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Grrr argh [May. 25th, 2005|12:19 am]
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I know this is obvious if you live in my head for any length of time, but I'm getting pissed off with this.

For some Godforsaken reason, I have to have a certain order to numbers! It's not a problem, yet. But this is getting to the point where it's annoying. I have a certain thing for number.

I have a thing for even numbers... like if I'm eating something small, I prefer to have an even number of them in my mouth. Like Weetos. I've since switched to Porridge. That's solved that one - mainly because it's just a glutenous blob, that happens to be rather sweet and tasty.

One bloody stupid one is where I play 24s with car registrations! For those that don't know. 24s is a card game with 2 players where you strip off any royal cards. So you now have 40 cards in the deck. You shuffle that deck and divide it in half. Each player takes half the deck. The two players then put down two cards from the top of their deck. Using only integer math, and the basic arithmetic operations (add, subtract, multiply and divide) (i.e. countdown style) you have to use ALL four numbers to get the number 24. So, if you get 3, 4, 8, 4 for example you can do it as "(3 * 8) + 4 - 4 = 24". The first person to get it claims the cards, (or the other person takes them...) - first with all the cards (or no cards... depending on how you play it) wins. If there's a set that you can't figure out, or know that can't be done (like a set of 1s), those cards are put to one side and are played for in the next round.

So I'm playing this with car registrations! I'm not sure if this is better or worse than before, when I'd just get the average (so much easier in the UK, only 3 digits (at least when I lived there, they've since changed formats), in Ireland, XX-YY-ZZZZZ where X is an integer for the year, Y is the county code and Z is the unique identifier (at least within that year) - I generally play these games with the last portion, and not the year) of the numbers, and feel less than chipper when I didn't get an integer answer.

And now I find I can't enjoy a game of quake! I've been playing a lot of Quake3 and one of the things is that I notice my character has quite a few stats. Then I decided they have to be nice multiples of 5. Actually, more like nice even multiples of 25... Which I suppose really means multiples of 50. So, I'm running around trying to get the accuracy award 15 times, but none of them should be perfect. But, I know what method will get it. So I follow that. And it's just getting fucking silly!

Instead of enjoying the game, I'm trying to reach a set of scores, and then what can I do? Can I play the game? Probably not, because it'll then mean I'll risk messing up the scores - especially as I've gotten good enough with the rail gun so that I get those "Impressive" awards, I'm quite likely that I'll mess it up, and what will happen then? Will I go on another quest to make those numbers look nice again?

Is it just me, or do others have little quirks like this?
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[User Picture]From: nycelle
2005-05-25 08:10 am (UTC)
I invariably try to impose European dates on Irish car registrations. For instance, I see 93 - D - 11285 and read "93D 1st December 1985" or "11th February 1985".

Only once, in all the years I've been doing this, have I seen my own date of birth - 6284. It was parked at the Maxol garage on Woodbine Road. It was silver. So there.

Glad it's not just me.
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[User Picture]From: nanocreturns
2005-05-25 04:50 pm (UTC)
I think there's something slightly obsessive/compulsive, bordering on the autistic in all of us. With me, it always used to be counting: breaths, steps, numbers of times i swallow in a minute, etc. The thing is, the counting would invariably give way to the repetition of a 3-4 note motif dependant on whatever action I was doing, with each note connected to a particular part of that action. I would thus have to follow a cadential progression.

It's something I sort-of grew out of. Now I just count prime numbers in my head, or attempt to identify elements of the fibonacci series.

I also wash my hands to the point where they are constantly dry and the skin on my knuckles frequently cracks.

You are definitely not alone. The thing is, in my experience most sane people will have such repetative thought processes or compulsive actions. They are only a problem if they control your day-to-day life
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[User Picture]From: mizzpyx
2005-05-25 08:47 pm (UTC)
I count things too. I get annoyed if the amount of things on each side of me is different. I also get a big crazy about breathing in rhythm with whatever is around me, or else in a even fraction of the rhythm of whatever's around me.
Sometimes that one makes my head go dizzy.
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[User Picture]From: nycelle
2005-05-26 08:12 pm (UTC)
For more odd obsessions, have a poke around dailyconfession.com :)

Actually, I just realised we three are only children. I suspect a link. . .

*demands funding for research*
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