Something Quirky This Way Comes.

I've always been a right weirdo and proud of it. In any case, stith-gaaru has tagged me to actually elaborate on my weirdo-ness,  so wi...

I've always been a right weirdo and proud of it. In any case, stith-gaaru has tagged me to actually elaborate on my weirdo-ness,  so without much ado, here goes:

1. I count everything. And I have to have it down in even numbers. I cannot stand odd numbers other than 5.  My obsession with even numbers even makes me buy stuff that way. When I'm eating Kit-Kat, I cannot eat just one segment and leave the other three. I have to have two or I finish the whole thing. Hell, even when I sevichufy (prostrate, for all you non-tamils) I do it in even numbers. If I'm timing something and I finish it, I make sure I press "end timer" ONLY when its on 0 or a 5. This is one of the reasons I enter panic mode if any of my problems (accounts/costing/math) don't have a perfect answer and come in decimals. I sit and rework the entire problem in order to convince myself that I did do it right.

2. I have this commentary running in my head throughout. Its this weird voice talking about everything around me, with me. When the voice switches on (which is pretty much most of the time), I switch off, or space out. I'm pretty much in head's little talk show most of the time. And the inner voice person is really funny too. Which is why lots of people catch me sitting with a smug smile in my face for no apparent reason.
Sometimes I'm spaced out for days.


3. When I wake up, I stare at the ceiling fan for 5 full minutes. And see it spin. Somehow my day doesn't start right if I don't do the staring thing. It's where I get to contemplate about the things that I should have said, shouldn't have said, should have said but didn't, shouldn't have said but did, should never say but invariably end up saying, should always say but never, and yea, you get the picture. 

4. I don't store data in my head. I store media. I take pictures. I direct commercials, music videos and movies. I can write entire screenplays off little incidents in my life. And somehow, I remember the stupidest of details, even the impossibly minute ones. Let me remind you that the incredible memory works only when I'm not spaced out. When I'm in my own world, there could be a giant billboard on Mount Road proclaiming me to be the Royal Queen of England and I wouldn't have noticed.

5. When people are upset, they do a lot of things to get it out of their system. Some write it out, some scream it out. I sleep it out. If I'm upset about something, the first thing I do is go to bed. And sleep. Life automatically becomes enjoyable when you close your eyes.

6. I cannot stand partially closed doors or windows. It has to be fully closed or fully open. This almost closed/open business irritates the hell out of me. I go out of my way to make sure the door is closed because otherwise I get distracted and jittery. 

These are only 6 quirks of course. I have plenty more, and I'm still discovering!
And you're up to take the tag. It's plenty fun.

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26 comments

  1. "Sometimes I'm spaced out for days."

    Finally explains everything.

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  2. ugh, i don't even wanna start on my twelve hundred quirks list, I'm too scared I'll find out that I'm more of a weirdo than I already think i am :P

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  3. 'gaaru' aa? Aiyyoooo! That and aal naat needed amma! so much resfutt naat nessary! It is ok! You can call me 'sthith'.
    Anyway, coming to the prostrations, you do know you're not supposed to do them in even numbers, right? It has to be odd. That's why it's always 3, 5, 7, 11 and the like. It's this quirk our ancestors had and hence forbade all future generations from doing it in even numbers. :P I share your visual memory quirk. I store everything in visuals rather than auditory inputs. Also the commentary quirk. I have item songs also in between, as a respite from a depressing commentary, if I'm having one. Nice no? :D :P

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  4. I'm glad you did this, explains a lot of things!

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  5. sleep it out..idhathan sleep over it nu solluvangalo..

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  6. You're not alone. I talk to myself out loud all the time. Welcome to the community. Its nice to see a fellow out of spaced citizen. :)

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  7. Ha ha ha.. Nice post. first time here. Enjoyed it.
    I guess a lot of people have these qualities. Call them idiosyncrasies :)
    I cant stand a fan or a light switched on in an empty room, I keep playing the guitar on my arms pretending i was holding one.
    Constantly dream that i'm a rockstar etc etc
    Nice blog

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  8. heheheh nice quirks ...specially the closed door one and the staring-at-the cieling fan one ....

