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Re: Strange habits you have
« Reply #50 on: February 12, 2015, 12:36:50 AM »

I hate letting my alarm wake me up. If my alarm is set for 0700 and I wake up at 0659, I very quickly wake up to make sure my alarm doesn't go off. I think it's the unpleasant noise so early in the morning that I hate.
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Re: Strange habits you have
« Reply #51 on: February 12, 2015, 12:41:15 AM »

I use one number on the microwave at a pop: :33, 2:22, :66, etc.  This is a habit I call laziness.

That, or you could get one of those microwaves that if you press 1, it automatically cooks for 1 minute without you having to press anything else.

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Re: Strange habits you have
« Reply #52 on: February 12, 2015, 12:46:16 AM »

I use one number on the microwave at a pop: :33, 2:22, :66, etc.  This is a habit I call laziness.

That, or you could get one of those microwaves that if you press 1, it automatically cooks for 1 minute without you having to press anything else.

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Re: Strange habits you have
« Reply #53 on: February 12, 2015, 01:04:55 AM »

I use one number on the microwave at a pop: :33, 2:22, :66, etc.  This is a habit I call laziness.

That, or you could get one of those microwaves that if you press 1, it automatically cooks for 1 minute without you having to press anything else.

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Re: Strange habits you have
« Reply #54 on: February 12, 2015, 04:13:37 AM »

Also for superstitions. I don't believe in saying "bless you" after someone sneezes, throwing salt over my shoulder when I spill it, not closing a knife someone else has opened, going out the same door you came in, not whistling after dark or any number of other what I call "stupid-stitions."

Those may more properly be classified as pet peeves than strange habits, though.

This is called being a rational adult. Congratulations. You would hate going in a casino; there's tons of people who do stuff like refuse to gamble with anything other than $5s (or $1s!), refuse $50s because they are "bad luck", and paw at slot machine screens like a cat as the reels spin. I always get a chuckle out of imagining these last people at home doing the same thing when they check their email hoping to make more and better emails come in.

I don't consider saying "bless you" to be a superstition, more of a social nicety, but I often don't say it because I am not religious and it feels sort of dishonest hearing "bless you" come out of my mouth.

As for my own strange habits, I tend to have a lot dealing with cash, some from my job and some just with my own money. First, it bugs the crap out of me if all the bills in my wallet are not all facing the same way (both front-back and up-down). Some cashiers do not bother to face the change they return to a customer, and this irks me, because it's simply not professional. The bills issued to us by the casino do not come faced, but I have gotten pretty adept at facing them in the process of pulling them out of the drawer, because we are not allowed to face the bills ahead of time. I will avoid if at all possible to avoid handing out the N-type bills (the white-background ones with the large oval portraits), and stick them at the bottom of the stack. I am also kind of a snob about the condition of bills; with my personal money I spend the most beat-up bills (and the N-types) first. At work I hand out the crispest bills possible and retain as many poor-condition ones as possible to return to the vault in the hopes that they will be sent to the bank.

In general, I tend to choose a method of doing things consistently, with some arbitrary "rule" in place to keep it myself consistent.  For example, at work, whenever we perform a drawer increase, we are given a duplicate carbonless receipt, the yellow copy of which is discarded as unnecessary (we have a lot of impact receipt printers at work, and about half of them are used in contexts that require duplicate receipts, so the carbonless paper is loaded in all of them to avoid having to keep one-ply paper in stock). I will retain the yellow copy of the receipt until I have logged the transaction in my computer (as we are required to do). That way I can tell if I have logged a particular increase or not based on if the yellow copy is there or not. This is just an example; I have a bunch of little procedures I follow like that so that I can do things in a consistent way.

The strangest habit I have is that when I get excited about something I will unconsciously rub the skin above my lip, as if I were flattening a non-existent moustache. I am not really sure where this comes from but I find it very difficult to stop myself if I catch myself doing it.
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Re: Strange habits you have
« Reply #55 on: February 12, 2015, 05:40:46 AM »

I use one number on the microwave at a pop: :33, 2:22, :66, etc.  This is a habit I call laziness.

