GreatEye (great_eye) wrote,
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10 weirdthings/habits/little known facts

I woke up tonight and can't get back to sleep. Since it has been a while (since before I got this job) since this has happened, and nothing is bothering me at the moment, I'm assuming the cold meds I took last night to fight off allergies are to blame.

So I thought I'd take this time and do the 10 things meme I've seen around - just 'cause I want to.

1. Touch sensitive (or temperature sensitive?) elevator buttons or ATM pads or things do not respond to my touch more often than not. Really, it can take up to 10 tries, using different fingers to get the things to activate. It is worse when the weather is cold. I thought I read once that .5% or 5% (memory fails me) of the population have this problem, but I can't find the statistic to confirm this. It makes me feel weird to have people witness this, like I'm not actually human, but an alien.

2. I do not see out of my right eye, I do not hear out of my left ear and I can not taste anything on the right side of my tongue. That means no visual depth of field (I don't know what people mean by 3 dimensions, what I see in a real world, and what I see on a movie screen look the same to me). That's probably kinda handy for a photographer! This means no ability to figure out the direction a sound is coming from (watch me roam the house looking for that cell phone.) But being deaf in one ear is awfully handy when sleeping in a noisy environment. And, there really is no downside to the taste thing, cause if I keep a taste in my mouth long enough for it to trigger my sense of smell and the saliva moves around my mouth - I don't notice the taste thing, but if I pop a taste I don't like on the right side of my tongue and quickly swallow - I don't have to taste a thing.

3. I studied Latin for 5 and 1/2 years, and studied classical Greek for 4.

4. I have grown at least 2 inches in the past two decades. In college I was 5'2 and 1/2. In about 1995 I came in at 5'3 and 1/2 during a physical. Last year my husband measured my height at 5'4 and 1/2. (I was so disbelieving, he did it several times and marked the wall to show me.)

5. I did not know I was a cum laude honors graduate from law school until months later when they mailed me my diploma 'cause I didn't bother going to the graduation ceremony.

6. The number of guys I have dated in my life is numbered in the single digits. (I did not go on my first date until I was in college, and except for one guy after college, all the dates I've been on were during my college years. And, although over 3/4 of my life has been spent in Chicago, I never had a date (or even been asked on a date) in Illinois.)

7. I love to shovel snow.

8. I spent a summer in Italy to learn Italian, and lived with an Italian family who knew no English. (Funny true story from that time; The first morning, the mother asked me if I wanted my milk hot or cold. Knowing very little Italian, I mixed up the two words and asked for hot milk. I ended up drinking hot milk for breakfast every morning that summer, as she never asked me again and I never felt my Italian was good enough to explain the mistake to her.)

9. The first time I saw the Wizard of Oz on a color TV I was in college (we did not have a color TV in my house growing up.). When Dorothy arrived in Oz and the movie went to color I exclaimed 'OOH, look it is in color!' to the everlasting amusement of everyone else in the community TV room. Imagine that, almost 50 years after it was made, I was probably as excited and surprised by the color as the folks who saw it in 1939.

10. I was counted in the Turkish census of 1990. (I was in Turkey at the time, and everyone in the country on census day was included in their count, tourists and all.)
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