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Originalbob
05-10-2012, 02:27 AM
Do you have a habit that requires extensive overseeing every detail? Maybe a quality that got you dumped (i.e. Looking at each piece of popcorn you eat before finally enjoying). When you witness someone else disturbing one of your obsessions, your eyes dialate and you go into "maniac/fix-it mode". Pictures are always welcome.

I am fanatic about the way my towels are folded. Hamburger style once, followed by the same directional fold, then finally fold over. This way, the towel band at the ends is in sight and aesthetically appealing, so it looks like this:
http://thepeacefulhousewife.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/towel-140212227.jpg

Originalbob
05-10-2012, 02:40 AM
Oh, I also HATE filthy floorboards, especially in my bathrooms. GAH I usually try not to nag about this, if ever, so instead I handle it myself.
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gaypalmsprings
05-10-2012, 04:38 AM
http://gifsoup.com/webroot/animatedgifs/155943_o.gif

malcolmjamalawesome
05-10-2012, 04:44 AM
There's already a Boring Shit About Your Life thread.

Grandma
05-10-2012, 06:25 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJNJkKQ8GI4

sonofhal
05-10-2012, 06:46 AM
You can come over and clean my floorboards if you wish.

locachica73
05-10-2012, 06:50 AM
OBob, you would get along great with my sister and mother. I purposely fold my towels all wonky just as a rebellion to my teen years.

PlayaDelWes
05-10-2012, 06:52 AM
What's so annoying about being clean and organized?

Cheddar's Cousin
05-10-2012, 06:54 AM
All the bills in my wallet need to face the same way and must be in order from smallest denomination to largest.

Neighborhood Creep
05-10-2012, 06:55 AM
Come clean my house, you bitch

locachica73
05-10-2012, 07:02 AM
All the bills in my wallet need to face the same way and must be in order from smallest denomination to largest.

I do this too.

I can't stand beds with sheets/blankets tucked in, so whenever I travel the first thing I do is untuck the bedding of the hotel beds.

algunz
05-10-2012, 07:03 AM
Whenever I buy gas, the cost has to end in a 0 or a 5.

Robin
05-10-2012, 07:13 AM
Whenever I buy gas, the cost has to end in a 0 or a 5.

The volume on my car radio always has to be on an increment of 5.

JustSteve
05-10-2012, 07:16 AM
I do this too.

I can't stand beds with sheets/blankets tucked in, so whenever I travel the first thing I do is untuck the bedding of the hotel beds.

first thing i do is rip off the semen covered bedspread and throw it on the floor.

JustSteve
05-10-2012, 07:17 AM
Whenever I buy gas, the cost has to end in a 0 or a 5.

my dad taught me to try to always end on the same number like that so you know if someone else is using your card, etc.

locachica73
05-10-2012, 07:18 AM
Ew. I try not to think of that, in my happy little world they use brand new sheets whenever someone checks out. I like the color of the sky in my world, stop trying to fuck it up.

algunz
05-10-2012, 07:18 AM
The volume on my car radio always has to be on an increment of 5.

My volume has to be an odd number.

I also count crows and am extremely bothered by groups of 3.

algunz
05-10-2012, 07:19 AM
Thank you Steve, now I have a legitimate excuse for my odd habit.

mountmccabe
05-10-2012, 07:21 AM
What's so annoying about being clean and organized?

It's the insistence on it that is more likely to get annoying.

Like I don't care how anyone else folds their towels - for example - but if someone gets upset at me when I don't fold towels that way....

Robin
05-10-2012, 07:22 AM
If I'm out drinking, doesn't matter if it's a friend's place or the pub, at a certain level of buzzness, I start cleaning.
I, actually, cleaned someone's bathroom once.

Neighborhood Creep
05-10-2012, 07:27 AM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2311/1751236789_12f7b7ad4b.jpg

Originalbob
05-10-2012, 07:44 AM
All the bills in my wallet need to face the same way and must be in order from smallest denomination to largest.