Me, too!
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Re: Strange habits you have
« Reply #56 on: February 12, 2015, 08:35:39 AM »

I sleep in the nude almost every night, only putting on a tank top if the temp is cold enough that 620 blankets aren't enough. I haven't worn bottoms to bed in something like nine or ten years. Oh, and I've NEVER been able to stand wearing socks to bed; that feels SO unnatural.

On the flip side, I've never gone naked to bed ever. Always at least boxers. I do forgo shirts in summer though. I wear socks all winter though. We have a bad habit of turning the heat off during the day, but I usually sleep til 1:30, because of my work schedule, so I need the extra warmth.
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Re: Strange habits you have
« Reply #57 on: February 12, 2015, 08:54:44 AM »

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Re: Strange habits you have
« Reply #58 on: February 12, 2015, 09:04:48 AM »

This thread caused me to remember my roommate during my third year of college 21 years ago. He had this thing about lining up the TV and stereo remotes so they were all pointed directly at the system and perfectly parallel to each other.

Drove one of the other guys in our apartment crazy and he'd deliberately mess them up.

(I think at the time there were three remotes—TV, receiver/tape deck since both were Denon and the receiver remote could run the tape deck, and CD player. Those guys would go nuts in my house today....I think we have ten remotes in the downstairs rec room, six more in the upstairs family room unless you count the Wii controllers in which case it's eight, three more in the master bedroom, one in the guest bedroom, and one in my home office.)
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Re: Strange habits you have
« Reply #59 on: February 12, 2015, 09:12:49 AM »

First, it bugs the crap out of me if all the bills in my wallet are not all facing the same way (both front-back and up-down). Some cashiers do not bother to face the change they return to a customer, and this irks me, because it's simply not professional.

Yes!

At my first job, a co-worker of mine always wanted the bills faced, and I continued this routine.  When I worked the Jersey Turnpike the money flowed much faster as each transaction would only take a matter of seconds, it would be a bit time consuming to keep the bills facing the same direction (both front-back and up-down), but I would at least keep them face up.  When I go to the bank nowadays to deposit cash I like the bills to be all faced properly.  Yet, when the bank gives the bills back to me...or even in an ATM at the bank...the bills come all 4 ways.

I use one number on the microwave at a pop: :33, 2:22, :66, etc.  This is a habit I call laziness.

That, or you could get one of those microwaves that if you press 1, it automatically cooks for 1 minute without you having to press anything else.

I hate those.  I'm used to just typing in the time and hitting start.  Now, many microwaves require you to hit "Timed Cooking", then the time, then start.

If I just wanted a minute, I would simply hit the 'minute plus' button (or the '30 second' button twice).

I hate letting my alarm wake me up. If my alarm is set for 0700 and I wake up at 0659, I very quickly wake up to make sure my alarm doesn't go off. I think it's the unpleasant noise so early in the morning that I hate.

That's 1 more minute of sleep! :-)  (Well, 12 more minutes, because I'll probably hit the snooze alarm at least twice...)

I sleep in the nude almost every night, only putting on a tank top if the temp is cold enough that 620 blankets aren't enough. I haven't worn bottoms to bed in something like nine or ten years. Oh, and I've NEVER been able to stand wearing socks to bed; that feels SO unnatural.

A few things with this one:

   I never wear tank tops.  Ever.

   I never wear white undershirt t-shirts.  I think I have one or two for thin dress shirts, but that's it.

   I usually only wear underwear when I'm in bed...or nothing at all.  And I always sleep with a comforter over me.
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Re: Strange habits you have
« Reply #60 on: February 12, 2015, 10:33:38 AM »

I always like to have at least one or two cameras on me as much as possible when I'm going outside of my house (My cellphone and 3DS count as cameras to me since the have cameras built into them). Never know what you might want to/need to photograph sometimes!
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Re: Strange habits you have
« Reply #61 on: February 12, 2015, 10:55:40 AM »

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Re: Strange habits you have
« Reply #62 on: February 12, 2015, 02:05:18 PM »

Re:  Microwave ovens...
I used to get frustrated with the one-touch microwaves, because the one at work had that feature and the one at home did not.  I would keep getting it wrong.  But then our microwave at home went out, and the one we bought to replace it is the same brand as the one at work.  Now I'm happy again.  Sometimes, if I don't feel like pushing two buttons (that aren't next to each other!), I just push "1" and take it out when it's gone long enough.

