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People are Strange especially ME
5 Reasons Why I Think I'm Strange
Member Name: duskmaiden
5 Reasons Why I Think I'm Strange
Advantages: Tak me to Ikea
Disadvantages: Don't take m to a farm
The world would be a very boring place if we were identical clones of each other. We all have our little quirks and idiosyncratic and its time to celebrate them. Some are weirder than others. The weirdest one I can think of is a friend's husband who is a ferry spotter specialissng in Caledonian MacBrayne ferries. I also had a childhood friend who survived on Wee Willie Winky sausages, chips and ice cream (sometimes all on the same plate!). I'm far from perfect myself. I take being slightly mad or weird as a complement nowadays, as I know who I am. And mostly like who I am. To nick a Noel Gallagher lyric "You need to be yourself, You can be no one else" So here's my top five reasons why I think I am strange.
1 I have Never been to Ikea.
I have heard so much about the flat pack shop that's as much a Swedish institution as ABBA and Volvo. I have heard all about the cheap prices, the fabulous range of goods and also the very tasty, reasonable meals in the restaurant . However I have never once entered the doors of this hallowed establishment. I suppose I am curious to visit one sometime. I know there are four in the London area but none are that easy to get to for me as I don't drive.. The Croydon one is probably the nearest one but I've never set foot in Croydon and I am not sure I want to either. The Wembley one would be the easiest one , a is on the Jubilee Line but right up the top of it when I live the other end. Thus I don't see myself going to Ikea in the foreseeable future unless someone nicely gives me a lift.
2.peanut butter by the spoonful
I know peanut butter is a bit of a Marmite food. Some hate it with a passion whilst others like me can't get enough of the claggy, nutty paste. I love nuts anyway and often buy roasted peanuts or cashews for a snack but there is just something so comforting about peanut butter. I blame my passion on my mother being born in Canada. I often had peanut butter sandwiches as a child with various accompanying fillings from banana to jam and later on chocolate spread I wolfed them down .I even had the now probably banned peanut butter and sugar sandwich. (try them it takes the stickiness of the peanut butter away. Sometimes Hershey peanut butter cups do the trick when I need a peanut butter fix on the move. However one of the nicest ways of eating it is with a teaspoon straight from the jar. It has to be crunchy. Smooth peanut butter is just not the same , as the texture is just all wrong. I am not fussed too much by the brand. Sometimes I like the healthier Whole Earth stuff but sometimes a more sugary one hits the spot and I do not discount the supermarkets' own value brands as they are cheap and cheerful;. The only problem with this method of eating peanut butter is if you eat too much from one spoonful and it dries your mouth out making you feel like choking. Hence a glass of water with secret peanut butter feasts is a must.
3.Cream biscuit rituals.
Since we are on he subject of eating I may as well confess there are certain foods I always eat a certain way. It is an extension of the old Cadbury's cream egg ad "How do You Eat Yours". I like to suck peanut m and ms until the shell cracks and the chocolate melts and I'm left with the peanut.. I tend to eat most of the chocolate on a choc ice before the ice cream as well. When it comes to cream biscuits such as custard creams or bourbon creams (I used to call them bon bon creams.) I always have to eat them in pairs as a single biscuit will not do. At the moment . I'm practising with some tasty Marks and Spencer's Crunchy Golden creams. I firstly nibble the top off each of the biscuits then stick the remainder of the biscuits together to make a mega filled biscuit. I then nibble around the remaining biscuit until its mostly cream left. Weird i know but I have one it for years.
4.Chickens are evil
II have a really strange phobia. I am petrified of live chickens and cockerels. I am not sure where it came from but I f used to have dreams that there were chickens living down the bottom of our garden in the fruit patch that would come out and peck and claw me to pieces.. I think they are the most evil looking creatures going with their beady eyes, sharp beaks and claws and even the combs on their heads. I really feel anxious at even the sound of them. I have seen me flee from a children's farm or pets corner if iI can hear or see them. I usually have to have a friend to go ahead so I do not get terrified. I must not be the only one as there is an actual name for the fear of chickens Alektorophobia. The strangest thing is I am ok with cartoon or puppet ones and love the Muppet chickens and the film "Chicken Run.". The even weirder thing is that despite being petrified of them I have not eaten a bit of chicken for over 5 years , as I do not like the way most of them are farmed. Free range organic chicken is expensive so I would rather go without than eat intensively farmed chickens. I also try and eat only free range eggs where possible.
5 Reading Rituals
When it comes to reading books I have developed some little habits. I like to see how many pages I have read each day and from there I like to work out an average reading speed a day and also how long it will take me to finish the book. I also like working out the halfway an quarter way points through the book. I think this may have come about from reading for book groups or when studying when I had to read a book in a certain time period.
So there you go. I hope you do not think i am a grade a fruit cake more a mild eccentric with my little quirks.
Summary: my quirks