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Rob tagged me for the five weird habits meme. I have no idea why, as I am completely free of weird habits. Nevertheless, I'll try and come up with some. Legal disclosure, with some editing:

The Rules: The first player of this game starts with the topic "five weird habits" and people who get tagged need to write an entry about their five weird habits as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose the next five people to be tagged and link to their web journals. Don't forget to leave a comment in their blog or journal that says "You have been tagged" (assuming they take comments) and tell them to read yours.

Play, don't play. It's all good.

  1. My father and I have a complicated handshake that we only use with each other. I don't remember when it started, only that it evolved into being sometime when I was eleven or twelve, and makes us look like we're members of a secret society. Perhaps the Icy Black Handshake of Death. To the best of my knowledge, the only other person who knows how this handshake goes is Lisa, who saw it once and (naturally) asked about it.
  2. My sleeping arrangements have gotten pretty complicated in recent years. I have to have the fan on (for the sound), a cat propped against one of my legs (usually Andy), and the shape of Lisa in bed next to me. If Lisa is out of town, I rearrange her pillows longways so there's a vague human profile for me to sense. If Andy hasn't come to bed, I have to go get him. And if the power is out or the fan is broken, I'm in trouble. The only way to get around all three requirements is to be sleeping in a completely strange place to begin with, such as a hotel room.
  3. Whenever I'm visiting someplace for a few days, one of the first things I do is check the phone book to see if there are any used bookstores in town. If I have some free time during the visit, I will want to go to one or more of these bookstores.
  4. Related to the travel out of town thing, I'm also quite likely to buy a couple maps of the area, even if I don't have a car. If someone goes on vacation someplace and asks if they can buy me a souvenir, I always want a map. Postcards are also good, but maps are key.
  5. I talk to the TV set. I yell at commercials that annoy me, swear at certain politicians & celebrities, and God forbid I watch something like the Presidential debates. This bugs Lisa no end, but I do it when she's not even in the house. I'm not talking to her, I'm talking to the TV. The thing that kills me about this habit is that my grandfather did it, and it always annoyed me. Now I do it. Must be genetic.

See? These habits are perfectly normal. Normal, I say!

What? Quit looking at me!