For Umm Suhayb bint David

I was tagged by Umm Suhayb and am dutifully responding even though I find tags to be a bit more revealing than I would like.

8 Facts or Habits about Me:

I like to read the newspaper in order, section by section, and as I finish each section to place and fold it neatly in the same originally alphabetized order that it came in even if I’m just going to put it in the recycle bin.

I can be quite the contrarian even if I do not necessarily disagree with what someone is saying and this can be quite annoying and sometimes I recognize myself that I am being a pain and annoying and giving the other person a hard time just for the exercise of critical thinking.

I do not like to see anything in the kitchen sink. If there are dishes in the sink, I feel a compulsive need to do them before I use the sink or do anything in the kitchen like cook or sit down to eat a meal. And I like to arrange the dirty dishes in the sink and on the countertop before I wash them.

I sometimes feel a bit nervous when my phone rings and I don’t recognize the number. I have a bit of a phone phobia and am known to be hard to reach me on my cell phone. I’ll often make a mental note of a phone call and wait until I see the caller in person to return the phone call face-to-face. I get more nervous contemplating answering my phone than I do with public speaking in front of a large crowd.

In my jahiliyah, I never used to cry or get emotional, never felt a tug on my heartstrings, and never liked seeing people getting emotional (I would often look away, close my eyes, or lower my gaze) when reading books, watching tv or movies, or listening to music almost on some kind of principle of trying to be hard or tough until my heart softened a bit when I was I think 16 or so.

I dislike inconsiderateness. Is that even a word?

I like formula one, tennis, and international soccer although not as much as I used to.

The first time I go to a restaurant, I try to get a recommendation from someone about what they like on the menu. And if I like it, I will probably continue to order that same thing each time I come back. I usually only branch out to order new foods if I am with someone else just in case I don’t like my food so I can eat their food.


  1. MusicalChef: It’s good to know my idiosyncrasies are not unique.

    UmSuhayb: I didn’t think of your tag as a burden, it’s just that I’m not prone to tagging even though I feel obligated (in a good way) to respond when someone tags me.

  2. Well, of course you dislike Formula One, soccer, and international tennis! Have you ever seen them played? My goodness — the cars make so much noise that its hard to hear the line judge, and the soccer players get in the way of the serve, anyway — not to mention, their tendency to try to kick the tennis ball off the windscreens of the cars! Very good opinion, I think…..

  3. lol, Bill. I think we’ve been watching slightly different sports.

    Tennis and international soccer (particularly during the grand slams and the World Cup) has always been a huge favorite in my family but Formula 1 is something exclusive to me, it started in 1997 when Michael Schumacher and Jacques Villenueve were battling for the title.

  4. MuslimApple.. nothing to add.. just happy to be roaming your blog.. carry on

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