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 - 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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.  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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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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Registered: 03-22-2013
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 - 8:08am

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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