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i • d • i • o • syn • cra • sy

1. A structural or behavioral characteristic peculiar to an individual or group.
2. A physiological or temperamental peculiarity.
3. An unusual individual reaction to food or a drug.

List 5 of your own idiosyncrasies!

1) The name thing: I can't remember names, faces, people. It's extreme. Sometimes people don't notice, because I'm pretty good at bluffing and making well-timed vague noises and pretending to recognize someone. That embarrassing moment where you can't remember if you've met someone, happens to me every time I deal with someone I don't see on at least a weekly basis. Particularly if they're not where I expect to meet them. I've actually dated someone for a month without actually knowing their name. Most of the time, I don't even know if I've met someone unless I've dealt with them for several months, and lost the one girl I maybe had a chance with in my senior year at high school when she ran into me in Houston and I didn't know who she was.

2) Hate long sleeve dress shirts. Hate them. Mother made me wear plaid button-downs throughout junior high school. About twice a year I'll actually get my white button-down and look dapper, but mostly I dress from a deep-seated hostility toward sensible clothing.

3) I'm really nervous about anyone seeing me shaving. My usual fix for this is to only shave about twice a week. Never had the "okay, son, this is how this process works" with my father, didn't want to admit to needing a razor. At my last house the bathroom was seperate from my bedroom. In my current house, the master bedroom and sink are connected. This actually has affected my comfort level in someone sharing the master bedroom with me. I think this is tied into a deep desire to be seen as basically perfect, or possibly as "not actually human."

4) I love having songs stuck in my head. MP3 technology and programmable CD players have been a great boon to me, letting me loop songs--even a 30-second demo fragment of a song--for *hours.*

5) This a minor thing (much smaller than, say, obsessively collecting hyena merchandise and Jack Chick tracts, but why go for the obvious) -- I don't like fruit. Specifically, strawberries and peaches make me gag, and I don't trust plums and oranges. I don't *mind* bananas, particularly in a dessert, but they're not in my top 20 foods. I'm okay with apples and grapes, but the strawberries and peaches thing a lot of people find shocking.

TAG! sdocat, baktre, kannah, poppinjaye, flippantmoniker


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Sep. 13th, 2005 03:37 pm (UTC)
*sees the first one and all I can now think about is "Mulva"*
Sep. 14th, 2005 06:01 am (UTC)
Sep. 14th, 2005 06:21 pm (UTC)
older tv reference from Seinfeld. They had a whole epsiode dedicated to him dating a girl for a month but not knowing her name; all he knew was it rhymed with a female body part so he started up blurting out Mulva, Bovary, etc in hopes it was right.
Sep. 13th, 2005 05:08 pm (UTC)
Wow, the fruit one comes as a shocker, yeah.

I'm weird about fruit too, only things I'll go out of my way to eat fresh are figs, nectarines and pineapple. Biting into apple skin feels like biting into tinfoil, so I largely avoid apples. I LOATHE fresh bananas, but banana flavor doesn't bother me as much. I'll have strawberries sometimes, but only if there's sugar or chocolate or shortcake involved. And oranges don't have enough flesh, just that flavorless skin stuff that forms the slices of juice.

So urgh, yeah, fruit=bleh to me too.
Sep. 14th, 2005 05:53 am (UTC)
I still don't mind apples, but they are a little more effort than I'd like to put into my food (the same reason I generally don't eat fried chicken). I'm totally with you on oranges, though if someone bothers segmenting one I'll nibble on it a bit. Fruit just seems like so much work!

Except grapes. Grapes are beautiful things.
Sep. 13th, 2005 05:20 pm (UTC)
The New Pink
Sounds to me like you've the Aspergers.
Sep. 13th, 2005 06:19 pm (UTC)
Re: The New Pink
I can't rule it out, but it's certainly a case that's treatable with caffeine and light massage :)
Sep. 13th, 2005 10:34 pm (UTC)
Re: The New Pink
Way too outgoing and able to handle himself socially. That and I can't see anything in that list that would be indicative of Apserger's in the first place.
Sep. 14th, 2005 06:01 am (UTC)
Re: The New Pink
A lot of the traits could have applied to me in high school, but I think I had "anti-social dork disorder," not a form of autism. The single biggest trait I resonate to is that I have some problems with transition and change, and get seriously bent out of shape if someone adjusts my plans for me--but, yeah, the main diagnostic for that one seems to be social behavior.

Elements of Asperger seem common to anyone that picked up a persecution complex in middle-high school. You can pick up some of the patterns from being intelligent and not trusting anybody. But that's stuff you can wean yourself off of, given sufficient friends and a couple of whacks to the head :)
Sep. 14th, 2005 08:39 am (UTC)
Re: The New Pink
Yup. I should know about the persecution complex thing, heh. It's just not Asperger's. It's more of a long term issue generated by having little to no control over things that happen to you.
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