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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7740 on: March 20, 2013, 02:27:43 AM »
Stance has several items like that; three socks in a pack, none the same.

http://www.stance.com/shop/harrington-3

I always joke that i have a sock neurosis; they have to match, socks even from the same package are marked so they are always worn as the same pair, i don't like to even wash them separately. It's unsettling to have one of a pair dirty and the other clean. This...i don't like it. I want to go bury my head in the sand. If it was anything but socks, ok ... but i can't deal with that.  :-[ :P ::)<--at me

Can my socks and I come and live with you please?  For about the past fifteen years all my socks have had to be identifiable pairs.  I think my mother was secretly pleased that she no longer found me laying socks out on the railings trying to find the "true" pair of the one I had in my hand.

Sure, you can come, too Between us we can drive Gish and your mom totally crazy :)
It's so nice to know i'm not alone.

Add me to the sock mating party.  I'm absolutely obsessive about matching socks.  If a pair gets really dirty and cleans unevenly, I have to throw them out because they no longer match.  I'm terrible.

DH insists that once a pair of socks have been on his feet that they are permanently a "right" sock or a "left" sock, depending on which foot they were on. He will unroll socks that I have folded from the dryer and inspect the toes of the socks until he finds a right sock and a left sock. I can see no discernible difference, but he says he can feel when a sock is on the wrong foot. Makes my brain hurt...

HE'S RIGHT!  TELL HIM HE'S RIGHT!!!

I have been trying to get the Eagle to understand this for years now.  My toes stretch the ends of the socks out in a specific way.
Left Foot Toe Area: /
Right Foot Toe Area: \

If I put the left foot sock on the right foot, my right big toe is not where my left little toe used to be, and the sock isn't pre-stretched by prior use to accommodate the much longer big toe.  Then, the right little toe is no where the left big toe used to be and there isn't all that extra material in the shoe!  It's annoying!

Add me to that list as well.  I'm not really OCD, but when it comes to socks, I definitely have a few tendencies in that direction.

All of this goes to prove that Terry Pratchett was *RIGHT*!!!  ;D

Can I just point out that after reading this exchange, MY brain hurts? They're only  socks...

MIL bought me a bucket of socks from little miss matched one year...I cried. I felt like I couldn't get rid of them bc they were from MIL, but I had to hide them in the back of the closet and pretend they didn't exist. I was so anxious I nearly threw up several times. I finally got rid of them and the pj pants, but even thinking about it now I can feel my heart racing.


back on topic: It drives me batty when people comment on blogs just to disagree. What really drives me bonkers if when people comment on recipes saying things like "ew, I hate scallops. Not trying this one." Ok, don't try it then. Why go out of your way to ensure that everyone on the internet knows you don't like scallops?
In the United States today, there is a pervasive tendency to treat children as adults, and adults as children.  The options of children are thus steadily expanded, while those of adults are progressively constricted.  The result is unruly children and childish adults.  ~Thomas Szasz

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7741 on: March 20, 2013, 09:22:44 AM »
Little Miss Matched socks?  I'd have called them "Dobby Socks"....

I prefer matched socks - but if I were in Orlando, getting ready to go to Universal Islands of Adventure, I'd be looking for two DIFFERENT socks to wear.......just for fun.
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7742 on: March 20, 2013, 09:27:32 AM »
HA!  Reminds me of a children's book with a scene of a church supper.  The girl wondered if it was right to bring devil's food cake to church.

I remember that one too...and there was something else about her making custard pies and adding a generous pinch of baking powder to the crust, because she had overheard that this would make the crust better, and then because the custard wasn't heavy enough to hold down the crust, it floated to the top, so she had upside down pies-which everyone ended up liking, after an initial reluctance to try them, because crust on the bottom would have gotten soggy, but the crust on top stayed crisp and flaky.

Now, what was the name of that book???? I'm trying so hard to remember.  But I do know that such a book exists.

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7743 on: March 20, 2013, 09:43:57 AM »
This should probably go in the "Stupid Question" thread . . . but how did Deviled eggs get their name any way?

http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2182/whats-up-with-deviled-eggs-ham-etc

Quick answer to why we call them deviled eggs, ham, etc.