I've only recently started doing this due to my previous cash handling job. My horrible bitch of a boss threatened a write up if we didn't face every bill.

locachica73
05-10-2012, 07:48 AM
I've only recently started doing this due to my previous cash handling job. My horrible bitch of a boss threatened a write up if we didn't face every bill.

When I was little my mom ran a bar and had to close every night, one of my fond memories from childhood was in the summertime getting to go help her close the bar after everyone left and count all the money they made that night. She made us put all the money in the same direction before getting it ready for her to deposit. I have done this ever since.

JustSteve
05-10-2012, 07:49 AM
Ew. I try not to think of that, in my happy little world they use brand new sheets whenever someone checks out. I like the color of the sky in my world, stop trying to fuck it up.

sheets they change, comforter usually not.

JustSteve
05-10-2012, 07:50 AM
It's the insistence on it that is more likely to get annoying.

Like I don't care how anyone else folds their towels - for example - but if someone gets upset at me when I don't fold towels that way....

get in this argument with my dad all the time, he is so stubborn. tell him just because i am not doing it his way it does not mean i am doing it the wrong way.

JustSteve
05-10-2012, 07:51 AM
I've actually picked this one up from Miroir Noir: wiping the stereo display of dust whenever in my car, depending if I can see the dust.

i keep a swiffer in my center console. don't use it every time, though.

Miroir Noir
05-10-2012, 07:54 AM
So at least one of my several dozen OCD-lite behaviors isn't annoying!

locachica73
05-10-2012, 07:54 AM
Whenever my boyfriend gets in the car to drive he has to knock on the steering wheel 3 times, if the knock doesn't go "correctly" he has to start over. If at any point during the drive he thinks about an accident or getting pulled over he starts all over. He does it very secretly though and it took 2 years of dating before I finally picked up on it. I have now taken on the habit.

TomAz
05-10-2012, 07:59 AM
http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/cooking-with-the-anal-rententive-chef/2867

Somewhat Damaged
05-10-2012, 08:01 AM
The volume on my car radio always has to be on an increment of 5.

Kind of the same here, and on the TV especially. I've even managed to get Jen to adhere to it when I'm not around. Sometimes she'll try to stop the volume at, say, 24 and I'll just have to glance over and she knows she done fucked up.

My numbering is a little flexible, though. If 15 is too low in my car, but 20 is too high, 17 is acceptable (even though 18 should be, because 17.5 would round up to 18 and 18 is the last even number of the teens). Maybe it's something to do with the 7. In the 20s, 22 is fine because it's a palindrome number, and 23 is fine for the same reason 18 would be (22.5 rounding up). But although 22 is fine, 11 isn't. It's got to be either 10 or 13.

It's all very elaborate and long thought about.

TomAz
05-10-2012, 08:02 AM
I am fanatic about the way my towels are folded. Hamburger style once, followed by the same directional fold, then finally fold over. This way, the towel band at the ends is in sight and aesthetically appealing,

This is flat out crazy loony bizarre behavior.



All the bills in my wallet need to face the same way and must be in order from smallest denomination to largest.

This makes absolutely perfect sense to me. Doesn't everyone do this?

Originalbob
05-10-2012, 08:05 AM
Noir, this thread wasn't intended to insinuate your strange habits, just generalized odd behavior is all.

I USED to only fill the utensil tray in the dishwasher, left to right, one at a time and aimed for same amount of silverware in every container. If someone put their dishes away and the silverware was placed out of order, I would get very agitated! If it got messed up enough or I was so easily annoyed, I would start all over again. I stopped doing it after my son was born. Realized I was wastingtime and it wasn't worth the stress--now I go for the faster the better.

PlayaDelWes
05-10-2012, 08:07 AM
All my (an my team's) Excel worksheets must have an unused 10 pixel tall row in row 1 and 10 pixel wide column in column A. Once the worksheet is complete, gridlines shall be hid.

