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September 29, 2013
By John Sheda ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

A couple of weeks ago, I did a column on "idioms." It went over so well that I decided to stay with letter "I." So today we're talking about idiosyncrasies which according to the dictionary is "a characteristic or mannerism that is particular or unique to an individual." I mentioned this to Deb, saying that I didn't have any particular mannerisms that are unique to just me, but she began coughing and gasping for air. This suggested that perhaps I was wrong. I will get to mine later but here are a few others I came across.

Athletes have all kinds of idiosyncrasies, (superstitions would be a better word). Wade Boggs, former major league baseball player one day ate some chicken before a game and went got four hits that game. So, for the rest of his playing career, his wife always had to make some kind of meal that had chicken in it. Boggs had a ton of other habits which are even odder than the chicken thing. Remember Pete Maravich, one of the highest scoring basketball players in college history? He apparently wore the same socks throughout his three-year collegiate career. They had to be sewn and re-sewn many times to keep them intact.

President Ronald Reagan, as many of you know, was quite fond of jelly beans and during his tenure as President, he always had a large bowl of them on his desk. In fact, he specifically had the company he got them from start making blueberry jelly beans so he could have the jar sometimes filled with only red, white and blue ones. And how about his for a visual aid, President John Quincy Adams skinny-dipped in the Potomac River every day at 5 am. In fact, a female reporter found out about this and sat on his clothes until he would grant her an interview. With that being said, she became the very first female to interview a President. I'm assuming he was dressed!!

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And did you know that in Nascar racing, green cars are considered bad luck. Oh, and they always are supposed to turn left too!! There is a friend of mine who eats her M&M's in a specific color basis. Now that's odd. Another person always unplugs their appliances when they leave the house for any long period of time. Do you do that? Another friend of mine pours a little water in his salad dressing when it is almost empty in order to get every single drop out of it. Ya, I do that now!!! His wife also washes and re-uses their zip-lock bags. Too much work for me on that one.

But here are a few of my idiosyncrasies:

I don't know if this is an odd habit or just Murphy's law thingy, but Deb and I like to take an afternoon off every now and then and go to a movie. The theater is usually about empty, but invariably, at the last minute a couple will come in and sit down right in front of us. After a few minutes, we quietly get up and move to higher ground.

When driving, I am a huge "lane-changer." Actually at Wal-Mart or anywhere else too. Deb gets in her lane miles ahead of her destination and never deviates from that lane.

Hate to admit this one, but I've been caught sometimes having a conversation to myself. Ya, I actually talk back and forth....with myself. I even laugh at my jokes over and over!!

This one scares me. I absolutely hate sleeping or being alone at night. I gotta go first Deb, 'cuz I'll never sleep is Deb goes first!! I hear all kinds of noises and just when I think that it can't be anything, I think of Charles Manson. I know....I'm a "scaredy cat."

I very, very seldom will watch a movie twice. Unless it's "A Few Good Men." I have that one memorized line for line.

I picked this one up from my brother....when I sneeze without having a handkerchief or Kleenex, I lift out the top of my shirt and sneeze inside on my chest! Gross, I know but it's better that sneezing on you. I have a huge & loud & moist sneeze. Just bein' honest!! Deb is not too fond of this idiosyncrasy.

So, what are a few of your weird habits? Did you notice that I did not include any of Deb's idiosyncrasies in this article? I've been often accused of being a little crazy but I'm not completely dumb. But she does have this one habit.........NOPE, not gonna share it.

But if you want to know what it is or if you wanna share a couple of yours, email me at or call me at 319-327-4640. Love to hear them. In a couple of weeks, its "PHOBIA" time!!

Until then, have a super week and be blest!!



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