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7744 on: March 20, 2013, 10:07:11 AM »
I intentionally buy lots of identical socks so I don't have to spend time matching. Black trouser socks go in a pile, white athletic socks go in a pile, and knee-highs (my trick so I don't have to wear pantyhose with my suits :)) go in another pile. When I want to wear some, I just grab two from the right pile!

Ah socks....I used to love pretty socks, but now I can't wear anything but white cotton.  Any dyes cause my feet to smell like old cheese, so it's white cotton for me, forever.
And...as a diabetic, I finally broke down and bought diabetic socks  (diabeticsocks4less.com).
I bought 24 pairs.  I'll never have to buy socks again.

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7745 on: March 20, 2013, 10:10:40 AM »
HA!  Reminds me of a children's book with a scene of a church supper.  The girl wondered if it was right to bring devil's food cake to church.

I remember that one too...and there was something else about her making custard pies and adding a generous pinch of baking powder to the crust, because she had overheard that this would make the crust better, and then because the custard wasn't heavy enough to hold down the crust, it floated to the top, so she had upside down pies-which everyone ended up liking, after an initial reluctance to try them, because crust on the bottom would have gotten soggy, but the crust on top stayed crisp and flaky.

Now, what was the name of that book???? I'm trying so hard to remember.  But I do know that such a book exists.

I have no idea, but I read it too!

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7746 on: March 20, 2013, 10:17:55 AM »
Little Miss Matched socks?  I'd have called them "Dobby Socks"....

I prefer matched socks - but if I were in Orlando, getting ready to go to Universal Islands of Adventure, I'd be looking for two DIFFERENT socks to wear.......just for fun.

I would wear mismatched socks with you, we could have some butterbeer.

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7747 on: March 20, 2013, 10:46:58 AM »
I don't care about socks, but my strong feelings on silverware hurt my family's brains en mass.

They have to be organized just right. If they aren't organized the way I like them it kills me. And I know when they're off. Once, I walked into the kitchen during a party and could not drag my eyes from the silverware drawer. After about five minutes I finally opened it to find that someone had put a knife in the wrong way round. A few weeks ago I spent a week on edge before I found that someone had put our smallest, wimpiest fork(which has its own spot, thank you) had been placed with the good forks. It's like I have a psychic link with the cutlery.

My family enjoys screwing with me over it. Of course, given the number of instructional rants I go on about it...
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7748 on: March 20, 2013, 10:48:40 AM »
There are people who advocate that the standard greeting "hello" should be changed to "heaveno."

In fact, in 1997, the coiner of the greeting convinced a town to mandate that its employees use that greeting.  Texas town says goodbye to 'hello'.

Holy brain-break Batman!

Coming soon:

Heaven-icopter
Heaven-iport
Heaven-iotrope
Heaven-ium
Heaven-m
Heaven-met
Heaven-p
Heaven-pful
Heaving-ping


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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7749 on: March 20, 2013, 10:55:50 AM »
HA!  Reminds me of a children's book with a scene of a church supper.  The girl wondered if it was right to bring devil's food cake to church.

I remember that one too...and there was something else about her making custard pies and adding a generous pinch of baking powder to the crust, because she had overheard that this would make the crust better, and then because the custard wasn't heavy enough to hold down the crust, it floated to the top, so she had upside down pies-which everyone ended up liking, after an initial reluctance to try them, because crust on the bottom would have gotten soggy, but the crust on top stayed crisp and flaky.

Now, what was the name of that book???? I'm trying so hard to remember.  But I do know that such a book exists.

I have no idea, but I read it too!
Emily's Runaway Imagination, by Beverly Cleary.
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7750 on: March 20, 2013, 11:04:16 AM »
HA!  Reminds me of a children's book with a scene of a church supper.  The girl wondered if it was right to bring devil's food cake to church.

I remember that one too...and there was something else about her making custard pies and adding a generous pinch of baking powder to the crust, because she had overheard that this would make the crust better, and then because the custard wasn't heavy enough to hold down the crust, it floated to the top, so she had upside down pies-which everyone ended up liking, after an initial reluctance to try them, because crust on the bottom would have gotten soggy, but the crust on top stayed crisp and flaky.

Now, what was the name of that book???? I'm trying so hard to remember.  But I do know that such a book exists.

I have no idea, but I read it too!
Emily's Runaway Imagination, by Beverly Cleary.
Love the drunk pigs and bleached plowhorse. :)

Oh yes, thank you!

