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Friday, March 23, 2012

Quirks and Eccentricities

I have realized over the last couple months that there are some things that my readers still do not know about me. I wanted to share some of the little known facts about a one Marc Alan Haynes.  I figured it would be a quirky thing for me to write about and hopefully (fingers crossed) an interesting blog to read. These are in no particular order.

If I like a song, I will listen to it on a continuous loop until I get sick of it … or the people around me get sick of me listening to it.

I took classical piano lessons for 10 years while growing up and still play. My forte' is classical, specifically Beethoven, Mozart, and Baroque classical music. I realize now that it is one of the best gifts my parents gave me.

I hate forks against my teeth. If while eating, my fork hits my teeth, I shudder like someone dragging nails across the chalkboard.

I prefer things or items in "threes" or "sixes". I don't consider myself having OCD but if things are in "threes" or "sixes" I am alot happier. I also check that the coffee pot or iron is unplugged several times before I go to work.  Maybe I am just a little OCD. LOL.

I have started recycling like crazy but deep back in my mind, I am not really sure if it is doing any good.

In the 90's, my sister and I had my mother stop the car by a canal in Cape Canaveral, Florida. We jumped out of the car and ran down a hill to "commune with 4 to 6 large manatees" floating peacefully in the canal. They were as large as VW Beetles! My Mom was just freaking out. I was thinking, What a glorious experience! They were so gentle and underwater, investigated my sister and I by nuzzling our hands.

I love birding. Love my bird feeders, watching the birds, and hearing them in the morning.

I was bullied in high school. I survived. Another blog, another time.

I credit joining my fraternity, Phi Kappa Psi, for helping me socially in college and in life. It was one of the best decisions that I have ever made.

I am obsessed with snipping the plastic holders of six-packs so they don't strangle or choke seals, sea birds, and other sea life.

I have had allergies since being a babe. I was once allergic to over 40 different foods and environmental things such as dander, leaves, pet hair, bird feathers, grass, chocolate, strawberries, pollen, and trees. Luckily I have outgrown my food allergies but still suffer daily. Don't worry, I am usually drugged up on allergy meds to get me through the day!

My mother and father took us on month long summer vacations driving across the USA when I was growing up. Those trips were such a great experience.  My father also took us kids to museums, studios, and art galleries.  I consider this such a huge influence on my life, my views, and beliefs.

I am a voracious reader and often read 2 or 3 books at the same time, reading a different one each night. These days, I am reading a biography on Thomas Jefferson and Monticello, Mens' Health Magazine, the Food Network Magazine, and How the Other Half Lives by Jacob Riis.

I love red wine, beer, vodka, gin, and scotch ... depending on my mood.

I absolutely hate the fact that I have to cut back and eventually give up caffeine and beer because of my high blood pressure. Along with that, I hate having high blood pressure.

I dislike exercise but realize I must do it now for good health as I get older.

I am best friends, I mean BEST FRIENDS with my brother Adam and sister Sheryl.  The three of us know how lucky we are to be this close.

I do not own any white button down shirts. I hate them because they will never remain as crisp and white as the day you take them out of the package.  If I have them, I use them once and then will probably donate them to the Good Will or Salvation Army.

I try to buy only cage free eggs, preferably brown. I support the cage free chicken idea. :)

I would like to buy only organic meats but don't have the money for it.

Lastly, I will not eat fruit which I have to work for. I won't eat seeded grapes or seeded watermelon. I hate having to avoid the seeds. I won't eat apples because I cannot stand apple skin. It's a pain the ass to take it off. I also dislike peach fuzz intensely. I opt for nectarines instead.  I will only eat seedless Naval Oranges. Orange seeds aggravate me. I make an exception during Clementine season. I'm what you call a picky fruit eater.

Well, that's about it for now. No doubt some of you are shaking your heads thinking TMI!  Hopefully, a couple of you can identify with my quirks. They seem to be coming out more as I get older but I figure it's my prerogative to be quirky and eccentric. In ten years, I am just gonna be a mess!


  1. I love it! And about that fruit thing... we LOVE those little fruit cups you buy in the produce section of the grocery store. No fuss and no seeds! I actually had David convinced they were too expensive and we could just make our own... but peeling and seeding the oranges and grapefruits... what a pain! So you are not alone, and I LOVE to cook... except for that.

    Allergic to chocolate? OMG! How did you survive!??

    Very impressed that you can play the piano. That is my all time favorite instrument. I colored on the keys and marked up a few song books in my day but I never learned to play much more than chopsticks. I can pick out a melody with one finger and that is about the extent of it... Just listening to someone with TEN YEARS of learning would probably make me cry! Joyously of course.

  2. I envy your leaning the piano. I was a tomboy and to compete with the boys I decided to play drums. So I never learned to read music. I swear I still have bruises on my thighs from the snare drum banging on them while marching with the band.

  3. @ Kitty, thankfully I overcame the chocolate allergy. Now THAT was difficult! LOL.
    @Kitty and Murial: I really love the piano. What a great way to relax. :) I am so happy my parents pushed me (now I'm happy, not then. LOL)