...and yes, everyone should do doing the bill thing.

Robin
05-10-2012, 08:17 AM
Kind of the same here, and on the TV especially. I've even managed to get Jen to adhere to it when I'm not around. Sometimes she'll try to stop the volume at, say, 24 and I'll just have to glance over and she knows she done fucked up.

My numbering is a little flexible, though. If 15 is too low in my car, but 20 is too high, 17 is acceptable (even though 18 should be, because 17.5 would round up to 18 and 18 is the last even number of the teens). Maybe it's something to do with the 7. In the 20s, 22 is fine because it's a palindrome number, and 23 is fine for the same reason 18 would be (22.5 rounding up). But although 22 is fine, 11 isn't. It's got to be either 10 or 13.

It's all very elaborate and long thought about.
Hahah! I really don't have a long thought out explanation for why I do this to my radio. I've been getting out of the "5" thing because my new car's system is sensitive. I try to leave the volume at 10, but if I want to turn it up a little, it would either have to be 12 or 15. After 15, it must stay at an increment of 5.

heart cooks brain
05-10-2012, 08:20 AM
http://i47.tinypic.com/2exvc6q.jpg

amyzzz
05-10-2012, 08:49 AM
Can I invite some of you over to clean my house? I don't mind if you "fix" the vloume settings or towels while you're at it. I'm a slob and wish I was a bit OCD. Not OCD at all. I do like the number 5 though.

marooko
05-10-2012, 09:12 AM
Odd numbers not in increments of five can go directly to hell. And to hell with your god as well, even numbers are the only way to salvation. Other than 5, as previously mentioned.

mountmccabe
05-10-2012, 09:17 AM
All the bills in my wallet need to face the same way and must be in order from smallest denomination to largest.


This makes absolutely perfect sense to me. Doesn't everyone do this?

I tend to sort my bills in order with largest denominations at the back... but it doesn't bother me the slightest bit if they are out of order. And I hardly pay attention to the way the bills face.



All my (an my team's) Excel worksheets must have an unused 10 pixel tall row in row 1 and 10 pixel wide column in column A.

I like freezing panes too much to do that.

PlayaDelWes
05-10-2012, 09:25 AM
I like freezing panes too much to do that.
You can still freeze panes all day long. I do it because you can't see border formatting on the top of the top row and left of the left column in Excel without doing print-preview. I used to add a similar column and row at the right and bottom of all my sheets and hide all unused columns and rows, but that was pretty anal and crashed excel more than you'd think.

ENluv12
05-10-2012, 10:14 AM
This is nothing I do, but really bothers me. When I see random numbers it drives me nuts. I.E. there is a store here that says the capacity is 132. It bothers me that is isn't 130.

locachica73
05-10-2012, 10:15 AM
You can still freeze panes all day long. I do it because you can't see border formatting on the top of the top row and left of the left column in Excel without doing print-preview. I used to add a similar column and row at the right and bottom of all my sheets and hide all unused columns and rows, but that was pretty anal and crashed excel more than you'd think.

You now have me convinced that I should start doing this.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
05-10-2012, 10:45 AM
The volume numbering thing is so confusing to me. Why do you people not just set it to where it sounds like what you want?

TomAz
05-10-2012, 10:49 AM
This one goes to 11.

ENluv12
05-10-2012, 10:50 AM
This one goes to 11.

You are my new favorite person. I quote that all the time and everyone looks at me with a blank stare.

algunz
05-10-2012, 10:51 AM
This one can't be played.

Somewhat Damaged
05-10-2012, 11:17 AM
The volume numbering thing is so confusing to me. Why do you people not just set it to where it sounds like what you want?

TV shows can sound perfectly fine at a volume of 15, but once a commercial comes on, it can sound like the volume got turned up to 25, necessitating a reduction in the volume so that the TV isn't too loud. Or a show on one channel can sound fine at a certain volume, then you change the channel to another show that is too low at that same volume level. Same thing with the radio (namely CDs or MP3s streaming on my iPhone). Considering what you do for work, I'm surprised you would ask this question. Not everything is recorded or broadcast at the same level of volume.

