This week, I went to a funeral for a very special writing friend and hung out with scores of writers. Creatives are a bunch of quirky people, so I figured they’d be great research for this post, which I’ve been toying with for a while.
You see, I’ve got a few weird habits.
I didn’t even know they were weird until I outed myself to a few of my friends and family. Some of them looked at me askance. Others said “I didn’t know you were OCD.”
A few comforting souls said “Oh yeah, I TOTALLY do stuff like that.”
So, I’m bringing it to my posse here at More Cowbell. We’re gonna have Thoughty Thursday a day late this week. (Techie Tuesday was a day late too because of the aforementioned funeral.)
Here’s a few of the quirky habits I copped to:
#1: When I sit down at any table, I line up all my silverware according to proper table-setting etiquette. Forks graduated out the left side by function, knives and spoons by size and function out the right, with the dessert fork/spoon over the top of the plate. I stop lining it up when I run out of silverware, and I can’t stand it when they don’t give me a coffee spoon in a restaurant. I also put the glassware in order to the upper right, and I notice if the waiters don’t serve from the proper side. (It’s a curse, trust me.)
#2: When I play any card games, including on the computer, I line up the suites of cards in the same order as when I play bridge: spades, hearts, diamonds, clubs. At the very least, I alternate the red and black suites. I just can’t concentrate unless I do it.
#3: I chew my food fifteen times. Not only was my father a Vietnam vet with a bit of PTSD, he was the son of a colonel who hung out in officer’s clubs. Table manners were beat into us…literally. To this day, I’m an exceptionally slow eater. Hubby and I have counted before — I might go up to 20 chews, but I’m never under 15.
My own hubby is a bit ritualistic about how he coils the hose and organizes the pantry, so he doesn’t mind my quirks. But, when I asked my writer pals in Tuesday’s car ride what their quirky habits were, not a one of them could think of anything better than “I’ve got a few book rituals.”
Geesh. All writers have THAT. I really expected something better.
So, I’m bringing it to you, my ever-awesome (and quirky) posse…
What are your strange, quirky habits? Do the people in your life find them odd? Would you characterize yourself as completely normal, slightly eccentric, or suffering from a bit of obsessive-compulsive disorder? Enquiring minds always want to know these things here at More Cowbell!