Sunday, June 8, 2008

Quirky Sunday

Left: Beautiful petunias, at the SC Farmers Market this weekend.


I was tagged (by Jojo) with a quirky meme!

Six quirky things about me:

1) My diet is extremely quirky, and at various times in my life I have likely qualified for orthorexia (obsession with healthy food). I won't eat meat or anything with meat in it, which may or may not qualify as quirky. I usually won't eat anything cooked without something raw added to it. I am currently progressing to a 75% raw diet; I'm at about 50% currently. (Yes, I do suspend the raw/cooked rules when eating out, as well as for vacations, holidays and other special events/occasions, etc. This has succeeded in making these occasions even MORE special, which is a nice bonus.) I also daily partake of drinks like acai juice, kombucha, tulsi tea, aloe vera and other weird stuff. (And I don't care what anyone says, pure noni is gross.)

All of this taken together, probably qualifies as major quirkiness.

2) JoJo admits she talks to herself a lot, and yes, I do too.

3) I sing the guitar parts of songs, if I know them. You've heard of air guitar? I do vocal guitar: Weeee-oooowrunggggg. I try not to be too obnoxious with this, but it's become a sort of personal signature.

4) I would shock all of you if I told you how many supplements I take. It's way out of hand. I've tried to pare it down to essentials like L-Carnitine and antioxidants, you know, IMPORTANT stuff, but invariably, I find everything important. Hey, it's my JOB, okay? (As a result, I also get most of these supplements as free samples and promotions, which is how it all started.)

I could probably stop any time I want! ;)

5) Extreme superstition, which I have methodically and purposefully channeled into (more respectable) religion. Lots of magical thinking. I believe in omens, signs, dreams predicting the future, all that stuff. (I do read the Tarot, after all.) After 50 years, I can assure you: I could not NOT be this way, even if I wholeheartedly wanted to. (PS: I have tried.)

Vanessa (atheist) believes atheism/general lack of belief is a particular "bent" or temperament that some people have, and conversely, that metaphysical belief/mysticism is a "bent" that some people have. I totally understand and appreciate this view. When I have not been consciously religious in my lifetime, I have been virtually ruled by superstition and a genuine fear of fate. If I didn't channel this deep, very strong impulse into something rational (by comparison) and culturally recognizable, I would be a mess. Religion is my catch-all for my various forms of magical thinking, and as they say, it works for me.

I sometimes encounter atheists that I think are forcing themselves to be strictly rational, and even more religious people that I think are forcing themselves to Go By the Book. I wanna say to them: lighten up, and go with what's right for you. You can't force any of that, in my humble opinion.

When you see a shooting star, do you close your eyes and involuntarily make a wish? (Then feel silly afterwards for doing it?) If so, you know what I mean. If you don't, you won't get it.

6) I find it almost impossible to watch a movie without reading at least one review of it. (PS: this doesn't apply to television and never has!) I don't even have to agree with the review, I just have to read it. I can't even tell you how many SPOILERS I have read, over the years. (Certain reviewers, I learned to avoid, because they didn't seem to be able to restrain themselves--yes, I'm looking at you, Roger Ebert!) Mr Daisy thinks it's the most wacko thing I do. (He shares several of my other quirks, you should know.)

This quirk has gotten exponentially worse with the advent of the net, since there are online reviews of every movie ever made... Occasionally, back in the day, I was forced to watch a movie WITHOUT first reading the review, but that hasn't happened in well over a decade.


Here are the Rules:

1. Link the person(s) who tagged you.
2. Mention the rules on your blog.
3. Tell about 6 unspectacular quirks of yours.
4. Tag 6 following bloggers by linking them.
5. Leave a comment on each of the tagged blogs letting them know they’ve been tagged.

I tag the aforementioned Vanessa, as well as Renegade Evolution, white rabbit, Rootie, Shadocat and Nexy!

(If yall don't wanna do it, no problem.)

Listening to: Grateful Dead - Cassidy
via FoxyTunes


Vanessa said...

Right on, I'll do it when I get home.

I've also been thinking about writing a post about atheism, too, but it's something that usually gets people on both sides of the proverbial isle mad when I talk about it, so I've been putting it off. Perhaps the time is now!

But I think you've pretty much nailed it for me there. A lot of my understanding of my feelings on religon has come with my study of cultural anthropology and how all of our behaviors are a complex mix of nature and nurture in varying degrees. I know there's been some study done on parts of the brain that activate with "religious experiences" and stuff, so there's a biological element, but also I can't deny my father's love of science and Carl Segan books didn't influence my current beliefs.

It's complex, I guess.

JoJo said...

LOL!! Wow, you really do eat super healthy! Alas, I could never give up sugar. Or chicken.

As to religion, I'm still foundering about, unsure of what I believe, if anything. I gravitate towards Wicca but I don't practice it at all, despite my many books.

Vanessa said...

I did it!

belledame222 said...

Love the color of those petunias.

I owe about twelve memes, I think.

btw, psst, Daisy, (and anyone), come check out my mega-Female Desire posts (still being updated!)



Mr Pineapples said...

Yo aint MEME-ING me baby.

Yo is some control freakerin'?

Not going to be in your lickle club - no way.

white rabbit said...

Daisy - I'm struggling to think of quirks :-( Maybe I just don't notice them - I shall consult third parties...

white rabbit said...

Okay Daisy - if you don't mind, I' not going to tag anyone else but here's my best shot:

1. I have an interest in antique cricket bats ( as in the game, I
probably have to say to americans)

2. I have a large collection of plastic combs.

3. I once got very romantic in the middle of a herd of deer ( no - not with a deer - pleeeeeeease!!!)

4. Although a white Englishman who has never lived in Jamaica ,I speak and understand Jamaican patois.

5. I use a particular pen to do crosswords.

6. I wear novelty socks when I appear before the Court of Appeal doing my lawyer thing (but not otherwise).

That's my best shot...