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January 18, 2006

the 5 weird habits of jimbo

It's a good thing I'm generally blank on what to blog about this week, as I'm "working from home" as I had a dental appointment in DC this morning, and the haul back to work would have cut the day in half. So I will actually work today. Xena, Warrior Dental Hygenist, drew plenty of inadvertent blood while prodding my gums, but I feel like a happy grouper having been to the cleaner shrimp station at the coral reef at least.

From Homer's blog, a rare MeMe thingy from me:

Name five weird habits:

1). I love cleaning my ears with Q-Tips. If I don't get my ears probed with Q-Tips at least once a week I start to get cranky.

2). I have to start sleep with my head sandwiched between two pillows, back flat to the mattress. I don't know why.

3). I like to nap on the Metrorail ride home from work. Once boarding the train, I put my elbow on the window sill, chin in palm and will actually sleep. I have missed my stop on occasion, but more often arrive at U Street rested but dazed.

4). Breakfast is my biggest meal of the day. It's the reason why I get to work so late. I'm trying to switch over my toast and cereal to oatmeal, however.

5). I have to start my workout with a resounding crack of my back on the vertical abs crunch machine. Otherwise I feel like I haven't started right.

Most of these aren't that weird, but I told you I'm having a blogging block.

Posted by jimbo at January 18, 2006 2:54 PM


I also do the pillow-sandwhiching thing, it's probably something to do with reducing sensory stimulation so it's easier to go to sleep?

Posted by: jagged canary at January 18, 2006 7:31 PM

Sometimes I cannot get the QTip in far enough. (not meant to sound as pervy as it does) Like there is an itch in my brain and the Qtip just needs to go there. Not a good idea, eh?

Posted by: xolondon at January 18, 2006 8:51 PM

I have to clean my ears with Q Tips every single day, otherwise my ears just feel gross (I make way too much wax).

Posted by: homer at January 18, 2006 8:54 PM

If I am by myself I need to do the same thing though I am a stomach sleeper so I basically clutch one pillow in each arm and leave enough room for air...

I'd kill for one of those massage tables with a cutout for your face... i could sleep so much easier that way (plus wouldn't be as bad for my neck!)

Posted by: TOS at January 18, 2006 9:12 PM

oatmeal's good stuff in the morning. If you keep a big jar of applesauce in the fridge, you can throw a couple spoonfuls in the oatmeal which will cool it down so you can eat it quicker and also knock off a daily serving from the fruit food group.

Posted by: Andy at January 18, 2006 11:36 PM

Wierd on the pillow thing...I have found myself doing that lately as well. And my bedroom is as quiet and dark as can be (for the hills of LA). I think it's not so much reducing sensory stimulation but changing the stimulation - ie: pressure. Like having a quilt on the foot of the bed feels good - just on the other end. And I think it's a winter/dark thing 'cause in the summer, phuck that sh1t...turn on the fan (no A/C - going from cold to hot just gives you a cold) and give me a single sheet and pillow.

Once a week for the Q-tips? Man...the daily Q-tip treatment makes my day. Just like your pet loves to be scratched...

Posted by: buk at January 18, 2006 11:38 PM

Another earQTipper here but I gotta do it on a daily basis.

Posted by: Lee at January 19, 2006 6:01 AM

I'm with the commenters who Q-tip's daily...feels so good

Posted by: LARRY at January 19, 2006 8:39 AM

Cleaning your ears is better than sex. That's what we used to say when I worked at a summer camp in the Rocky Mountains at least. Considering that we went often for 7 days without anything but a solar shower, ear hygeine became an obsession. Before long trips abroad, I have had last minute panic attacks at the airport lest I have to go for a few days without my Q-Tips. It's not that hard to say Q-Tips in Japanese though.

I don't have to crack my back in a special way, but I totally understand the workout ritual thing. I don't feel right unless I do my crunches BEFORE I lift.

Posted by: Bryan at January 19, 2006 10:37 AM