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Meme!

List ten traits that, put together, identify you uniquely. Don't use inherent physical traits (brown hair, blue eyes) unless they're really distinctive (six fingers, born without a spleen). Also, try to avoid "things that I like" - these are the top ten traits that, if anybody else had every single one of them, would make them your twin.


  1. I am a packrat. I save everything. I have two old ponytails, old concert tickets, beat up 1960s Mad magazines, bits of metal, random instruction booklets and computer game installs that last were used on my XT and played on the amber monitor. I am frrequently heard to wail "But what if I need it!" when forced to throw somerthing out.

  2. I do a lot of things, but none of them with full commitment. I make chainmail, but not very often. I draw, but not professional quality. I study martial arts, but I am neither a badass nor a zen master. I am polyamorous, but too antisocial to manage secondary relationships. I'm a goth, but I don't go to clubs very often, nor am I really connected to the scene. I read comics, but neither keep up with the big superheroes, nor enjoy the deep indie comics. I'm bi, but have never slept with a man. I'm a programmer, but I've never written my own compiler. I am on the fringes of countless scenes, and an indsider in none.

  3. I'm quiet. I spend most conversations just sitting and nodding, making the very occasional comment.

  4. I'm fairly closed, emotionally. I don't talk about how I feel, and I don't let people in. This overlaps with #2 and #3. I don't give anything away, and always wait for someone else to make the first move. If you're interested in me romantically, and waiting for me to make the first move, you will have a very long wait.

  5. I'm paranoid. I check shadows to see if I'm being followed too closely, I check reflections to see if there's someone waiting around the corner for me. When I get really keyed up, I even make a point of checking up in case an attacker might be coming from that direction. I'll back away from helping someone because I can't think of a way to do so that wouldn't open me up to a potential attack. I probably could have started dating almost ten years earlier, but I assumed that the girls flirting with me were doing so as part of some kind of nasty joke. I am convinced that most of the world is out to do me harm.

  6. I'm messy. Compulsively so. I get uncomfortable when me space is too tidy; more to the point, messiness is my way of making it "my" space. When I visit other people's places for a day or two, I will usually scatter my stuff around wherever I'm sleeping to mark my territory. I do this more or less unconsciously; it's only in the past few years that I've figured out what I'm up to.

  7. I like to do things myself. I would rather leave a new pair of pants sitting on a table for a month waiting for me to have time to hem them myself than pay someone else to do it. I probably could have made it through my degree at Waterloo instead of dropping out if I'd gone and got help from somewhere when I was in over my head. I hate asking for help, and will spend a lot of time and energy trying to fix things myself if there's even a faint glimmer of hope that I can do it alone.

  8. I hate phones. I don't like calling people at all. I get panic attacks when I have to call people I don't know, or where I don't know who will answer the phone. I don't like having long phone conversations. I've gotten somewhat better about this over time, but I'm very glad that more places are letting me do things online these days.

  9. I look weird. I dress in black 98% of the time. I tweak my appearance as much as possible, changing hair colours, hair amounts, boots, makeup, when I can get away with it, boots, homemade jewelry, and also boots. The only things I'm really tied to are a) black, b) boots, and c) that it be somewhat weird in one way or another.

  10. I tend to respond analytically rather than emotionally. If someone comes to me with a problem, I will try to solve it. This works when the problem is "why does my code not compile", less well when the problem is "why is my lover a dickhead". This is why I still classify myself as an atheist rather than a pagan; I approach the matter with logic and analysis, and can't manage to solve for "faith" or "belief". It also may be part of my confusion dealing with people, since I can't solve for humanity either. (I am a star trek computer)

  11. bonus! I tend to be overwhelmingly negative/pessimistic, as a quick review of these ten items reveals.

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princesspoopy
May. 18th, 2004 07:35 pm (UTC)
curgoth
May. 18th, 2004 07:38 pm (UTC)
Nope. a) wanna keep 'em both, and b) one is dyed to death, and the other has been on a box for almost ten years.
princesspoopy
May. 18th, 2004 08:15 pm (UTC)
okie !
neeuqdrazil
May. 19th, 2004 07:47 am (UTC)
I've suggested this, too.

I love him, but he's a goober sometimes. :)
notshakespeare
May. 19th, 2004 10:06 am (UTC)
That's what happened to my hair!
princesspoopy
May. 19th, 2004 01:27 pm (UTC)
I wish I had known about this organization when I had all my hair cut off a few years back! I watched a bit on Oprah (yes I actually watch it sometimes :P) about Locks Of Love, and was really touched at the difference some pieces of hair made to people's lives.
notshakespeare
May. 19th, 2004 02:44 pm (UTC)
Not to mention the free haircut!
djinnthespazz
May. 18th, 2004 07:59 pm (UTC)
"I probably could have made it through my degree at Waterloo instead of dropping out if I'd gone and got help from somewhere when I was in over my head."

I did this too. Math is hard. Calc based physics SUCKS.

And you don't look weird. You look cute. So there.
athenalindia
May. 19th, 2004 05:42 am (UTC)
I'd just like to state that I also have two old braids of my hair, from the two times it's been cut.

Actually, my mother has them.

But I can get them if I need them!
curgoth
May. 19th, 2004 09:12 am (UTC)
AHA!

My mom has a story about some guy she met through work who would grow braids out, then cut them off, and put them on the wall. I have similar plans for my two, once a get around to it.
notshakespeare
May. 19th, 2004 10:11 am (UTC)
#2 strikes a chord with me. The real reason I hung out in goth clubs was because I was friends with the goths that played in the Vampire LARP I was in.

I have VERTIGO, DC and CBLDF pin on my jean jacket but haven't bought any VERTIGO line comics since... the last Sandman project? If Gaiman hadn't written 1602 I wouldn't have even been in a comic shop this year.

#4 - The longest relationships I've ever had have been with women that weren't afraid to make initial contact.

As for #1, the key is to move often and purge while doing it. I lost 4 years of Wired magazine that way - but why did I need them anyway?
hippybngstockng
May. 20th, 2004 02:34 pm (UTC)
I seem to have a lot of those traits as well- in fact I think I have all but about 3 and I even have those 3 in a little different packaging... :)

I'll have to show you my crap collection sometime- it's alarming.
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