Who’s the Oddball?

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A few weeks ago, I wrote about three times when family members caught me daydreaming. I realized I tend to provide a great deal of entertainment for my relatives, so I posed this question to my follow bloggers: “Do you have any habits that your family or friends consider odd?”

In my case, “family and friends” almost always boils down to my children. They’re the most easily embarrassed when I exhibit the following habits, although I’ve heard occasional remarks from others.

Eating: I have an eclectic appetite, but unless I’m eating a casserole or at a buffet or potluck, I have to finish all the different foods on my plate at the same time. When I get down to the last few bites of each dish, I make sure I have an equal number of pieces of meat, vegetable, and starch so that I’m not left with one thing to eat at the end. I’m not sure why I do this. I guess I don’t want one of them to be left behind.

Museums, etc: I like to read every word on every sign and every plaque. That annoys my kids sometimes because it takes me longer to get through. Also, when I’m on a guided tour, I like to be able to hear everything the guide says and get annoyed when I can’t. I wonder if this is because I spent so much time teaching children who didn’t pay attention to what I had to say. On the other hand, I suppose this is a form of FOMO – Fear of Missing Out.

Daily Routine: Every day, I watch Jeopardy! Recently, I’ve discovered that I can watch recordings of the episodes I’ve missed on YouTube, so as soon as I get home from band or orchestra rehearsal or any other evening activity, I open my iPad and watch that day’s episode. Sometimes my family and friends will indulge me and let me watch when I’m with them, but they have the annoying habit of talking, and then I can’t hear the questions and answers. Frankly, I’d prefer to watch it later – alone – in my quiet home rather than see the show with them.

I write thank you notes and send birthday cards. I guess no one really considers this odd, but it’s something no one else in the family seems inclined to do.

I take pictures of almost everything. Every family gathering, every concert, sports event, and birthday. They used to complain, until we lost a few family members and no one had pictures except me.

I suppose there are other habits I have that my kids don’t like. A former habit was checking my phone all the time, because I don’t want to ignore an important message. My watch solved a lot of that – I get a tap on the wrist when someone sends me a message or calls me, and a quick glance tells me whether or not I need to respond right away. Another habit I’ve developed lately is playing word games and solitaire on my phone and iPad. My day is not complete until I’ve reached the daily goals set by the app. I guess it’s a good thing I don’t need as much sleep as I used to. I figure as long as I’m still able to get done the things I need to, then the things I choose to spend my time on are my own business.

What are habits your family and friends view as odd?


About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Kiyono/e/B0067PSM5C/
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11 Responses to Who’s the Oddball?

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    Well, I don’t consider you “odd” in the least. It’ll be Hound Day before you see my list, but suffice it to say I’m on the same “page” with you in several of these.
    However, since this won’t be a spoiler for Thursday’s post: though I used to be a photo-journalist and once had a nice Pentax SLR camera… somewhere along the line I fell out of taking photos.
    About that time, everybody in my family had a digital camera and dealing with film and prints was an expensive hassle. Before I could transition to a digital camera, nearly everybody had a phone camera. I’m just now (as in last autumn) getting used to taking snapshots on my newish phone.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      So did your family consider you odd for being later to embrace digital photos? Sometimes I’m teased for doing things the “old school” way.

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      • Jeff Salter says:

        absolutely. I would not — even now — have a so-called “smart” phone… except that our phone provider phased out service for the older 3G version I had with a slide-out keyboard.

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  2. Elaine Cantrell says:

    We all have our little quirks. I’ve just accepted mine and don’t worry about them.

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  3. Oh, gosh.I have always been considered ODD!

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  4. I think your list is interesting. Reading everything while at a museum could be time consuming but I’m sure that you allow extra time when making plans to go to such places since you know yourself so well.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I usually try to resign myself to the fact that I’m not going to be able to read EVERYTHING, but if I’m going alone or with someone else who likes to learn things, I’ll definitely allow extra time for reading!


  5. L M English says:

    I love pens – gel pens, ball point pens but especially fountain pens. I prefer blue ink over black every time. I have lots of other quirks, but my fountain pen collection is really out of hand.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I love fountain pens! I got my first one when I was around ten, along with my first diary. I filled in so many days in that diary, but the ink bled through so entries that are back-to-back are hard to read. Blue ink is definitely the best with those pens!

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