Robin
05-10-2012, 11:19 AM
Can I invite some of you over to clean my house? I don't mind if you "fix" the vloume settings or towels while you're at it. I'm a slob and wish I was a bit OCD. Not OCD at all. I do like the number 5 though.

Sure! Just get me a 6-pack and cleaning supplies.

ENluv12
05-10-2012, 11:19 AM
I have to agree. I always mute the TV when commercials come on, I don't like the feeling that someone is yelling at me.

ENluv12
05-10-2012, 11:19 AM
Sure! Just get me a 6-pack and cleaning supplies.

Can I be second in line?

algunz
05-10-2012, 11:26 AM
TV shows can sound perfectly fine at a volume of 15, but once a commercial comes on, it can sound like the volume got turned up to 25, necessitating a reduction in the volume so that the TV isn't too loud. Or a show on one channel can sound fine at a certain volume, then you change the channel to another show that is too low at that same volume level. Same thing with the radio (namely CDs or MP3s streaming on my iPhone). Considering what you do for work, I'm surprised you would ask this question. Not everything is recorded or broadcast at the same level of volume.

I don't think that was what Drinkey was asking. It's the need to adjust the volume to a specific number. Why would you do that at any level?

I don't have an explanation. I just know if I notice that the number is even I will feel compelled to turn it up or down even just one number to make the number odd.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
05-10-2012, 11:28 AM
Right, I don't even look at whatever number a certain appliance has given out for volume, i play it by ear.

mountmccabe
05-10-2012, 11:29 AM
But the question is still weird. Why do you like that shade of green? Why is _______ so much more important to you than to most people? It is often just how people are.

marooko
05-10-2012, 11:32 AM
Sure! Just get me a 6-pack and cleaning supplies.

What is your preference in beer?

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
05-10-2012, 11:32 AM
Yes, that's true. It's still really confusing to me.

EDIT: in response to john.

guedita
05-10-2012, 11:33 AM
I have to touch my nose to any item of food before I eat it for 7 seconds and preferably it has to be on the plate I'm going to eat it off of (so that my hands don't have to touch the food).

TomAz
05-10-2012, 11:46 AM
TV shows can sound perfectly fine at a volume of 15, but once a commercial comes on, it can sound like the volume got turned up to 25, necessitating a reduction in the volume so that the TV isn't too loud. Or a show on one channel can sound fine at a certain volume, then you change the channel to another show that is too low at that same volume level. Same thing with the radio (namely CDs or MP3s streaming on my iPhone). Considering what you do for work, I'm surprised you would ask this question. Not everything is recorded or broadcast at the same level of volume.

This is one reason why my TV volume is almost always at 0.

guedita
05-10-2012, 11:46 AM
When I refill the ice trays, I do it by spoon.

Cheddar's Cousin
05-10-2012, 11:47 AM
This one goes to 11.


You are my new favorite person. I quote that all the time and everyone looks at me with a blank stare.

I would not associate with anyone who did not recognize this quote immediately.

Neighborhood Creep
05-10-2012, 11:58 AM
When walking if I accidentally drag one of my feet I do it to the other one on purpose to even it out.

Mugwog
05-10-2012, 12:20 PM
I require clean bongs for smoking. I will throw away a bowl to make a point of "you're wasting good pot by smoking it thru this filthy bong". People should clean the tools they use daily.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
05-10-2012, 12:22 PM
Always use a fresh cum box.

Mugwog
05-10-2012, 01:03 PM
Neatly fold your cum rag after disposing of your unwanted genes.

Originalbob
05-10-2012, 01:52 PM
I apparently have a lot more than I ever expected.

