Monday, June 12, 2017

Mild annoyances

I am the first to admit I have my quirks.

I'm not full blown anal-retentive, but I am mildly so. I might have gone all the way had I married someone that way, but I did not. While my spouse can be highly organized when it comes to planning -- whether it's her next day's activities, a party or a trip -- she's pretty relaxed when it comes to order and organization around the house.

And that is not in a bad way at all. She just does not get worked up over everything having to be in its place all the time. Our house has always been neat, tidy and clean, but when our children were young and one of them had a room that was messy over a period of time, she didn't sweat it.

This made her a great mom. She can look back and know she took time to be a student of her children and emphasize their strengths, and she did an incredible job. The occasional unmade bed or messy room didn't scar them for life.

I, on the other hand, was always the more nervous type. If I passed by one of their rooms and the bed was unmade, I would usually just stop and make it. And I might have picked up some clothes off the floor while I was at it.

I know, I know, I wasn't doing them any favors by doing that but it made me feel better, even if the room was otherwise a disaster, to see the bed made. I probably missed some great times with my children, taking time to make their bed rather than helping them to do it, or just forgetting it and doing something more meaningful with them.

Even today, I can't stand an unmade bed. If for some reason we have to get up in a hurry and run out to do something, and don't return until near bedtime (a rare occurrence, but it will happen every so often), I will make the bed before I have to unmake it to go to sleep. It's just one of those things.

I tell you to this introduce the main topics which are somewhat, but not completely, related.

The first is the shorthand people use in texting. Examples are "R U going tonight?" rather than "Are you going tonight?" "K" rather than "OK;" and "C U later" rather than "See you later."

I also detest the acronyms such as "IDK" (I don't know), "LMK" (Let me know) and those silly ones like "LOL" and "LMAO."

I don't know why this so annoys me, but it does. I just don't understand why you would not take the second longer it takes to spell something out. I'm trying to get better about not letting this bother me, but with limited success.

The other topic is related, I guess, because it also deals with technology. Maybe this has not arrived where you live. It was pretty common in Europe and Canada, I believe, before it got to the U.S.

It's little tablet computers that are used as cash registers. I am seeing them used increasingly in walk-up restaurants and even sometimes in ones where you order from the table. The restaurant employee will hand it to you and it will show the amount owed. If you are paying with a card, you have the opportunity to choose the amount of the tip.

This is all fine until it comes to the signature. You have to do with your finger and it's virtually impossible, for me at least, to write legibly. It's just a scribble, and that drives me crazy.

What's the big deal, you might be thinking, since most folks just scribble their signature anyway.

Well, not me. When I have to write my name, I write it in longhand and it is legible. I don't just write the initials and draw a line from there.

It's that mild anal-retentive thing again, and I just don't see it going away.

I'm sure people behind me in line are annoyed when I try to write my name legibly with my finger, because it sure takes longer, but they are going to have to deal with it.

So far, I have not required therapy for these quirks and my family members still seem to love me.

And as I said, I don't see this changing at this stage of the game.


sage said...

I'm like you with making the bed. If I am the last up, I make it up when I get up even if it is 5:30 AM... Yet I do laugh (but not LMAO) at how people get uptight about the use of short-hand in texting. I got my amateur radio license when I was 13 and through high school was active using CW (Morse code) and many of these recent acronyms go back to the teletype and Morse code. However, with the new iPhone, I don't use them very often because the phone takes my shorthand and converts it to full words! Take care and hang loose!

Ed said...

I've said it in the past and I'll say it again, you HAVE to be my older brother! Although I can walk past an unmade bed without making it, I am the neat one in my family. I always put everything back in its spot when I'm done using it and I have to swallow my tongue on the weekend when my wife wants to have a family cleaning session to pick up all the things she and the kids have left out over the course of the week.

I also always type out my words on the phone. What really got me is that I got my mom introduced to a smart phone and texting and it wasn't but a few weeks later she was abbreviating like a teenager!

Bob said...

Yeah, Sage, I definitely need to loosen up and I'm reminded of that regularly by family members! I am trying and I make most of these comments with tongue in cheek.

Ed -- maybe a family reunion of sorts is in order for us!

Kelly said...

Some of this I can relate to, some not. I hated making my bed when growing up (do you remember my Holiday Inn beds?). There was an article in the Reader's Digest that said it's actually good to leave your bed unmade, but at this point in life I find that hard to do.

I will use the occasional abbreviation when texting (I often use 'K' and will use 'tho'), but hate seeing R and U. It's just too easy to type 'are' and 'you'. I've been known to use some of the phrase abbreviations (OMG, SMH, and yes...WFT), but never LOL or LMAO. Instead, my daughter and I type out our laughs (ahahah, bahaha, ha), depending on the degree or type of laugh needed. I'll admit you had me looking back at some of our recent text exchanges to make sure I hadn't offended in any way! (and I'll also admit I get carried away with exclamation points). Ahaha.

Kelly said...

Looking back at my comment, that should have been WTF! (and I guess that obviously means I shouldn't be saying that, even in abbreviations!)

Bob said...

And hahaha to you, Kelly! Believe me, I know I need to lighten up!