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Monday, October 24, 2005

A Hard Lesson In Quirkitude

Here's one for ya . . .

The Management here at Procrastination Station has been invited to participate in a lil' experiment by none other than the ever popular and bewilderingly responsive Sadie Lou. According to the lingo on the street, I'm pretty sure that I've just been "tagged", but apparently my street cred has been circling the drain ever since I tried to resurrect the word "booyah" and got called on it. Pretty soon the kids will be laughing at me behind my back when I hit the dance floor and try to "Churn the Butter".

Is nothing sacred?

Ok then, the assignment is to list some endearing little quirks about myself. This should be interesting . . .

- I have a couple of hygiene hang-ups . . . I don't like long fingernails on guys, so I try and keep mine clipped pretty short. You will rarely find any white on my fingernails. I also don't really like unwieldy, bushy eyebrows on guys, so I try and keep mine orderly and manageable. I don't go on any extended pluckfests like some girls might, but I do comb through them regularly.

- I have a few food hang-ups . . . When ordering a hamburger, I either get just meat and ketchup OR lettuce, tomato and mustard. It just depends upon what kind of mood I'm in. When I eat chips and salsa, I prefer warm (heated-up) salsa. I don't like strawberry icecream by itself, but it is my favorite part of Neapolitan icecream. I can't stand most white, creamy things such as mayonnaise, cream cheese, sour cream and cottage cheese. Whenever I make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, I always like for the jelly to be on top. I have no reason for this, other than it just seems logical to me (even though it is wholly illogical in every conceivable way.)

- I also have some general hang-ups . . . Whenever I'm lucky enough to find a pair of blue jeans that fits really good, I will save the tag in case I need or want to get another pair of the exact same brand and size. I like to be reading at least two books at any given time. I prefer "Jeopardy" to "Wheel of Fortune" - I always feel sorry for the dude who spins a "bankruptcy" on his first spin and then never gets another chance until the last 17 seconds of the show. I have gone to rock concerts by myself.

And last but not least, I actually like the song "Sailing" by Christopher Cross. I know, I know. Something must be terribly wrong with me, right?

Well, thanks to Sadie Lou for applying the tag. I must say that prior to this very moment, I did not consider myself to be anything other than normal. But, after having painstakingly laid all of this out for everyone to read, I realize that I am actually a giant quivering ball of spastic quirkitude.

Ben O.

Btw - I tag Terri in Dublin, Lingo in Canada and Undr in Georgia. Sorry guys, but failure to participate will result in failure to participate.


Blogger Sadie Lou said...

Yay! That was fun! *jumping up and down and clapping my hands--which is no small feat since it's very early in the morning*
I think the weirdest things you listed is the going to rock concerts by yourself and eating heated-up salsa. You're a freak.
I saw a preview for this movie that has Luke Wilson in it and I liked this line he says:
"You have a freak flag, you just don't wave it."
Well I have a freak flag too and I wave it with gusto.
Thanks for doing the tag--I hope it didn't cramp your style too much.

6:11 AM  
Blogger Henry said...

I totally love salsa--but only cold.

6:30 AM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Could it be that you two are the actual freaks because you refuse to convert to the darkside and heat up your salsa? I think yes.

No problem, it was fun in fact. (Just so you know, I wasn't ingnoring you . . . I was away, but I wanted to post the putt putt score card first.)

Ben O.

7:48 AM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Hey - I thought of something else I do that is entirely too quirky to not be mentioned (in fact, in the field of psychology this is probably cause for worry).

Whenever I buy a new item of clothing I always lay it out and totally check it for any loose strings or any blemish and remove them all before I even think of wearing it.

Ben O.

8:13 AM  
Blogger Henry said...

"Sailing" ?
Everytime I hear that I think of the time Newman booked Christopher Cross for his Newmanium party back in 1979.

Thanks for the smile.

And I too will save this list for the cold case detectives when you go on the lam

8:16 AM  
Blogger Henry said...

1979 was when he booked him-not when his party was.
Sorry that wasnt clear


8:17 AM  
Blogger Sadie Lou said...

You are kinda meticulous about your clothes. I need to go shopping. I hate my clothes right now.