Whenever I'm a passenger in vehicle and not occupied by anything else, I tend to tap my toes in sync with the road lines as they meet the front end of the vehicle. Sort of like a Morse Code but for no apparent reason whatsoever. So, let's say if there is a solid line on the left hand side, I hold my left foot down. Whenever there is a turn off, I lift my foot up until there is another line. This has proved to challenge my feet to different alternating patterns. I've done this ever since I can remember--guess it's my way of tapping my feet out of boredom.

EDIT: Fuck you autocorrect! fixed

JustSteve
05-10-2012, 01:56 PM
Morris Code

Robin
05-10-2012, 01:57 PM
Zack Morris?

ENluv12
05-10-2012, 01:57 PM
I apparently have a lot more than I ever expected.

Whenever I'm a passenger in vehicle and not occupied by anything else, I tend to tap my toes in sync with the road lines as they meet the front end of the vehicle. Sort of like a Morris Code but for no apparent reason whatsoever. So, let's say if there is a solid line on the left hand side, I hold my left foot down. Whenever there is a turn off, I lift my foot up until there is another line. This has proved to challenge my feet to different alternating patterns. I've done this ever since I can remember--guess it's my way of tapping my feet out of boredom.

OMG ME TOO! I have done that since I was a little kid.

PlayaDelWes
05-10-2012, 01:58 PM
http://www.onlinetalent.com/images/Morris_Day_And_The_Time_Pic.jpg

Mugwog
05-10-2012, 01:58 PM
Morris Code

http://content.lib.washington.edu/cgi-bin/getimage.exe?CISOROOT=/imlsmohai&CISOPTR=2828&DMSCALE=100.00000&DMWIDTH=700&DMHEIGHT=533.75&DMX=0&DMY=0&DMTEXT=&REC=1&DMTHUMB=0&DMROTATE=0

TomAz
05-10-2012, 02:02 PM
This seems appropriate in here:


Next up: wadder or folder?

bmack86
05-10-2012, 02:09 PM
Folder, thanks to that thread. More economic.

amyzzz
05-10-2012, 02:13 PM
Folder, because wadding makes it too bumpy and hurts my hiney.

Goatchella
05-10-2012, 02:16 PM
I go out of my way to do things different and backwards 100% of the time.

algunz
05-10-2012, 02:18 PM
I wad.

Goatchella
05-10-2012, 02:24 PM
i use like half a roll...wad status

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
05-10-2012, 03:36 PM
I just use my hands

TomAz
05-10-2012, 03:38 PM
I didn't realize you were Asian.

DFrank
05-10-2012, 03:57 PM
But i'm different too! Look!

fatbastard
05-10-2012, 04:33 PM
I enjoy discussing processes in detail.

gaypalmsprings
05-10-2012, 04:37 PM
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_17d_e6PQJ18/TQ5a1gulnnI/AAAAAAAAAB4/cQ_eeCjtaV8/s1600/6a00e553aae600883301156f409123970c-800wi.jpg

Somewhat Damaged
05-10-2012, 07:58 PM
I don't think that was what Drinkey was asking. It's the need to adjust the volume to a specific number. Why would you do that at any level?

I don't have an explanation. I just know if I notice that the number is even I will feel compelled to turn it up or down even just one number to make the number odd.


Right, I don't even look at whatever number a certain appliance has given out for volume, i play it by ear.

I kind of figured that after re-reading his & my posts, but I had to get to a meeting & didn't feel like editing myself to account for that potential. In any event, I do play it by ear to a certain degree, then increase/decrease to get to my desired number from there. If 15 isn't loud enough, I increase it to 20, and if that isn't loud enough, etc. I'm more obsessed with the number than how loud it is; 19 may be the perfect volume for "The Daily Show" but I'll never know it because I spend zero time at that level in ratcheting up the volume to 20.

RedHotSgtPeppers
05-10-2012, 09:15 PM
I HAVE to put my left sock on first, then my right, then my left shoe on before my right. I don't know why, I just can't do it any other way.