Re:  Facing money...
Mine not only has to be all facing the same way, but it also has to be sorted by denomination.  Largest bills in the back of my wallet, then smaller and smaller as you work your way forward.  When we do our annual mission trip to México, I handle the money on an almost exclusively cash basis.  So, at the start of the trip, it's common for me to have $4000 or so in cash, broken up between dollars and pesos, and also divided up into baggies dedicated to different purposes (gas, food, tolls, etc.).  I face all the bills in each baggie the same direction, divide it all up by denomination, and flatten out all the dog ears.
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Re: Strange habits you have
« Reply #63 on: February 12, 2015, 02:25:03 PM »

Re:  Facing money...

Mine not only has to be all facing the same way, but it also has to be sorted by denomination.  Largest bills in the back of my wallet, then smaller and smaller as you work your way forward.  When we do our annual mission trip to México, I handle the money on an almost exclusively cash basis.  So, at the start of the trip, it's common for me to have $4000 or so in cash, broken up between dollars and pesos, and also divided up into baggies dedicated to different purposes (gas, food, tolls, etc.).  I face all the bills in each baggie the same direction, divide it all up by denomination, and flatten out all the dog ears.

I do the same, except I also separate the money by country of issue and use something other than my wallet (e.g., my passport pouch) to store cash that is not legal tender in the country I am currently in.

As for sleeping, I wear just boxer shorts, and adjust blanket cover for comfort.  The thermostat in the house is set at 72° F during the heating season and 78° F during the air-conditioning season, but the actual swing in my bedroom depends on ambient temperatures.  As a result of several years of heavy resistance training in the gym, I have more muscle on my chest, which has affected my temperature regulation to the extent that I can no longer sleep comfortably under a duvet in typical Kansas winter temperatures.  Cover usually ranges from linen sheet + Vellux + fluffy sports blanket at about 10° F outdoors to nothing at about 90° F.

I also have to be careful about drinking water before bed.  I try to get one glass about 1 1/2 hours before going to bed.  The lag means no need to visit the bathroom in the middle of the night, while the water makes it less likely that dry mouth will wake me up after 6 hours of sleep (I typically need about 8 hours or a little less to function well).
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Re: Strange habits you have
« Reply #64 on: February 12, 2015, 02:33:19 PM »

Re:  Facing money...
Mine not only has to be all facing the same way, but it also has to be sorted by denomination.  Largest bills in the back of my wallet, then smaller and smaller as you work your way forward. 

I do the same thing, except my wallet has a divider built into the bills section. Bills <$5 go in the front section; bills >=$ go in the back section. Rarely do I carry a bill larger than a $20.
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Re: Strange habits you have
« Reply #65 on: February 12, 2015, 02:38:38 PM »

Re:  Facing money...

Mine not only has to be all facing the same way, but it also has to be sorted by denomination.  Largest bills in the back of my wallet, then smaller and smaller as you work your way forward.  When we do our annual mission trip to México, I handle the money on an almost exclusively cash basis.  So, at the start of the trip, it's common for me to have $4000 or so in cash, broken up between dollars and pesos, and also divided up into baggies dedicated to different purposes (gas, food, tolls, etc.).  I face all the bills in each baggie the same direction, divide it all up by denomination, and flatten out all the dog ears.

I do the same, except I also separate the money by country of issue and use something other than my wallet (e.g., my passport pouch) to store cash that is not legal tender in the country I am currently in.

Well, yes, I separate by currency as well.  50-peso bills are not next to 50-dollar bills, but rather 100-peso bills.
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Re: Strange habits you have
« Reply #66 on: February 12, 2015, 05:47:22 PM »

Re:  Facing money...
Mine not only has to be all facing the same way, but it also has to be sorted by denomination.  Largest bills in the back of my wallet, then smaller and smaller as you work your way forward.

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Re: Strange habits you have
« Reply #67 on: February 12, 2015, 05:58:45 PM »

Sorting by denomination back to front just seems logical to me. Doesn't seem like a strange habit at all. Most people I know sort money that way.

