- when i make my bed, the pillows must be evenly centered on the bed.
- thanks to an ex, i now check to see that my alarm is set–at least twice.
- the coffee table must be evenly lined atop the rug, which must then be evenly lined up against the couch.
- i count my steps, more than i care to admit.
- i separate the colors of food items: tri-color tortellini, m&m’s, skittles, etc.
- i organize displays while waiting in line at the grocery store.
yes, i really do these things. yes, i’m sure there are many more. and yes, it’s OK to laugh.
i often joke about my idiosyncrasies as part of a mild case of OCD, but recognize what i consider neurotic is merely a fly on a drop in the bucket compared to the sickness shared by millions of americans. but when i stood in line at border’s on saturday, waiting to pay for my mound of magazines and push (i might as well read the book while i wait for precious to make it to upstate new york), a special little book caught my eye: i am neurotic (and so are you). why i didn’t add it to my stack, i’ll never know. but there’s always tomorrow. and there’s always the web site.
wait, what? there’s a web site devoted to sharing our neuroses with the interwebs, much like post secret* and group hug have already done so well? yep. well, shit. just add it to the list of awesome i had no clue existed.
*great story about post secret and its creator frank warren: when he spoke at the SXSW interactive conference in 2008, a former co-worker/buddy of mine, anthony armendariz, from dallas managed to finagle his way on stage (i’m still unclear how) where he proposed to his lady. adorable, i know.