I also wash myself in the shower the exact same way every time, in the same order, otherwise it throws me off.

I have to flick the ash off my cigarette or cigar after I take a draw every time.

I have to put in my left contact lense in before my right.

I have to put my money in my wallet securely before I walk away from the register, even if that means making people behind me wait until I'm done.

I won't send a text to anyone if I'm too drunk to be grammatically correct.

Neighborhood Creep
05-10-2012, 09:21 PM
I won't send a text to anyone if I'm too drunk to be grammatically correct.

I wish I could say the same, ugh.

RotationSlimWang
05-11-2012, 12:57 AM
You are my new favorite person. I quote that all the time and everyone looks at me with a blank stare.

Seriously? It's one of the most over-referenced lines in all of "comedy." Maybe they're just looking at you with what appears to be a blank stare when really they're thinking, "Holy shit, did that guy just quote the one line people ALWAYS quote from that overrated piece of shit and expect us to chuckle like we appreciate his contribution?"

locachica73
05-11-2012, 06:18 AM
I had to google the quote because I had no clue where it came from... Come to find out it's from yet another movie I have never seen.

marooko
05-11-2012, 06:24 AM
I have to put my money in my wallet securely before I walk away from the register, even if that means making people behind me wait until I'm done.

.


I do this, but I feel rushed sometimes. When I do I tend to get defensive about it. I mean, what am I supposed to do, carry all my shit and put my money in my wallet while I walk with a bunch of shit in my hands? Fuck you, let me put my change away, fucker.

gaypalmsprings
05-11-2012, 06:35 AM
http://blog.wtfconcept.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/anal-probe.jpg

M Sparks
05-11-2012, 06:36 AM
It's the insistence on it that is more likely to get annoying.

Like I don't care how anyone else folds their towels - for example - but if someone gets upset at me when I don't fold towels that way....

Yes, this is key.

I had a guest at a party re-fold my towels. And they were pretty neat to begin with, because I was having a party and went a little bit above and beyond. Her comment was "It looked like you took a shower and then just hung your towel back up."

Why yes, yes I did.

locachica73
05-11-2012, 06:39 AM
Was it my sister?

ENluv12
05-11-2012, 06:49 AM
Seriously? It's one of the most over-referenced lines in all of "comedy." Maybe they're just looking at you with what appears to be a blank stare when really they're thinking, "Holy shit, did that guy just quote the one line people ALWAYS quote from that overrated piece of shit and expect us to chuckle like we appreciate his contribution?"

I don't think so, actually. Pretty sure it is because I am fairly young and people my age have not seen it. Thank you for your input.

amyzzz
05-11-2012, 07:19 AM
Was it my sister?hahaha

amyzzz
05-11-2012, 07:20 AM
I HAVE to put my left sock on first, then my right, then my left shoe on before my right. I don't know why, I just can't do it any other way.

I also wash myself in the shower the exact same way every time, in the same order, otherwise it throws me off.

I have to flick the ash off my cigarette or cigar after I take a draw every time.

I have to put in my left contact lense in before my right.

I have to put my money in my wallet securely before I walk away from the register, even if that means making people behind me wait until I'm done.

I won't send a text to anyone if I'm too drunk to be grammatically correct.I think this goes in the boring stuff thread. This is all normal stuff.

mountmccabe
05-11-2012, 07:38 AM
I think this goes in the boring stuff thread. This is all normal stuff.

In my mind the parts I emphasized make it qualify for this thread.



I HAVE to put my left sock on first, then my right, then my left shoe on before my right. I don't know why, I just can't do it any other way.

I also wash myself in the shower the exact same way every time, in the same order, otherwise it throws me off.

I have to flick the ash off my cigarette or cigar after I take a draw every time.

I have to put in my left contact lense in before my right.

I have to put my money in my wallet securely before I walk away from the register, even if that means making people behind me wait until I'm done.

I won't send a text to anyone if I'm too drunk to be grammatically correct.