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7751 on: March 20, 2013, 11:19:15 AM »
One tangent about silverware, and then I'll cease threadjacking  :D

My cutlery and plates/bowls cannot have patterns on them.  I hate patterning, and the closer to simple I can get the better.  I've got some great glass bowls that are just bowls.  No flowers, no decorations, just bowls.  And I found some great cutlery at Target that's just a plain metal handle on each piece, with design.  They are beautiful.  :)
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7752 on: March 20, 2013, 11:23:48 AM »
I don't care about socks, but my strong feelings on silverware hurt my family's brains en mass.

They have to be organized just right. If they aren't organized the way I like them it kills me. And I know when they're off. Once, I walked into the kitchen during a party and could not drag my eyes from the silverware drawer. After about five minutes I finally opened it to find that someone had put a knife in the wrong way round. A few weeks ago I spent a week on edge before I found that someone had put our smallest, wimpiest fork(which has its own spot, thank you) had been placed with the good forks. It's like I have a psychic link with the cutlery.

My family enjoys screwing with me over it. Of course, given the number of instructional rants I go on about it...

Love it! I am pretty laissez-faire about a lot of things now, less so when I was younger. I love the Miss Matched non-matching socks and my silverware and dishes are all random because I got most of them as hand-me-downs.

I do keep my cereal boxes in the fridge, though. This freaks people out sometimes. I started doing it years ago because I literally did not have any other place to store an open cereal box in my tiny kitchen. Now I find it convenient because they're right next to the milk, and the cereal is cold. I don't like room-temperature cereal anymore. This leads to brain-hurting exchanges like, "No, we can't detour, we have to go straight home from the grocery store so I can put my cereal in the fridge!" Oh wait...

My friend and her family make my brain hurt with their domestic preferences. My friend was complaining once about her DH doing the laundry wrong--he'd put the towels in the washer, but he wasn't going to put the hand towels in then because he said they hadn't been used. She agreed they hadn't been used, but pointed out that if he washed the (matching) bath towels and hand towels a different number of times, eventually the color of the more-washed ones would fade, and then the two groups wouldn't match anymore. She explained this to a group of us like it was the most natural thing in the world, and we all just stared at her, because none of the rest of us had ever considered such a thing. Frankly I was thinking how awesome it was that her DH had, voluntarily, done everything else about the laundry correctly, and she had to nitpick on this one thing.

But then I went to visit her parents, and they're the same way. They have two different colors of dishes--think Fiestaware in dark and light--and they stack them in alternating colors in the cabinet, so they can easily lay them out in alternating colors on the table. And when dirty they put them in alternating colors in the dishwasher. At one meal they handed me a plate of one color, realized where I planned to sit, and took the plate away and gave me one of the other color. I was like  :o.

They are all really nice people, though, they just have their funny quirks as do we all. :) My dad is really persnickety about how dishes go in the dishwasher, he'll come along after my mom has loaded it and rearrange things before running it.
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7753 on: March 20, 2013, 11:36:47 AM »
My friend and her family make my brain hurt with their domestic preferences. My friend was complaining once about her DH doing the laundry wrong--he'd put the towels in the washer, but he wasn't going to put the hand towels in then because he said they hadn't been used. She agreed they hadn't been used, but pointed out that if he washed the (matching) bath towels and hand towels a different number of times, eventually the color of the more-washed ones would fade, and then the two groups wouldn't match anymore. She explained this to a group of us like it was the most natural thing in the world, and we all just stared at her, because none of the rest of us had ever considered such a thing. Frankly I was thinking how awesome it was that her DH had, voluntarily, done everything else about the laundry correctly, and she had to nitpick on this one thing.

I'm kind of with her.  If I had a set of hand towels I cared about, I'd probably want the whole set to match, and if there's any color to them at all, it makes sense that they'd fade eventually.  The other alternative is to replace them every couple of years... much easier to put it all in together.  Mind you, I wouldn't complain about it, I'd just point it out to M and that would probably be it.  But it does make sense.
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7754 on: March 20, 2013, 11:37:13 AM »
For the longest time the stories that a friend of mine told about her parents' kitchen eccentricies made my brain hurt, then, after years of story telling she finally told me that her parents are Hasidic Jews, so all of of the stories about two separate sets of dishes and when they built a new house, two separate kitchens.  None of it is brain hurty once you realize that these people kept the strictest of Kosher.