Four weird traits of mine

Some of these 30 Day Challenge topic I feel that someone else should be writing about me. What the hell is a weird trait anyway? I’m just going to read this as four things I do or believe which are mildly unusual.

1. I don’t like mint chocolate.

Yes, I know this separates me from a large proportion of the chocolate eating population, but I just don’t care.

Chocolate by itself? Delicious. I can eat a while Cadbury’s block or packet of Tim Tams in one sitting. Mint by itself is also delicious. I like all the mints. Spearmints, peppermints, mint water – are there other types of mints?

But mint mixed with chocolate? Why would you do that? It doesn’t taste good. It just tastes weird. The mint is always this weird gooey mess which has infused and ruined perfectly good chocolate. Zero stars.

2. My serious voice and joking voice are pretty much the same.

This means sometimes people can’t tell if I’m being serious or making a joke. My preferred forms of humour are irony, dark comedy, wit and absurdity, all of which I feel I have a degree of skill at implementing.

I’m not at all a fan of sarcasm, or snark, or those forms of humour that involve putting people down. I realise that I am half-decent at those as well, but I try to avoid the instinct to implement them.

Misunderstanding typically occurs when I am being direct and someone assumes I am being ironic. Or when I say something about someone ironically and they take it negatively and so it drifts into sarcasm.

Sometimes when I think I’m being serious and direct people think I’m quite hilarious. I’m not sure if that says more about me or them or the world in general.

I have considered working on different modulations for serious and non-serious things, but it would probably take a lot of effort that I can’t be bothered putting in.

3. I like reorganising my book, films and music collections

This is becoming progressive less necessary as I digitise particularly my music and film collections. Back when I had a few hundred CDs and DVDs I would periodically reorganise them.

Every time I started I had to consider the question of what system to use. It was never a straight alphabetical system. With music for example, the least complicated system was separated into two sections: bands and singers, and then soundtracks, classical and various artists. Artists like Phillip Glass and the Kronos Quartet always made me pause to think where they should go. (which is why the Classical, Soundtracks and Various Artists section exists, basically).

Once I organised my film collection based on country of origin – this is what led me to start seeking out Australian films and television shows, realising that i didn’t have many.

A few years ago when I rearranged my CDs by gender, and realised how disproportionate my collection was towards blokes, I decided to start only buying music by women artists, or bands that had a woman lead singer. These days that’s more an inclination than a rule.

4. I do not drink Kool Aid

‘Drinking the Kool Aid’ is a great saying and one of the best things to come out of North America. Apparently the saying derives from the 1978 Jonestown deaths, where over 900 followers of People’s Temple leader Jim Jones died after mixing a powdered soft-drink agent with cyanide.

I think I first encountered it after I started working in politics, used to describe someone who blindly follows a politician or political candidate or party and thinks they’re the absolute amazingness, to the exclusion of everyone else and to often-irrational levels.

Someone who says they’re a humanitarian and cares for human rights but then defends Labor’s position on asylum seekers, for example, has most definitely drunk the Kool-Aid.

You see people drinking the Kool-Aid in election campaigns all the time. Getting a large number of volunteers to give up considerable amounts of time is much much easier to do if they’ve drunk a barrel of Kool Aid. It also makes election night parties VERY emotional.

Drinking the Kool-Aid is related to Candidate Fever, where a candidate thinks they are the centre of the universe and that they are going to win all the elections. When they inevitably don’t win, sufferers of Candidate Fever tend to blame everyone who didn’t support their greatness from the start and do everything they demanded.

Personally, I fell into a cauldron mixed with skepticism, cynicism, cold-heartedness and anti-authoritarianism when I was a baby, and so am permanently immune to these things. Scarily the things I do are typically well-thought out and internally rational.

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