Barbara Johansen Newman tagged me. Eight habits or interesting facts. Thing is, this me-me is almost identical to two other recent ones. So this time, I'll focus on habits. I have lots of em.
I stopped biting my fingernails about three months ago. Before that, I'd been biting my nails ever since my baby teeth broke through my gums and discovered my fingertips. I bit them so low, my fingers looked like nubs. I stopped biting them after realizing how ridiculous I must look driving with one hand while gnawing the other. I don't like to look ridiculous.
Always saying: "Hi, how ya doin'." This is my greeting to everyone. Sometimes I say it several times to the same person throughout the day. A simple hello or a nod of the head would probably suffice, particularly since, most times, I don't really care how the person's doing. Just a habit. I always feel ridiculous afterward. I don't like to feel ridiculous.
Checking my email. I won't say how many times I check it throughout the day. It's ridiculous.
When I come home from work, I take off my socks and toss them where ever. Drives the wife crazy, especially after several days have passed and they are decorating the walls, floors, steps, tables and lamps. But I've been doing this since childhood. Ridiculous?
When I approach a flight of stairs, I run up them. I never walk a flight of stairs unless in public. I don't even realize when I'm doing this until someone calls me on it. This morning, my 5-year-old son and I approached the staircase together. I darted up them faster than a spit wad shot at a math teacher. He yelled at me from below, "Dad! Why do you always run up the stairs?" I just laughed. I look ridiculous when I do this, I know.
Popping my knuckles. They say you shouldn't pop your knuckles, that doing so will cause oversize joints and arthritis. Not true.
Exercise. Maybe this is a good habit. For the most part, I must exercise everyday — run, weight train, yoga, kick box, whatever. Sometimes I go through slumps where I won't exercise for a week or so, but not often.
Listening to Rush Limbaugh. I listen to his show everyday. Been a avid daily listener for about 15 years. When I moved to Austin from Des Moines, my first mission was to find out what station Rush aired on. Ridiculous? No, this is one habit that is definitely not.
The list could go on — coffee, tea, ice cold fermented malt beverages flavored with hops, my iPod — but already, I've revealed a bit too much.
If anything I've said here sounds ridiculous to you, consider yourself tagged.