Favorite Unique Qualities

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Favorite Unique Qualities
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Thu, 05-15-2003 - 3:26pm
To think of the small little things that you really like in your life that might be a different, things that make you think, "What a good idea..."

1) Does your gym or another gym you've been to offer something unusual?

2) Are there any features in your car that you love?

3) What quirky feature do you love most in your SO?

4) What's your favorite kitchen gadget?

5) Have you seen any cool ideas lately that you thought were clever?

6) Have you seen anyone use the machines at the gym in an unusual way?






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Registered: 03-20-2003
Thu, 05-15-2003 - 4:14pm
Okay, I'll go first:

1) Does your gym or another gym you've been to offer something unusual?

*** One gym had free ponytail holders. They were cheap flimsy ones, but did the job when you forgot. It was a great free extra that probably didn't cost them a lot.

2) Are there any features in your car that you love?

***The radio controls are on the steering wheel. Great for someone short who channel surfs!

3) What quirky feature do you love most in your SO?

***He puts up with all my quirks.;-)

4) What's your favorite kitchen gadget?

***Either the hand puree-er or the blender

5) Have you seen any cool ideas lately that you thought were clever?

***I was at an ice cream shop that put a mini marshmallow at the bottom of a cone to prevent dripping. Clever and simple!

6) Have you seen anyone use the machines at the gym in an unusual way?

***People using the stairmaster backwards.






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Registered: 03-25-2003
Thu, 05-15-2003 - 4:52pm
LOVE the ponytail holder idea. clearly a woman was the brains behind that operation.

1) Does your gym or another gym you've been to offer something unusual? can't think of anything off hand.

2) Are there any features in your car that you love?

my first car which was a standard transmission, had a feature where if you pressed the brake all the way to the floor, you could take your foot off the pedal it would hold until the gas was engaged. it was PERFECT for someone learning to drive a standard, on those hills where you normally would get really scared about rolling backward. that car also turned its lights off automatically when you turned off the car. i think a lot of cars do that nowindays, but back in the mid 80s that was very unique. it was a subaru. also in that car, if you rested your hand on the gearshift, your finger was in the perfect location to hit scan on the radio without moving your hand. the 80's version of steering wheel controls. scan itself is a good feature - where it will flip for you, staying on one station for only like 10 secs before flipping unless you hit the scan button again. i like that its default setting is to "flip" rather than "stay on one station." i wish my car stereo now had scan.

in my car i like the feature where if you hold the key when you turn it, all the windows will go all the way down -- perfect for a convertible. you've probably seen that on vw commercials, where the guy gets his wife out of the bathroom to show her. also i really like my after market car stereo, it's very unusual in that it has a 3 cd disk changer in the dash. most car stereos are only single cd players or else the disk changer is in the trunk.

3) What quirky feature do you love most in your SO?

he's VERY quirky - he totally cracks me up. one good one is that whenever he tries to imitate any foreign accent, it always sounds french! this is particularly true with our hair stylist (we both go to the same one) who is puerto rican, except whenever T relates something that the stylist said and tries to imitate his accent, he sounds like Pepe LePew! except one time he tried to imitate a french accent and it sounded british!

also whenever he tries to make up lyrics to songs, he always ends up just putting "you know" at the end of every line and rhyming it to another "you know." he talks like a pennsylvanian which is so funny to me: he calls a vacuum cleaner a "sweeper" (which is so odd, because it obviously doesn't sweep at all, hello, it VACUUMS! i guess it's like calling a fridge an ice box, but what person under the age of 75 does that?), he says stuff like "the windows need cleaned" yes, that's "need cleaned," and "i'll go start the car awhile" by which he means, while i do something else, he'll start the car.

he loves to make up names, particularly for me and our pets, and his favorite way of naming something is to take an adjective about it and turn it into a name like "fuzzy fuzzerson" or "farty farterson." oh, i could go on for hours on his quirkiness.

4) What's your favorite kitchen gadget?

well, a blender is more of an appliance than a gadget... ooh i know - i really love my curved grapefruit knife!

5) Have you seen any cool ideas lately that you thought were clever?

i saw some on a website of all different products from japan, but i can't remember them off hand. i saw something particularly UNclever the other day - a heartrate monitor that you wear on your wrist like a watch (like most heartrate monitors), but that didn't have a time keeping feature on it. how dumb would someone look with a watch AND a heartrate monitor on their wrist, not to mention the added wind drag from so many wrist accoutrements. ooh, i know what i thought was clever, the little protective mask i bought in case of having to do rescue breathing on a stranger which comes with a pair of latex gloves in a tiny little packet that fits in the palm of your hand and can be used as a keychain.

6) Have you seen anyone use the machines at the gym in an unusual way? none that would be safe to imitate!

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Fri, 05-16-2003 - 12:48am
Being able to be silly w/ your SO is a great quality. I know I can act really stupid sometimes and he just laughs. You two sound so compatible!

You're right about the blender. Hmmm, maybe my egg separator. Or mini hand chopper.

Oh and another thing I like about my car (there isn't much so I have to work on this) is that the remotes reset the driver seat to our setting. It's always a hassle because my husband is so much taller than me, but now we just use our own remotes and it automatically resets.






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Registered: 04-03-2003
Fri, 05-16-2003 - 7:08am


1) Does your gym or another gym you've been to offer something unusual? -- Well, my gym caters to the testosterone set... so they have porno mags to read while you're on the machines.