My wallet has a divider in the billfold portion, but I don't use the back portion for money. Instead, receipts and other pieces of paper tend to accumulate there (but not lottery tickets; those go with the bills so they don't accidentally get shredded when I clean out the pieces of paper). 
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Re: Strange habits you have
« Reply #68 on: February 12, 2015, 06:17:38 PM »

I also sort by denomination in my wallet. I also have a habit of keeping a single $50 in a separate compartment of the wallet that is more difficult to access, just in case I encounter a situation where I need a large amount of cash immediately (which hardly ever comes up, but it doesn't hurt to be prepared).
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« Reply #69 on: February 12, 2015, 11:34:39 PM »

Man, I must need a lesson in peeing outside, because it always seems to splash off the grass blades onto my shoes. FWIW, I usually pee sitting down: splash problem solved.

I sleep in the nude almost every night, only putting on a tank top if the temp is cold enough that 620 blankets aren't enough. I haven't worn bottoms to bed in something like nine or ten years. Oh, and I've NEVER been able to stand wearing socks to bed; that feels SO unnatural.
I have slept naked since I was 16. The only time I wear something to sleep in is when I stay over someone's house.
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« Reply #70 on: February 13, 2015, 12:11:42 AM »

At least the thread is getting interesting.  People sleeping naked is not interesting, but the growing volume of users wanting talk about their private nakedness on a roads site—that's interesting.

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Re: Strange habits you have
« Reply #71 on: February 13, 2015, 12:21:54 AM »

I never had a problem with the express cook microwave feature. When I was a kid the microwave we had required you to hit "time" and then type in numbers before pressing "start". If you just pushed numbers and then hit start, nothing would happen. I think this was intentional as a sort of babyproofing.

When we got a new microwave with the express cook feature, the standard procedure for manually entering a cook time did not change for me, it just became additionally possible to do it faster for round numbers. I therefore would never think to start just pushing numbers unless I were trying to do express cook.

But as I recently learned, my girlfriend has apparently for years had a microwave with no express cook feature but where you can just type numbers and then hit start. She has gotten caught off guard by my microwave because of this, invoking express cook unintentionally and getting annoyed. Prior to her using my microwave and having this happen I had no idea that could even be an issue for anyone, since I was unaware of the existence of microwaves with the input method she's used to.
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« Reply #72 on: February 13, 2015, 09:51:51 AM »

The problem we have with the microwave is that I frequently use the timer button to time something that's on the stove or in the oven, but my wife seems to have some mental block between the "timer" button and the "time cook" button. I've gotten her to remember that when I'm using the timer she can't hit the "add 30 seconds" button as an "express cook" button because it just adds 30 seconds to the timer, but I cannot seem to get her to remember that she needs to press "time cook" before entering the amount of time to heat something ("time cook"-->amount of time-->"start"). For some reason, she almost invariably hits "timer" instead of "time cook," I guess because you're "timing" the microwave for x amount of time. This, of course, erases the timer I had set for something else. I may just have to give up in frustration and use the other (much less convenient) kitchen timer I have. Our microwave does have "express cook" up to six minutes, but when the timer function is on the express cook doesn't work.

Other strange habit my wife has about which we argue: Squeezing the toothpaste tube from the wrong end. I thought everyone squeezed toothpaste from the bottom (the crimped end opposite where the toothpaste comes out) and flattened the tube as you go up. Not my wife. Picture a tube of Crest toothpaste. The "C" is closer to the end where the toothpaste comes out. She typically squeezes it where the "r" is. This, of course, shoves toothpaste down towards the bottom at the same time some comes out the top, so to me it seems like a silly way to squeeze toothpaste because sooner or later you're going to have to squeeze it from the bottom and flatten it anyway to shove all that toothpaste back up the tube. I wind up flattening it when I brush my teeth, then the next time I go to use the tube it's no longer flat and toothpaste has been shoved back down to the bottom end. It did NOT go over well when I asked her why in the world she does it that way (although she didn't have any real explanation either—it's just how she does it).
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Re: Strange habits you have
« Reply #73 on: February 13, 2015, 09:59:01 AM »

I don't think it is strange, but got commented on the fact I eat foods separately one at a time and I don't let different foods touch on a plate.
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« Reply #74 on: February 13, 2015, 10:06:38 AM »

I collect pens. :bigass:
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