Daily Prompt: Quirk of Habit

Which quirky habit annoys you the most, and what quirky habit do you love — in yourself, or others.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us QUIRKY.

 It’s very annoying when there are so many annoying habits to choose from. I don’t know a lot of people who have ‘quirky habits’, however. There are so many plain, average yet annoying habits that I do and stop doing all the time, but I can’t think of one that is particularly quirky. There is one thing, however, that I find odd and particularly indecent, and that’s when you’re in a public toilet, for instance in a train station, and you see men who are pissing in a toilet with the cubicle door wide open. Sometimes all you see is a whole row of guys facing the wall standing with their legs apart – it’s both annoying and hilarious, depending on your mood.

The reason I find this habit annoying I think is because there are often urinals free when they do this, and also because a cubicle door is meant to be shut when in use! There is a large number of men who do this I think (as you can tell I’m not one of them). I even have friends who, when I go to see them to talk, will walk off to the loo, still talking to me, and take a W.C break mid conversation with the door wide open! I laugh at the memories actually, but I just think it’s kind of indecent, as well as being kind of quirky.

Another quirky habit I find annoying that I do personally is leaving books on my bedside table after I read them at night. This is something that I have been doing as long as I can remember, and it results in a large pile of books materializing every week which I then have to put away on my bookshelves (which are in fact in alphabetical order to help me find things). I’m not exaggerating when I say this takes a needlessly long time – I will often have up to twenty books to put away at the end of a week. It’s something I’ve tried to stop doing, however by the time I stop reading it’s often past midnight or in the small hours of the morning, I’m tired, and I just can’t bear to leave the warmth of the bed.

These two quirky habits between them are very annoying indeed, and I’ve grown to despise them.

However, on the contrary, there are some quirky habits I love. For example, some of my friends are very organised and get into very constructive habits very quickly. The best one of these is probably the one I like to call “The Efficiency Mechanism”. It’s extraordinary I think. This habit is basically where you are at home, and you plan ahead, perhaps for hours in the future, and brings stuff up and down the stairs, in and out of rooms, so that you have everything you need, where you need it hours before you do it. I’m constantly running up and down stairs, fetching thesauruses and dictionaries. I dream of developing such a habit as “The Efficiency Mechanism” – it must save so much time! However I think there is a mindset best suited to this kind of long-term planning, perhaps not my own.

That would certainly be quirky.

Other quirky habits (my ‘related content’ gadget thing has disappeared so if anyone knows how to get that back up and running, as well as the automatic tag suggestions, please leave your advice in the comments! Thanks!):

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  39. Children’s Oddities | A mom’s blog
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Daily Prompt: Fast Forward

E-bookIf you could fast forward to a specific date in the future, when would it be?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us FORWARD.

 Today I’m taking a very literature-related approach to the Daily Prompt. I am a big fan of paper books. I have never read through an e-book in my life, and I never plan to buy any. There is a whole experience to be had when you read books. As for me, I had just started reading ‘Neuromancer’ by William Gibson, the story on which ‘The Matrix’ was based on, but I had to put it away because I found it too dense a read for what I wanted. That’s an experience too, and not all experiences with books have to be positive ones.

However, sometimes negative experiences can lead into more positive ones. For instance, after I put down ‘Neuromancer’ I picked up ‘A Confederacy of Dunces’ by John Kennedy Toole which, for the record, is a laugh-out-loud, down right hilarious book which, on several occasions even just in the first twenty pages I laughed out aloud!

I think that e-books lack half of the experience. Half of the experience is buying or picking up a book for the first time, smelling it, enjoying the size of it, the colour of it, the font, the thickness of it – these all make up part of the grand experience of reading a book. However some people I’ve talked to are convinced that e-books will take over at some point, on the basis that they are convenient, easy to carry around and easy to buy. But what I think would be interesting is what effect this would have on people.

If I could fast forward to a specific time I would fast forward to the time when (if it so happens to exist) when e-books “take over”, because I would primarily like to see what people get out of an e-book compared to a paper book. Reading books is a learning process, and there is so much to learn! But I wonder if the general experience, or lack of, has an effect on what we learn from a book.

Here are my thoughts. I remember as a kid I would go up to my bookshelf every night and pick up the oversized ‘Encyclopaedia of the History of the World’ and lay it on my pillow to read through. Even at a young age when I could only look at the pictures, these images and words that carried within a fountain of knowledge would helped me tremendously when I started school (notably on the history side of things!). Now would the same thing have happened if I had been reading it in e-book form? I don’t think so.  Reading off a screen at night, firstly, does not help you get to sleep – your brain is buzzing around with excitement from the bright lights! If I had been reading from, say, a Kindle at that age, I would have been far more tired which would result in lack of concentration, etc.

Even though these are just small things, cumulatively they make a pile of problems. I don’t think you can enjoy e-books nearly as much as a real paper book – I think there could be a whole fountain of knowledge going to waste, and I certain don’t think, even if I saw the future with my own eyes, that e-books are the way forward.