TomAz
05-11-2012, 07:40 AM
Those last two seem like perfectly rational behavior to me.

captncrzy
05-11-2012, 07:42 AM
Seriously? It's one of the most over-referenced lines in all of "comedy." Maybe they're just looking at you with what appears to be a blank stare when really they're thinking, "Holy shit, did that guy just quote the one line people ALWAYS quote from that overrated piece of shit and expect us to chuckle like we appreciate his contribution?"

Also, I really don't think Tom gives a flying fuck that someone (other than myself) has him marked as their new favorite person.

marooko
05-11-2012, 07:45 AM
I think it makes him smile.

gazercmh
05-11-2012, 07:51 AM
Pretty sure it is because I am fairly young and people my age have not seen it.

Giving you the benefit of the doubt, that's what I had assumed.

santasutt
05-11-2012, 07:57 AM
I get inappropriately gloomy when I am folding laundry and discover that a sock has gone missing. I keep a special laundry basket we call "the island of lost socks." I feel like celebrating when a long lost sock has been reunited with its mate.

I know, I need help.

TomAz
05-11-2012, 08:17 AM
I am fairly young

edit: wait. I just read your profile. You list Arizona athletics as an interest, you live in San Diego, and apparently go to college there. And you know Spinal Tap. Are you my daughter?

PlayaDelWes
05-11-2012, 08:20 AM
Tall is hot, Tom.

BROKENDOLL
05-11-2012, 10:26 AM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2311/1751236789_12f7b7ad4b.jpg

THIS is bringing on feelings of agitation right now because I want sooo badly to be able to take that lone pencil to the right, and place it between the last two pencils in that lineup. Then, if I could do that, we could move on to realigning either the first two paperclips, or the last five paperclips. I mean, how the fuck can you expect those paperclips to keep your papers uniform if they can't even keep themselves uniform?

ENluv12
05-11-2012, 10:41 AM
edit: wait. I just read your profile. You list Arizona athletics as an interest, you live in San Diego, and apparently go to college there. And you know Spinal Tap. Are you my daughter?

Haha I played volleyball at U of A but I live in San Diego now.

amyzzz
05-11-2012, 10:50 AM
Those last two seem like perfectly rational behavior to me.They all seem rational to me. It's just his routine. If I break out of certain routines, it can mess up my day too. Isn't that normal?

BROKENDOLL
05-11-2012, 11:03 AM
I think that my anal retentive behaviors have declined over the years and I chalk it up to being able to allow the little rebel in me to run free. 20 years ago,I was in a position where I was pretty much told what, when, and where shit should be. I believe it was called being "programmed." I can remember having all my bills facing the same direction in my wallet, as well as having all my towels not only folded a certain way, but also stacked according to color. Darks go on the bottom and get lighter in color as the stack grows because, things with color VS without would be heavier. Makes perfect sense, doesn't it? (A beige towel for instance...less dye involved in achieving the shade of beige than say, for example, a black towel. The beige towel would seem airier and lighter on it's threads. Hence being nearer the top of the stack.) Can't say it actually annoyed anyone though. I probably notice more annoyance now, due to the fact that by not giving a fuck anymore, what's more annoying is going to grab a towel and having the domino effect take place because my towels are basically shoved wherever they'll fit.

I also used to be a little nutty about housecleaning to the point of dusting every single week. And, I'm not talking about a swifter-like dusting...I'm talking about taking every fucking knick-knack off of whatever shelf I'm dusting, and then uniformly wiping in the same direction before utilizing proper placement of said knick-knacks according to height, width, and balance. Nowadays, I'm not so dedicated to that unless it concerns books on a shelf. I don't give a shit about subject matter, or the author. What's important is how the books look as they're set on the bookshelf... Start from the left with the tallest book and work your way down to including paperbacks. Once my reading material is aligned, I then balance out the shelf by placing a knick-knack, or bookend object that is equal in size with the original starting book in the lineup.

