with just "fixing myself" quickly before going out (inordinate amounts of time staring at myself in the mirror without actually doing anything substantially different.:biggrin1:).

    But i think i have a few good points.
    I always squeeze the toothpaste tube from the bottom.
    I put the seat up before taking a leak...and put it down after (i grew up with a single mom and two sisters...'back-of-head' slapping was a national past-time for them) and i always offer to make (a great) cup of tea when making for myself (you'd be surprised at how many people just don't offer).

    But when thinking about certain of these 'quirks', 'foibles' and habits, probably best described as routines, i wondered just how dull life would be without a few minor annoyances to remember people by.

    I often recall a certain friend who was incredibly O.C.D about the toilet paper being attached in such a way as to pull the sheets from 'under' as opposed to 'over'. I would often change the rolls in his house to his horror and often got asked to "stop fucking with the system" much to my amusement.
    Another friend of mine almost always decided on clipping his toenails while we were watching DVD's and then proceeded to gather and scoop up the little 'nail shootings' pile from the couch and throw it out the window. (so wrong!)
    Someone else i know had the weirdest 'technique' of making tea by adding milk to the cup with the teabag in and then the boiled water... this is just sacrilege! (A good cup of tea is an art....not for any old "oaf" to attempt).
    Another friend who ALWAYS squeezed the toothpaste tube from the bottom often suffered my righteous indignation as a result.

    And yet, these are often the fondest memories i have of friends and family, past and present. The kinds of memories that make me laugh when thinking back and re-calling the really simple kinds of 'drama' that they brought to my life.

    So what are your (if any) habits good or bad, foibles, quirks, idiosyncracies that you know might rub certain people up the wrong way, or cause you to be remembered for them, more often than not with lingering fondness?
    (BTW, i also steal biscuits from people's jars..... you could leave money's in the 1000's lying around and i'd turn my nose up at it, but a cookie jar full of cookie goodness is beyond my ability to resist temptation)
     
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    That toilet paper thing would have bugged me too. I have to have the paper pulled under not over, just doesn't feel or look right otherwise.

    Other than that, i don't believe i have any foibles etc.

    (i think i could handle all yours) ;)
     
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    You don't have the cookie credentials.... and cereal wise, i'd eat you out of house and home.:tongue:

    (Good to see you back by the way:smile:)
     
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    It's Witch's fault! She keeps letting Hickboy get his mitts on them.
     
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    You know Titan dunking things in your hot beverage isn't bad breeding in Spain, in fact it's almost bad manners not to. ;)
     
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    ay dios mio...well color me 'Esteban Titan Perez'
     
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    This actually reminds me of something which i do that DOES seem to irk everyone i know. I burp a hell of a lot in front of people and dont think anything of it, i always say 'would you prefer the other end?' whenever anyone pulls me up about it, but there IS a country in the world where it is considered polite and a compliment, i just can't remember which country that is.
     
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    Here's an oldie but a goodie!!! Removing the freshly trimmed/shaved pubic hairs (all matted and tangled into a delightful hair-ball) from a bath plug hole or shower drain after someone has unceremoniusly (and 'conveniently') forgotten said offensive article behind.
    This is made even more interesting when one such pube-ball is congealed and coagulated with the ejaculant of a freshly shaven and obviously over-excited youth...
    (*note to self* never agree to share a ridiculously over-priced apartment with 3 other guys...no matter how cute.)
     
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    Wow. It's all true!

    File this under "Rarely discussed rites of passage [males]"
     
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    Such detail! :tongue: I have a sneeking feeling you almost enjoyed that little moment! :eek::biggrin1:
     
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    I have a super sensitive olfactory system...that i love giving a good sniff work out, but in all honesty, i had to give this a miss.......:rolleyes:
     
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    Turkey as far as i know....but i wouldn't set the benchmark for 'good manners' on anything the Turks adhere to.:biggrin1:
     
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    Oi! Don't let Vince hear you say that you cheeky bugger! I'll have you know the Turks are a delightfully cultured and sophisticated people actually! :wink: One of my aunties if Turkish.... :redface:
     
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    In Turkey, a few years back, my cookie-stealing, might have been met with
    :hitwithrock:....(really tried to find a hand-severing emoticon, but just couldn't....OH MIGHTY MODS ON UP HIGH, PLEASE ADD HAND-SEVERING EMOTICON....ACCEPT THIS MY HUMBLE REQUEST FROM A LOWLY ACOLYTE....:bowdown:)
     
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    Really? :confused: Well I know capital punishment has been illegal since the 80's in Turkey - Capital punishment in Turkey - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    And I don't think penal corporal punishment is legal - Global Progress

    Mind you Hanging was legal in Britain till the 60's and we all know the situation in the states.

    But this has become a threadjack, mucho apologies ;)
     
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    As punishment for your "attempted" threadjack...you are hereby held under duress to divulge your most annoying "Oh-my-god-i-just-wanna-slap-you-now" habit....do be honest Hilly my boy:biggrin1:
     
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    OK well I tap out rhythms and whistle and sing phrases from songs over and over and over till they hurt your ears and people want to slap me. It's a nervous energy thing a bit like a tick. I'm told I talk too loudly at airports and on planes. I'm obsessively attentive to my appearance.... I could go on. LOL
     
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    hey! .. I put out the Hickboy traps but the rascal slips by them ... maybe if I bait them with porn I would have better luck.:rolleyes:

    my family finds my habit of looking out the windows to see what is going on with the world "nosy".......... having the police pass by with guns drawn one morning was interesting to say the least:eek:

    also slattering my brownies with 1/4 in. butter is something only an insane heathen would do:biggrin1:
     
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    I am OCD about being punctual; I was taught that it showed respect for the people you are meeting. The only other thing that springs to mind is I eat chocolate whenever I have a beer.
    ^But I'll have to try that butter on the brownie thing it sounds good!
     
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    I think people who live on their own are more prone to idiosyncrasies than coupled folks just because singles can preserve their personal patterns more easily. The more people you have in your life, the harder it is to maintain patterns, in my opinion. None of mine cause angst in others, unless they live with me and my habits conflict with theirs.

    A few of my idios in the context of the OP:

    • I try to be on time...I once heard that being late shows a lack of respectful for other people's time...ever since I break a leg to be respectful of other folks time.
    • Because I think cereal is good for me (better than a pastry or eggs/butter/bacon), and I like the taste (I love Honey Bunches of Oats), so I try to eat it every day that I don't have regular breakfast in a restaurant with my dad.
    • I too tend to watch the same favorite shows and movies over and over. I can watch my favorites over and over without protest.
    • I always squeeze the toothpaste from the bottom.
    • I always leave the toilet seat up (women rarely ever shared my bathroom).
    • I always thread the toilet paper so it hangs over the top for easy grabbing.
    A few others that might annoy:

    • Since high school, I always brush my teeth before I shower, and always shave after my shower...and that annoys no one unless they are offended by my doing both naked, which I do.
    • I like a kind of cookie sold here in the states called a Milano Mint, but I limit myself to only 5 per day, otherwise I would eat a whole bag of 15 at one time. This annoys people who demand cookie variety.
    • I try to eat spaghetti at least once a week. I never make my own sauce...just jar-sauce...but that's been a tradition of mine since college. It annoys those who demand made-from-scratch sauce.
     
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