    Prashanti.

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  9. @v
    it does, doesn't it?

    @lemonade
    :P Actually i have tons more to write including my obsession with neatness in my notebooks but I was afraid I'd scare people.

    @stith
    actually in our sampradayam, we're supposed to do it in even numbers. My mom told me, its a tam-iyengar thing apparently. :D

    @max
    you aint seen nothing yet!

    @adi
    maybe :)

    @dilip
    good to know :)

    @vibhushan
    thanks! and keep coming! :)

    @prashanti
    thanks! :)

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  10. extremely quirky these, but then its also human nature i guess. a lot of people sleep when they are upset or angry u know. and sevichufy - that is such an iyengarish term :)

    when i was a little boy, i had heard somewhere, aattukkum maattukkum rendu kombu, iyengar saamikku moonu kombu :D

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  11. The countin thing same same :) i gt off the treadmill only whn iv done whole numbr of calories! :D

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  12. Wow! You're so lucky to have such wonderful quirks. My wife has the even number quirk too, except that when it comes to serving me jamuns on the extremely rare occasions they are brought home, she adheres to the school of thought that zero is an even number, which it is not.

    Actually, I always wanted to have a quirk. There used to be this really brainy chap at college who used to reason out stuff like maths aloud. He would sit in a corner and mumble away. Every one knew he was Einstein's aulaad which gave him immunity in exams. I thought I would imitate him. And when I spent my next study leave at home, I did the reasoning aloud thing.
    Next I know, my dad (who is a doctor) invited a professional colleage, a psychiatrist home for dinner. Said shrink engaged me in long conversations about how college life is, whether I had experimented with drugs and so on. It was only next morning that my mom, poor innocent soul, gave the game away, telling me that it was okay to miss the exams, but daddy and she would like me to spend a couple of weeks in Bombay. I had one hell of a time explaining my way out of it.

    Quirks!

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  13. wow some obsessions these are:)songs keep playing in my head all day...it starts in my sleep also. i get somme song in my dream sometimes and it carries on through the day..

    but great to know am not the only wierdo in the world

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  14. heya! i have this constant commentary in my head too!! and i sleep it out toO!! and amazing post..

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  15. it sure was quirky, sema patience to write all this :)

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  16. I have never really had a quirk as such and it would seem strange but I always liked things to be whole and not half-way like a square rather than three perpendicular lines.
    But now that I think of this many other such quirks seem to keep popping up.
    I guess thats a kind of quirk too!

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  17. I can't stand other people pulling a door which says "push" or pushing a door which says "pull", but I love doing it myself.I just can't syand seeing it.

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  18. I have never really had a quirk as such and it would seem strange but I always liked things to be whole and not half-way like a square rather than three perpendicular lines.
    But now that I think of this many other such quirks seem to keep popping up.
    I guess thats a kind of quirk too!

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  19. heya! i have this constant commentary in my head too!! and i sleep it out toO!! and amazing post..

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  20. extremely quirky these, but then its also human nature i guess. a lot of people sleep when they are upset or angry u know. and sevichufy - that is such an iyengarish term :)

    when i was a little boy, i had heard somewhere, aattukkum maattukkum rendu kombu, iyengar saamikku moonu kombu :D

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  21. @v
    it does, doesn't it?

    @lemonade
    :P Actually i have tons more to write including my obsession with neatness in my notebooks but I was afraid I'd scare people.

    @stith
    actually in our sampradayam, we're supposed to do it in even numbers. My mom told me, its a tam-iyengar thing apparently. :D

    @max
    you aint seen nothing yet!

    @adi
    maybe :)

    @dilip
    good to know :)

    @vibhushan
    thanks! and keep coming! :)

    @prashanti
    thanks! :)

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  22. Ha ha ha.. Nice post. first time here. Enjoyed it.
    I guess a lot of people have these qualities. Call them idiosyncrasies :)
    I cant stand a fan or a light switched on in an empty room, I keep playing the guitar on my arms pretending i was holding one.
    Constantly dream that i'm a rockstar etc etc
    Nice blog

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  23. sleep it out..idhathan sleep over it nu solluvangalo..

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