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Six Weird Things

I was tagged by Cat Sparks (catsparx). I can't even remember the last time I was tagged for a meme. So here it is, six weird, odd habit things I do:

1.

I don't wear logos. You can't avoid it sometimes, such as with the little patch all jeans have on the back, but that is mostly covered by shirts and a belt, and anything more obtrusive than that is just not bought. I just don't like logos. I will cut them off shirts that are gifts. This goes as far, even, to the fact that I will not buy band shirts. I will not wear t-shirts that are advertisements, though I have made a few t-shirts, and I'll buy the occasional quirky shirt. Yet, I love logos on shoes. On my Chucks, on my Docs. They're the only shoes I own, and they're logo'd up, and I simply can't imagine them any other way.

2.

I rarely go back on decisions. Right or wrong, once I make my mind up, I'll see it till the bitter end.

3.

I don't like hot drinks. Coffee, tea, whatever you got, really, I don't like hot drinks. In fact, I find it kind of baffling that so many people do. Hot drinks don't warm me up, they don't do anything... they're just hot, and therefor unpleasant to drink. Occasionally I'll have a coffee or something, but I'll always wait until its nearly cold before I begin drinking it.

4.

I never read collections or anthologies in one or two sittings. Quite often, it takes me years to read a collection of short fiction. That's one single collection, mind. I have about twenty I'm about half way through and I'm perfectly happy with this way of doing things. I can't actually understand sitting down and reading a collection or anthology like a novel, anyway, and having a whole bunch round means you just have this huge pool of fiction to pick from.

5.

I only like butter on toast. Melting butter. The idea of putting it on bread just seems to be slightly insane. Unless it's with Vegemite. Vegemite needs butter.

6.

I recently alphabetised all my books. I did this because I no longer have a To Read Pile. Instead, I have an Archive. That way, you see, I don't have to feel guilt about my buying of books outweighing my reading of books. All books, read or unread, have a purpose, and that is to be placed in the archive, where one day they will be read under a multitude of reasons.

I'm not tagging anyone. You wanna do it, do it.

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experimeditor
Sep. 14th, 2006 02:30 am (UTC)
Hmm. Regarding #4 - I find that a *good* anthology with a strong theme can be read, nay, ought to be read, cover to cover or at least in a few sittings. Problem is, most anthologies are not themed, or they don't have a strong enough thread that carries through all the stories.

I think Lev 4 has a fairly consistent mood, if nothing else . . . at least that's (partly) what I was aiming for. But I agree, I cherry pick most anthologies and collections. Rare is the collection or antho that is internally strong enough (between stories, I mean, not the stories themselves) to cause me to read through the whole thing in a few sittings. Brian Evenson's THE WAVERING KNIFE is the most-recently published collection that did that for me.
benpeek
Sep. 14th, 2006 03:47 am (UTC)
yeah, i guess i see your point with themed anthologies. i thought lev four did keep it, and i liked the way that THE NINE MUSES was all laid out--though i've only read the first story in that, it must be said (i got it right before i sat down to write 26lies, and i stopped reading everything then). but still, there was something, i think, in THE NINE MUSES that suggested reading cover to cover.

i haven't read the evenson collection, though i've heard good things about it.
catsparx
Sep. 14th, 2006 05:19 am (UTC)
vegemite does not need butter. I don't have butter with my vegemite and look how classy I am
benpeek
Sep. 14th, 2006 09:47 am (UTC)
yeah, but we all know what kind of weird, freaky, anti butter girl you are ;P
pgtremblay
Sep. 14th, 2006 12:11 pm (UTC)
I hate hot drinks as well.

At long last I've found you!
benpeek
Sep. 14th, 2006 01:04 pm (UTC)
brother!

join us in training midgets to hunt out truffles.
bodhichitta0
Sep. 14th, 2006 04:44 pm (UTC)
Number two made me smile. Number three made me cry. (No coffee? No tea? You obviously live somewhere way too hot. Come here from November til March and you'll be sucking coffee down like me in no time.., :-))
benpeek
Sep. 15th, 2006 12:10 am (UTC)
i'll drink coffee every now and then, but you know... hot drinks. who wants to drink hot fluid?
i_ate_my_crusts
Sep. 14th, 2006 06:42 pm (UTC)
1, 2 and 5 -- hell, yeah. Except, Marmite, not Vegemite. I'm with Cat on Vegemite -- butter-free for the win.
benpeek
Sep. 15th, 2006 12:11 am (UTC)
marmite?!

oh, zara, how far you have fallen.
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