2) Are there any features in your car that you love? -- No car.

3) What quirky feature do you love most in your SO? -- There are so many! I love that he's a big softy and cries at movies (three times during Spider Man). I love his impressions (they range from terrible -- Macy Gray -- to outstanding -- the old guy from the Sopranos with emphesema). I love that, even though he DJs hard core rap and punk, the Carpenters are still his favorite group.

4) What's your favorite kitchen gadget? -- a self-cleaning garlic press! Because I love garlic but I'm too lazy to chop it.

5) Have you seen any cool ideas lately that you thought were clever? -- I must have, but I can't think of anything.

6) Have you seen anyone use the machines at the gym in an unusual way? -- I've seen people MISuse the machines in unusual ways -- especially the Smith machine. Whoever thinks that Smith squats are a good way to learn proper form has clearly never seen the guys at my gym who lean all of their weight backwards onto the bar. If they were free squatting, they'd fall over backwards. It's the weirdest thing.

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Fri, 05-16-2003 - 7:22am
a dj, how cool! i wanted to be a dj for a brief time, then i realized i'm too old to stay up so late anymore. there is a dj i wanted to go see this weekend, but i eventually realized there's no way i'm staying up until 4 am. he doesn't even go on until 1! not gonna happen. do people actually dj punk? did not know that.

my boyfriend is a softy too. you should have seen the two of us all teary eyed at the end of the wedding singer a couple weeks ago! LOL! pretty bad when you get teary eyed from adam sandler.

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Registered: 04-03-2003
Fri, 05-16-2003 - 8:01am
OK, maybe not normal Adam Sandler. But did you see "Punch Drunk Love"? We BOTH cried at that one... sooo good.

He doesn't DJ punk here but he used to DJ a punk night at this very cool NY bar called Motor City. Here he does lounge/house music 2 nights a week at a local bar, and rap/hip-hop one night a week on an indie radio station. The bar nights are only 10-1, but I still don't know how he does it, since he also works his butt off for an NGO.

Thanks for your great emails, by the way. I owe you a response to the second but due to the whole no-internet-for-two-days thing, I'm way behind on my correspondence.

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Fri, 05-16-2003 - 9:04am
1) Does your gym or another gym you've been to offer something unusual? >>>In our 'women only' section the equipment has been custom made for women's smaller physiques. Being 5' I really appreciate not having to stand on the seat to grab the lat pulldown bar. Oh, we have tanning beds in the locker rooms.

2) Are there any features in your car that you love? >>>I can't lock the driver's door from the inside & the lights turn off w/ the car (I have a serious problem w/ locking myself out of things/places & leaving the car lights on.)

3) What quirky feature do you love most in your SO? >>> That he's still in love w/ me after 13 years. (OMG, it's just dawned on me it's our anniversary this weekend. :-0 ) Actually he has the sickest, most juvenile sense of humour. He loves punning, twisting what you say (this drive #1 Son nuts) & he can turn my most innocent comments into something perverted. I try to remain stone faced w/ disapproval, but that only makes him try harder to make me laugh.

4) What's your favorite kitchen gadget? >>>A self cleaning garlic press that peels the cloves too.

5) Have you seen any cool ideas lately that you thought were clever? I remember saying recently, "Wow, what a good idea!", but can't remember what I said it about.

6) Have you seen anyone use the machines at the gym in an unusual way? >>>After ten years of working at gyms the list is too long to post.

Soleilune
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Fri, 05-16-2003 - 1:05pm
1) Does your gym or another gym you've been to offer something unusual?

*** I used to attend a gym that provided free toiletries each month (tampons, soap, lotion, etc.). It was better than a hotel! I think various companies would donate the items to get people to try them out and hopefully start purchasing those brands.

2) Are there any features in your car that you love?

*** No

3) What quirky feature do you love most in your SO?

*** My husband is very wise, as if he has had 80 years of life experience. He has a tendency to speak in riddles but what he says makes a lot of sense.

4) What's your favorite kitchen gadget?

*** I have a little bag that organizes my plastic grocery store bags.

5) Have you seen any cool ideas lately that you thought were clever?

*** Can't say that I have, but I think making audio tapes of my favorite step class was an ingenious idea. When I'm unable to attend class, it's almost like bringing my instructor home with me and doing her class.

6) Have you seen anyone use the machines at the gym in an unusual way?

*** Nothing comes to mind

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Registered: 04-03-2003
Fri, 05-16-2003 - 1:33pm
1) Does your gym or another gym you've been to offer something unusual?

My gym offers a steam room and massage room. For being a gym in a condo I thought that was pretty unusual.

2) Are there any features in your car that you love?

I love my rear view mirror, it tints green when someone has their bright lights on so I don't get an uncomfortable glare. I can also change my radio for the steerling wheel, I love that.

3) What quirky feature do you love most in your SO?

He likes to play boardgames. I love that about him.

4) What's your favorite kitchen gadget?

This may sound silly, but I have this thing that with one swoop slices an apples into six pieces and removes the core. Doesn't take much to amuse me.

5) Have you seen any cool ideas lately that you thought were clever?

Not that I can think of.

6) Have you seen anyone use the machines at the gym in an unusual way?

I saw someone riding a stationary bike backwards once. Very odd.

 

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Fri, 05-16-2003 - 1:48pm
oooh i have that apple thing too - i love it!

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