I'll be honest though, my bookshelf is probably the only anal thing I have left, and I attribute this to having a 2 year old around here with us for almost 6 months last year. It taught me how to accept imperfection instead of pulling my hair out one strand at a time. Or, I learned that it's okay if something's not in it's right place because with a 2 year old around,it's gonna get moved upwards anyway, or it's going to end up broken or lost. What's really, really interesting though, is that the 2 year old is now back with her mother, but came and spent a weekend with us awhile back. And due to the decline in my anal tendencies, I had no problem with her getting into things... What I did become concerned about was this...

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After watching her complete her lineup, I offered her a different basket for her chalks, and then proceeded to witness her gather all the chalks up and start completely from the beginning in size formation. Once she got them all in "her" place, I thought I'd reach down and move one of the shorter chalks to another spot... I thought the fucking kid was gonna go ape-shit with her screaming and kicking of her feet!

You don't suppose that the reason I've lightened up on my strange quirks is because I've passed them onto someone else, do you?

locachica73
05-11-2012, 11:03 AM
THIS is bringing on feelings of agitation right now because I want sooo badly to be able to take that lone pencil to the right, and place it between the last two pencils in that lineup. Then, if I could do that, we could move on to realigning either the first two paperclips, or the last five paperclips. I mean, how the fuck can you expect those paperclips to keep your papers uniform if they can't even keep themselves uniform?

I was more bothered by the fact that the last crooked pencil appears to have been wittled to a point with a knife and the other sharpened ones look like those cheap plastic pencils instead of the real wood ones. I use to hate those motherfuckers.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
05-11-2012, 11:53 AM
They all seem rational to me. It's just his routine. If I break out of certain routines, it can mess up my day too. Isn't that normal?

Dogmatically employing a routine to every bit of minutia in your life, and then having it "mess up your day" if not followed strictly is not normal. Having a comfortable order of operations is fine, but having a strict, illogical way in which every part of every task involved in each operation is performed is semi-obsessive compulsive.

It's not "bad," but it's not "normal" either.

amyzzz
05-11-2012, 11:57 AM
It all depends upon how much it messes up his day.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
05-11-2012, 12:02 PM
Ugh.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
05-11-2012, 12:03 PM
Stop assuming your completely irrational behavior is in anyway considered completely normal, Amy.

amyzzz
05-11-2012, 12:13 PM
Yes I am completely irrational because I put my left shoe on first.

amyzzz
05-11-2012, 12:13 PM
I am completely irrational because I always wash my hair first, put my conditioner on, then wash my face, then wash my body. COMPLETELY IRRATIONAL!! WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH ME???


:)

TomAz
05-11-2012, 01:23 PM
No amy. The irrationality is based on the stress level you feel if you do it in a different order.

amyzzz
05-11-2012, 01:26 PM
Sorry I was spazzing. I was hungry and my ear really hurts.


But I do want to know what specifically happens when he does it out of order and how often does that happen anyway?

RedHotSgtPeppers
05-12-2012, 12:44 AM
The reason it's an anal retentive thing is that everything I wrote I HAVE to do, otherwise I start over (like with my shoes or contacts). It's not really out of habit. It just... feels wrong if I do it out of order. If by that standard, my list is only considered being boring and normal, then having to have your towels folded a certain way should fall into that same category.


But I do want to know what specifically happens when he does it out of order and how often does that happen anyway?

If I wash myself in any order other than shampoo hair, rinse, wash left armpit, left shoulder/arm, wash right armpit, right shoulder/arm, wash chest, wash face, wash dick and balls, brush teeth, I tend to forget to wash a body part altogether. I'm not OCD in that if I don't do it out of order I have to start over and do it again, I just tend to forget to wash a part of myself. I go out of order maybe only about 4-5 times a year, unless I'm showering with a lady, in which the routine is out the window.

stinkbutt
05-12-2012, 01:13 AM
"I'm not like other girls"