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Jul 18, 2007

Ten Weird Things About Me(me)

Per the Jerry tag, here is a drunken baker's ten weird (or at least distinctive) things about me, in no particular order:

  1. Headaches make me forget that analgesics exist.
  2. I am sort of homeless.  I sold my house two years ago with plans to buy elsewhere but then plans changed, and I turned into a full-time housesitter.  I use my parents' place for a permanent address and a place to store my books and off-season clothes.  Patty dubbed this the "home-free lifestyle".
  3. My parents invented my first name (Philindo) and my paternal grandfather invented my last name.  I'm the only person I know who owns the domain names for my first and last name.
  4. When I'm with a bunch of white people, I think I'm white.  When I'm with a bunch of black people, I think I'm black.  When I'm with a bunch of New Yorkers, I think I'm a New Yorker.  Etc. etc.
  5. I live on West Coast time but I do it on the East Coast (i.e., I tend to go to bed at 2 a.m. and wake at 11 a.m.).
  6. My fingers bend way back.  (See pic).
  7. Seeing how I've worn a black t-shirt 6 days a week for the last two years, I'm surprised that no one has ever asked me why.
  8. I sleep with earplugs and with a t-shirt over my head to keep out the light.  For years, I would often have difficulty falling asleep because I was anxious that something (like a telephone or a car alarm) would wake me up in the middle of the night and that I'd have trouble falling back to sleep. Things have improved.
  9. When I send text messages, I try to 2 use fwr kystrks by drping vwls whr I cn.  The weird thing is that if I've accidentally texted out "a few complete words like this", I often compulsively delete those fully written words and re-text "a few cmplt wrds lyk ths."  You know, to save effort.
  10. I have chest hair on my left side only.
  11. I had some persistent, occasional RLS (restless leg syndrome) for many years and was finally diagnosed in January 2006.  I took the pills for a week, but they didn't seem to do anything -- the RLS was still acting up half of the days that week.  So I quit taking the pills.  And whaddya know, the RLS has been pretty much absent ever since then.  Geez, I hope I haven't jinxed this.
  12. I used to be a semi-competent and competitive tennis player.  But now if I take a month or two off, it will take me fifteen minutes of spastic approximation before I can predict whether my forehands will stay inside the fence.
  13. I cannot remember faces to save my life, but I can recognize a TV show or movie from a nano-second glance at the screen.  It doesn't matter if I only saw the movie once, ten years ago: flash me a frame or two and I'll recognize it. 

So, there you are.  I'm supposed to tag other people but I'm feeling lazy.  If you'd like to self-tag, please let us know through the comments.

Marianne and Gina have also heeded Jerry's call.

12:38 AM in Misc.Blog 2007 | Permalink


I love this list, Phil. I may try to noodle over a similar (but unique to me) list of my own. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by: Lisa | Jul 18, 2007 2:01:15 AM

if your RLS comes back, the People's Pharmacy say you can relieve the symptoms by putting a bar of soap under the bottom sheet of your bed. It sounds ridiculous but they've gotten tons of comments to their website from people who swear it works.

Posted by: Sarah | Jul 18, 2007 8:29:55 AM

My fingers are the same way. Really freaks people out, doesn't it?

Phil, this was a particularly insightful list of goodness. Thanks.

Posted by: Stew | Jul 18, 2007 9:14:13 AM

My son's fingers are like that too! Why DO you wear a black t-shirt almost every day?

Posted by: Marianne | Jul 19, 2007 9:31:22 AM

Lisa - please do write!

Sarah - WHERE do you PUT the soap?!

Stew -- Thanks! (blush a bit). You're welcome!

Marianne -- Thank you for asking :-) Several reasons, I think:

(1) Black t-shirts are stylish AND style-neutral. they always work.

(2) Black t-shirts in the "new" wicking materials from Champion and others don't show sweat marks. This is a real bonus for people who sweat a lot, like me.

(3) Wearing the same thing nearly every day reduces the amount of thinking I have to do. And I never have to worry about "gee, when was the last time I wore this green and red plaid shirt -- I'd hate to wear it twice in one month." No one notices the black t-shirt. I love that.

Oh and yes, it often IS easier to be a guy.

Posted by: Phil | Jul 20, 2007 2:26:50 AM

Alright, meme-sion accomplished!

Posted by: Elrond Hubbard | Jul 28, 2007 4:25:28 PM