"Saaaaaaailing, takes me awaaaay..."

I know it's crazy. But it's true.

8:51 AM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

The funny thing is that I am really not a spaz . . . I'm actually pretty laid back. I guess I just want to avoid standing around at a party with a giant string hanging off the back of my pants like a tail.

I always thought Christopher Cross's voice sounded like a woman's voice.

Ben O.

9:49 AM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

I prefer "Jeopardy" to "Wheel of Fortune"

I tried to get on Jeopardy once. Found out you need an address near L.A. I wasn't close enough.

3:08 PM  
Blogger Underachiever said...

holy crap! say it ain't so Benny! D'oh.

I will do my best.

Undr(the assistant management)

8:36 PM  
Blogger Nonny said...

Thanks Ben, I really feel like I know you a little better, I happen to embrace all peoples eccentricities, otherwise the world would be a very boring place.

6:55 AM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Zombster - are you kidding or did you really go for it? I tried out for a gameshow once. It was a new show based on the Foodnetwork show called Unwrapped (that show where they go behind the scenes of all different types of food.) The gameshow was going to be called Trivia Unwrapped and it was actually going to be filmed right here in Denver, so naturally I had to go tryout. I made it to the final round of tryouts, but they never called me back. I was sad until I saw a few episodes on TV . . . it stunk and only ran for one season.

Undr - that's what ya get for having such a cute picture on your comments. I love Charlie Brown. It isn't as bad as it seems. I actually had fun when Sadie tagged me with it.

Nonny - I agree . . . as cool as it sounds, the World would probably suck if it was inhabited soley by Ben Os. One is enough, thank you.

Ben O. (The one and only)

9:53 AM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

You aren't the only person I "know" who doesn't like white, creamy foods.

And thanks, I now I have Christopher Cross in my head.

10:33 AM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Kathleen - that is so interesting that you put know in " "s. I looked at it and thought about it and then I realized that nobody actually knows anyone out here on the internet, unless you did before you logged on. Thought provoking . . . or not.

For me, if it is white and creamy, but isn't sweet (icecream, etc) then I am not into it.

Ben O.

Word Identification -

pevqu = a new Swedish conglomerate that specializes in plastic disposable "single-use" mp3 players. I see them taking over the world.

11:18 AM  
Blogger Henry said...

Main Entry: boo-yaa
Part of Speech: interjection
Definition: an exclamation of excitement or celebration
Etymology: imitative of the sound a shotgun makes; popularized by gangsta rap group, Boo-Yaa Tribe

I tried booyah--but it asked me "did you mean boo-yaa"

who are the boo-yaa tribe? Man i'm old.
But still nothing about if its "out" yet.
Still working on that.

the sound a shotgun makes?
Don't know about that...

12:59 PM  
Blogger Henry said...

word verification:

Isnt that where the Blues Brothers played at the end of the movie?
Lake Huzopnmy

1:00 PM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Henry - funny stuff.

I have never heard of the Boo yahh tribe. I wouldn't be surprised if it was actually a group of hoodlums hanging out after school that just decided to call themselves a "tribe".

I'm certainly no expert, but I have discharged a shotgun and it doesn't say booyah. It makes a loud banging noise. Who came up with that crapola anyway?

The Blues Brothers is awesome - "Boy, did you get my Cheese Whiz?"

Ben O.

1:24 PM  
Blogger Sadie Lou said...

Hey, I see you have King's latest work: The Chicago Kid on your blog...my mom said she won't let me read it because the ending frustrated her so badly.

4:47 PM  
Blogger Lingo Slinger said...

K... I'm gonna do mine now. What do I do just list my quirks? Is there any protocol to this?

8:19 PM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Sadie - I actually just finished "The Colorado Kid" tonight and the ending is a tad frustrating, but I liked the story. King is great - I think alot of people are turned off by his reputation, but he is actually a great writer.

Lingo - so good to hear from you. Yep, just list some quirks and mention that I put you up to it. It should be fun. I'm already looking forward to hearing all about it.

Ben O.

9:59 PM  
Blogger Sadie Lou said...

