Quirks, Idiosyncracies, and Imoending Birth

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Quirks, Idiosyncracies, and Imoending Birth
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Sun, 07-14-2013 - 7:50am

1.  Do you have any quirky interests, hobbies, or obsessions that other people find strange?

2.  Are there things that other people seem to like that you are indifferent to?

3.  Do you suspect that people with unusual interests or indifferences are kind of odd?  Or do you really practice a "differences are beautiful" philosophy?

4.  Speaking of interests and indifferences, on a scale of 1-10, what is your level of interest in the impending arrival of the British royal heir?

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Sun, 07-14-2013 - 8:08am

bordwithyou wrote:
<p>1.  Do you have any quirky interests, hobbies, or obsessions that other people find strange?</p><p>2.  Are there things that other people seem to like that you are indifferent to?</p><p>3.  Do you suspect that people with unusual interests or indifferences are kind of odd?  Or do you really practice a "differences are beautiful" philosophy?</p><p>4.  Speaking of interests and indifferences, on a scale of 1-10, what is your level of interest in the impending arrival of the British royal heir?</p>

1.  I would not put it in the quirky catagory but some find my interest in baseball unusual.

2. Not being a girlie girl I am pretty indifferent to make-up and fashion.  DH loves Sci Fi, I am pretty indifferent to it. 

3. Have always been of the "differences are beautiful". In fact what I used to tell my kids growing up was the reason that the world worked so well was because there are so many different people. 

4. If 1 is the least interest then 1. 

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Sun, 07-14-2013 - 8:15am

bordwithyou wrote:
<p>1.  Do you have any quirky interests, hobbies, or obsessions that other people find strange?</p><p>2.  Are there things that other people seem to like that you are indifferent to?</p><p>3.  Do you suspect that people with unusual interests or indifferences are kind of odd?  Or do you really practice a "differences are beautiful" philosophy?</p><p>4.  Speaking of interests and indifferences, on a scale of 1-10, what is your level of interest in the impending arrival of the British royal heir?</p>

1.  Who me??  No way!  All my interests and hobbies are universally beloved.

2.  Oh, sure plenty.  I have limited patience for sports on TV.  I despise basketball in all forms and baseball on TV is more boring than golf (yeah, I said it :D )  I enjoy watching football on TV if someone else turns it on, but I almost never think to do so myself.  When the Ravens won the Super Bowl this year, I only found out because the folks on my street set off fireworks--I'd been in bed since 8 or 9 :)  (For the record, the fireworks didn't bother me; I just heard them, thought, "Well, I guess the Ravens won." and went back to sleep :)  I did smile because I knew how happy my neighbors would be.)  I think I'm officially old because I don't mind watching golf on TV anymore.  It's another one that I don't ever think to do so myself--except for The Masters--but if someone else does, I"m cool with it.  It's actually good programming to sew by, particularly for handwork. 

I'm sure there are plenty of other examples of things many people seem to like that I'm indifferent to.  Any arguments I might make on the topic at all are generally a defense of why someone shouldn't have to enjoy them just because others do.  I have no objection to others liking it.

3. I have no objections to people being odd.  Odd people make life interesting.

4. I think I'm right about a 5 or 6.  I watched the wedding.  My reaction that a baby was coming was "Aw, how nice." I'm generally happy when I learn ANYone is having a baby.  Babies are cause for happiness.  And I think in the case of a royal baby, the odds of an actual name rather than a compass heading are greatly increased.  I'm old enough (see my new tolerance for golf) to be pleased by that.

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Sun, 07-14-2013 - 8:28am

1.  Do you have any quirky interests, hobbies, or obsessions that other people find strange?  I think my knitting, sewing, gardening (veggies), and canning are probably considered fairly strange.

2.  Are there things that other people seem to like that you are indifferent to?  I loathe shopping at brick and mortar stores.  I'm so glad I can order almost anything I need online.

3.  Do you suspect that people with unusual interests or indifferences are kind of odd?  Or do you really practice a "differences are beautiful" philosophy?  I think it's cool how different people can be SO into different things.  Especially with the internet, people who have unusual hobbies can really connect with one another. 

4.  Speaking of interests and indifferences, on a scale of 1-10, what is your level of interest in the impending arrival of the British royal heir? 5-6, I like reading about what's going on with Will and Kate.  Prince William is only a few days older than I am.

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.  Prince William is only a few days older than I am.</strong></p>[/quote]

Charles and Diana were married a couple of weeks before my brother and his wife and William was born a couple of weeks after their first child.

