Do you have obsessions or rituals? (that you will admit to)

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Post by David » Sun 20 Dec, 2009 2:36 am

ejm wrote:The ONLY way I'll agree to playing Monopoly is if I can use the Monopoly board that my great uncle (great great uncle???) hand-made. It has real hotels and houses instead of those ugly little plastic things.
Real hotels and houses? Just how big is your uncle's Monopoly board?

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Post by ejm » Mon 21 Dec, 2009 9:18 pm

David wrote: Real hotels and houses? Just how big is your uncle's Monopoly board?
How did I know someone was going to ask that?

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Post by David » Tue 12 Jan, 2010 11:54 am

Another obsession of mine: The tags on my mp3s must be correct and complete.

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Post by ejm » Tue 12 Jan, 2010 6:54 pm

David wrote:Another obsession of mine: The tags on my mp3s must be correct and complete.
What's an mp3? :whee:

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Post by DataRyder » Tue 12 Jan, 2010 7:20 pm

David wrote:Another obsession of mine: The tags on my mp3s must be correct and complete.
I never had this obsession, that is until recently. The other day I received a Sansa Fuse for my birthday. Having never owned an mp3 player of any kind all of this tag business was new to me.

The Fuse sorts my music not according to the displayed title but according to all the tags inside the properties of the mp3. It can sort by Album title, Artist name, Genre, Track number etc. The problem is many of the mp3s I have on my computer didn't include much of this tagged information.

I'm a noobie at mp3 players. In order to organize my music onto my Fuse and to keep it from indexing in a kind of toxic gooo, I've had to spend many hours correcting the tags on my mp3s.

I can completely relate to your obsession; but in a kind of round about way. It's not me so much as "Fuse-Use". But then; I guess that's often how these things begin.
At this point all I can tell you is; what we do know is far less than what we don't know.

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Post by David » Mon 08 Feb, 2010 3:48 am

When putting fuel into my car I have to stop the display at an exact multiple of 5 or 10 number such as 25.00 or 30.00. If I misjudge by even 0.01 I must go to the next acceptable number.

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Post by ejm » Tue 09 Feb, 2010 1:28 pm

David wrote:When putting fuel into my car I have to stop the display at an exact multiple of 5 or 10 number such as 25.00 or 30.00. If I misjudge by even 0.01 I must go to the next acceptable number.
Oh dear.

What happens if the tank is full and the number is unacceptable? Do you start to fill someone else's gastank?

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Post by Barbara » Mon 15 Feb, 2010 10:08 am

ejm wrote:
David wrote:When putting fuel into my car I have to stop the display at an exact multiple of 5 or 10 number such as 25.00 or 30.00. If I misjudge by even 0.01 I must go to the next acceptable number.
Oh dear.

What happens if the tank is full and the number is unacceptable? Do you start to fill someone else's gastank?
Or get out the siphon?

* Why does "siphon" look like it's misspelled? It feels like there should be a y, but "syphon" looks terrible.

** Why is "else's" underlined as a spelling error in ejm's quote?

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Post by ejm » Mon 15 Feb, 2010 2:05 pm

ejm wrote:What happens if the tank is full and the number is unacceptable? Do you start to fill someone else's gastank?

Barbara wrote:Or get out the siphon?
Eewwwwwww!! That puts a whole new light on the phrase "I must have eaten the wrong thing for dinner; I have gas".
Barbara wrote: * Why does "siphon" look like it's misspelled? It feels like there should be a y, but "syphon" looks terrible.
I think "syphon" looks perfectly presentable and also think that "siphon" looks incorrect. But both versions have entries in my pocket Oxford dictionary (and "siphon" is the one that has the definition)
Barbara wrote: ** Why is "else's" underlined as a spelling error in ejm's quote?
There's no accounting for firefox. Perhaps it's the same reason that the default languages on the translation page are from Spanish to English. It drives me crazy that I can't reset the default to be French to English.

Hmmmm, is that another obsession??

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Post by David » Wed 21 Jul, 2010 9:01 am

I am getting worse

[*]all pictures on a wall must be at the same height as the door frame.[/*]
[*]plant pots must have equal gaps between them.[/*]
[*]paper money must be all the right way up.[/*]
[*]I must put on my left shoe first.[/*]
[*]I must visit websites on favourites list in the same order every time and it's not in the order they are listed..[/*]

In some cultures, what I do would be considered normal. Probably.

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Post by MrsBrown » Thu 22 Jul, 2010 7:05 pm

David wrote:[*]paper money must be all the right way up.[/*]
That's not obsessive. That's the correct way of storing your money.

I'm sure I have obsessive behaviours--one of them is to correct grammar. Most of the time I'm able to do it silently with just my nostrils flaring but when I hear egregious* grammatical mistakes on the radio, I have been known to yell at the radio. eg. "It's not MYSELF, the word you're looking for is ME!! In your effort to sound smart, you sound foolish beyond belief."


* I had a professor once who liked to use the word "egregious" several times every lecture. Once, my friend and I counted nine times. We thought it was an egregious use of the word. Clearly, we weren't paying attention to the lecture. :stomp:

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Post by CAM » Wed 18 Aug, 2010 9:02 pm

MrsBrown wrote: I have been known to yell at the radio. eg. "It's not MYSELF, the word you're looking for is ME!! In your effort to sound smart, you sound foolish beyond belief."
What is quite distressing is to find oneself wanting to correct dear relatives: "It's not 'would you like to join X and I,' it's '...X and me'." There are only so many times one can gently remind people about this embarrassing grammar error without becoming even more embarrassing. Somehow, screaming in public, "It's not not I, it's ME" does not seem to be the answer. And yet, strangely, it bothers me every time. I don't suppose they're doing it on purpose only when I'm there.... surely not!

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Post by ejm » Mon 23 Aug, 2010 4:24 am

CAM wrote:Somehow, screaming in public, "It's not not I, it's ME" does not seem to be the answer. And yet, strangely, it bothers me every time.
But screaming it at the TV is, for some bizarre reason, strangely satisfying. And when I hear it in person, I am constantly muttering "for X and me". Even when I read it, I find myself saying "and me" out loud.

Perhaps this is something that is no longer drilled in school. It's such a simple concept too. Just break it down....

Would you like to join I as me mention that nobody talks good no more?

And if anyone answers, "No, I'm good", I'll spit.

(To that response, I always say, "yes, I'm sure you're very good, but would you like to...")

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