I LOVE Stephen King. His series The Dark Tower is one of my all time favorite reads. have you read it? I also loved
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
The Shining
The Stand
Salem's Lot
The Long Green Mile
The Eyes of the Dragon
and that one that Stand By Me was based on
and the short story that the Shawshank Redemption was based on. I can't remember their titles because I read them in book of collected short stories.
Have you read any of those?
Oh, I forgot Thinner

2:37 PM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

I've read quite a few of King's books. I am not as into the Gunslinger as some people are . . . I've read it, but I prefer his other stuff. Bag of Bones was really good. I also liked The Stand, The Dead Zone, Insomnia, Hearts in Atlantis, The Green Mile, Gerald's Game. I like his short story collections as well. The one you are thinking of is called Different Seasons - it has 4 stories corresponding to the 4 seasons. Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, The Body (Stand by Me is based on this one), Apt Pupil and another one that I think is called Breathing Lessons, but I might be mistaken on that.

Colorado Kid is pretty cool too. It was his first book for a pulp crime story publisher called Hard Case Crime. Nice.

Ben O.

4:11 PM  
Blogger shipkicker said...

haha i went to motley crue by myself. oh yeah, and the ladies appreciate the short, clean finger nails and 'neat' (notice i did not say overly groomed) eyebrows. no one wants to get scratched with daggar nails while making out with a monobrowed warm salsa eater.

12:20 AM  
Blogger cherish said...

I totally agree with the creamy stuff, ugghh.... mayo is my biggest phobia I can not stand for mayo to touch my skin, but I hate cream cheese and sour cream.

5:40 AM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Hey and Welcome to the PS Shipkicker and Cherish.

Shipkicker (I love the name) - I was into the Crue back in the day, but I never saw them . . . I've been to see Joe Satriani and RUSH all by my lonesome. I just couldn't find anyone who wanted to pony up the $$ to go see them. They are sort of acquired tastes, I admit. I had a blast, however.

Cherish - I don't even understand why anyone in the history of the universe would ever think to themselves . . . "You know, that chunky, disgusting looking goop might be kinda tasty . . . I think I'll have a large, heaping bowl of cottage cheese, please." Boggles the mind actually.

Ben O.

9:11 AM  
Blogger Sadie Lou said...

Funny, I hated Insomnia, Hearts in Atlantis and Bag of Bones.
Hey, did you read Black House? Or was it Dark House? Either way, it was the sacriest book he's written in awhile. The villan was an old man and you know how scary old men can be.
Thanks for the titles of those short stories--I'm gonna read 'em again cuz I read those in highschool.

10:14 AM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

I really liked the actual short story in Hearts in Atlantis called Hearts in Atlantis. I totally connected with those guys playing hearts all the time and watching everything else go by the wayside.

Bag of Bones was so good, I guess it takes all kinds. I just finished From a Buick 8 - that was different.

Ben O.

12:10 PM  
Blogger Sadie Lou said...

Oh I liked that one...

did you read Black House?

12:51 PM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

I never read that one . . . isn't it a cooperative effort with another author? Peter Straub maybe.

Here is the list of what I have read (of King's stuff) -

The Shining (1977)
The Stand (1978)
Night Shift (1978)
The Dead Zone (1979)
Firestarter (1980)
Cujo (1981)
The Dark Tower I - The Gunslinger (1982)
Cycle of the Werewolf (1984)
It (1986)
Misery (1987)
The Dark Tower II - The Drawing of the Three (1987)
The Dark Half (1989)
The Dark Tower III - The Waste Lands (1991)
Needful Things (1991)
Gerald's Game (1992)
Dolores Claiborne (1992)
Nightmares and Dreamscapes (1993)
Insomnia (1994)
Rose Madder (1995)
The Regulators (1996)
The Green Mile (1996)
Bag of Bones (1998)
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (1999)
Hearts in Atlantis (1999)
On Writing (2000)
From a Buick 8 (2002)

Wow - I've devoted quite a bit of time to the dude's work. He is a great writer though.

Ben O.

Word Identification -

reeyp = that little laugh that sort of sneaks out when you are completely tickled at something or someone but trying not to laugh.

5:34 PM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Totally forgot Colorado Kid . . . I just finished it.

Really good - don't listen to yo momma . . . go ahead and read it.

Ben O.

5:35 PM  

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