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Registered: 01-08-2009
Sun, 07-14-2013 - 9:28am

1. Non-historians sometimes think my interest in history is bizarre. Lately I have become interested in the history of exploration, from the Vikings to the space age. I've taken my son to so many space-related events that I've come to share his fascination with the history of manned space travel, which has been a nice bonding experience for us. I love classic children's fiction such as L. M. Montgomery, J. K. Rowling and will read anything written on the Alcott family. 2. Zero interest in shopping. I hate shopping even when I need something and would sooner gi to the dentist for fun than to a mall. No real interest in college-professional sports. Not really a fan of TV or movies. Lost interest in popular music about 1980. 3. I think it's charming when well-educated people have quirky interests like the foibles of the Kardashians or who's  wining some popular contest like on "The Voice," or who has a weakness for romance or mystery novels or such. I admit I find if difficult to connect with anyone whose cultural interests do not stretch beyond such things. 4. Probably a "7." I was in London when it was announced that Princess Diana was pregnant the first time, and I've sort of watched him grow up. I find the Duchess a class act and wish them the best. Since I teach the history of Britain and have written a book about an English queen-consort, I have a professional interest in the little one as well.

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Sun, 07-14-2013 - 11:20am

1. Does being a fidgeter count? I keep a stack of poker chips close to me at all times and I shuffle them constantly. I also peel stickers and labels off of things. Last night at dinner, I tied a straw wrapper into knots, untied it, repeated over and over.

I'm also mildly obsessive about my writing utensil, which currently is a green Paper Mate mechanical pencil. It's not always a pencil, sometimes it's a pen, and sometimes it's even a very thin marker. No matter what my current writing utensil is, I'm always aware of where it is and if you think you're going to walk up to my space and use it to write down a telephone number real quick or to add your name to your homework paper, I will bite you. I insist on taking notes for school with pen/pencil and paper even though most of my peers do not because one can always find the powerpoints online. There's something satisfying about writing things down for me. 

2. Sports. (All of them.)

3. Yes, I think people with eccentric hobbies are odd, but I also love odd. So both?

My husband falls into this category. He's the guy who wears a button-down shirt and dress slacks to rock concerts, and has a dry sense of humor and spends the bulk of his day with his nose in a spreadsheet, so people are generally surprised to find out that he has such a massive amount of interests. (Painting, sculpting, writing, composing music, woodworking, model rocket design, beer brewing/winemaking, etc.)

4. 3. I was amused by this series of photos with lookalikes in the Daily Mail. 

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Sun, 07-14-2013 - 12:05pm

1.  Do you have any quirky interests, hobbies, or obsessions that other people find strange? I am sure, but I don't usually give it much thought. Probably some people find it odd that someone would pick Ancient Greek for their language requirement in college. I have also come across people who find it odd that I sew clothes for myself, usually can't be bothered to wear make-up or that I decided to learn Arabic in old age. I don't mind if they find it odd. I only mind if they try to get me to learn Spanish instead, because it is what they did, or try to get me to wear make-up because it is the "done" thing.

2.  Are there things that other people seem to like that you are indifferent to? Yes, loads of stuff.

3.  Do you suspect that people with unusual interests or indifferences are kind of odd?  Or do you really practice a "differences are beautiful" philosophy? Yes, I often find them odd, but at the same time most of my close family and friends are odd by that definition.

4.  Speaking of interests and indifferences, on a scale of 1-10, what is your level of interest in the impending arrival of the British royal heir? Theoretically I am interested, but I much prefer the Danish royals to the British ones. Kate and Wills do not do it for me.

The Danish crown prince taking his kids to daycare (yes, they attend regular daycare):

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Sun, 07-14-2013 - 12:09pm
"who has a weakness for romance or mystery novels." -------- Ha! That was partly what sold me on the Classics Department at my college. The department head had piles of mystery/crime novels on her window sill. Everyone in the department loved those and shared this way.
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Sun, 07-14-2013 - 12:11pm

<<3. I have no objections to people being odd.  Odd people make life interesting.>>

I totally agree...

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Sun, 07-14-2013 - 12:12pm

1.  Do you have any quirky interests, hobbies, or obsessions that other people find strange? -- running, lol.  I have lots of quirks and peculiarities and obsessions, but not things people readily know about or observe, so they wouldn't know they find it strange .. .kwim?

2.  Are there things that other people seem to like that you are indifferent to? -- Duck Dynasty. Real Housewives or Whatever.  Adam Levine. There are quite a few current trends that I just don't get.

3.  Do you suspect that people with unusual interests or indifferences are kind of odd?  Or do you really practice a "differences are beautiful" philosophy? -- I think there is room for both.  Some things are just different. Somethings are odd.  And sometimes you see both in the same person.

4.  Speaking of interests and indifferences, on a scale of 1-10, what is your level of interest in the impending arrival of the British royal heir? -- 3 maybe.  

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