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Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic tells us: "Until I pointed it out, my other half use to hang out the washing making sure that both pegs were the same colour. Now she goes out of her way to make sure they never match." Tell us about bizarre rituals, habits and OCD-like behaviour.

(, Thu 1 Jul 2010, 12:33)
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I've spent all week wanting to reply but nearly always leave it to the night before the QOTW runs out. I have lots of bad habits...

1) locking my car and checking the door handles in multiples of 5 (usually 5 lots of 5)
2) doing things the same number of times with each body part i.e. if I knock something with my right hand, I have to with my left but it has to be with the same force, if not, I do it until it balances and if it over balances, i then correct it with my right
3) I cannot physically wear odd socks
4) I have to sleep with windows wide open all year round (except when it's raining when I can pull them in a little
5) I cannot sleep with the curtains pulled as I feel it stops the fresh air from the open windows coming in
6) at tense moments I hold my breath without realising it and it's only as I start to black out I remember to start breathing again
7a) there is lino in a corrider at work laid in 2m strips, i have to take a step with each foot (and only one step) on each segment
7b) when I reach the door and swipe through there is a 3 foot bit of carpet, then a mat, then 1ft of carpet then another door. I have to take one step with each foot on each different floor texture change
8a) I can only take a no.2 in my own home toilet (except in extreme dodgy stomach incidents)
8b) I can only do no.2's naked (except when in extreme circumstances where getting starkers in a public loo seems weird)
8c) I only (normally) go for no. 2's before a shower
9) when I lock my phone, I have to check 3 times that the keypad is definitely locked - which can even result in me locking and unlocking the keypad numerous times just to make sure
10) I have to get into bed from the same side and if I get in on the other, I have to get out on that side, run around the bed and get in from the other instead
11) if I check doors x amount of times then walk away and forget I have checked them, I have to run back and check again - the only 2 times I didn't bother thinking I'd done it, I left my car unlocked all day in a car park in Brum (everything was somehow still there!)
12) I have to follow the same morning routine or I can't wake up all day (get up, wee, coffee + check emails, shower). If I don't shower at least in the mornings, I will feel groggy all day
13) if I'm cooking, it has to all be done my way so if someone tries to help, they have to do it the way I want it done or the meal doesn't feel 'right'
14) if I 'click' something on one side of my body, the same part on the other side has to be clicked as well - made even more infuriating if a hip or knee clicks and the other side won't
15) I can't take products from the front of a shelf in the supermarket
16) I have to constantly check my phone for messages even though I know at work I get no reception and won't have any anyway but if i don't check I worry someone may have tried desperately to contact me with bad news and I may have missed the call
17) when I urinate in a public urinal and it's one of those rectangular metal trays, I have to pee completely covering whole sections (with no dry spots) or someone will die
18a) when being OCD like with foot steps, the harder I think about taking the right number of steps the more I think something bad will happen if i don't
18b) same applies as 18a but when holding breath during task, if I have to breathe in or out before I'm done, something bad will happen
19) when I drive, I have full concentration and my eyes are always on the road but when I get to my destination, I couldn't tell you anything about the drive...
20) when I turn my lights out before I go to sleep (or the last light in the house) I have to have my eyes shut, if they're open, I have to turn the light on and do it again

I think I'll stop there for now, Jesus - didn't think I had any till I started writing!
(, Wed 7 Jul 2010, 23:03, 2 replies)
RE :8b)
I too could only curl one out whilst completely naked from waist down. Trousers off, shoes off, socks off otherwise it didnt feel right and i couldnt go. Ever since i was a child i had this habit, only managed to kick it in past 2 years..im now 31.
(, Thu 8 Jul 2010, 6:03, closed)
About the driving thing
I know exactly what you mean, by the time you've finished concentrating on what you're doing, what everyone else is doing and where you're going there's very little time to think about how to drive is going and that.
(, Thu 8 Jul 2010, 13:34, closed)

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