Front page
Silflay Hraka?

Bigwig is a systems administrator at a public university
Hrairoo is the proprietor of a quality used bookstore
Kehaar works at a regional newspaper
Woundwort is a professor of counseling at a private university

The Hraka RSS feed

bigwig AT

Friends of Hraka
Daily Pundit
cut on the bias
Meryl Yourish
This Blog Is Full Of Crap
Winds of Change
A Small Victory
Silent Running
Dr. Weevil
Little Green Footballs
Fragments from Floyd
The Feces Flinging Monkey
Dean's World
Little Tiny Lies
The Redsugar Muse
Natalie Solent
From the Mrs.
The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler
On the Third Hand
Public Nuisance
Not a Fish
Electric Venom
Skippy, The Bush Kangaroo
Common Sense and Wonder
Neither Here Nor There
The Greatest Jeneration
Ipse Dixit
Blog On the Run
Redwood Dragon
Greeblie Blog
Have A Cuppa Tea
A Dog's Life
Iberian Notes
Midwest Conservative Journal
A Voyage to Arcturus
Trojan Horseshoes
In Context
The People's Republic of Seabrook
Country Store
Blog Critics
Chicago Boyz
Hippy Hill News
Kyle Still Free Press
The Devil's Excrement
The Fat Guy
War Liberal
Assume the Position
Balloon Juice
Iron Pen In A Velvet Glove
Freedom Lives
Where Worlds Collide
Knot by Numbers
How Appealing
South Knox Bubba
Heretical Ideas
The Kitchen Cabinet
Bo Cowgill
Raving Atheist
The Short Strange Trip
Shark Blog
Ron Bailey's Weblog
Cornfield Commentary
Northwest Notes
The Blog from the Core
The Talking Dog
WTF Is It Now??
Blue Streak
Smarter Harper's Index
nikita demosthenes
Bloviating Inanities
Sneakeasy's Joint
Ravenwood's Universe
The Eleven Day Empire
World Wide Rant
All American
The Rant
The Johnny Bacardi Show
The Head Heeb
Viking Pundit
Oscar Jr. Was Here
Just Some Poor Schmuck
Katy & Bruce Loebrich
But How's The Coffee?
Roscoe Ellis
Sasha Castel
Susskins Central Dispatch
Josh Heit
Aaron's Rantblog
As I was saying...
Blog O' Dob
Dr. Frank's Blogs Of War
Betsy's Page
A Knob for Brightness
Fresh Bilge
The Politburo Diktat
Drumwaster's rants
Curt's Page
The Razor
An Unsealed Room
The Legal Bean
Helloooo chapter two!
As I Was Saying...
SkeptiLog AGOG!
Tong family blog
Vox Beth
I was thinking
Judicious Asininity
This Woman's Work
Fragrant Lotus
Single Southern Guy
Jay Solo's Verbosity
Snooze Button Dreams
You Big Mouth, You!
From the Inside looking Out
Night of the Lepus
No Watermelons Allowed
From The Inside Looking Out
Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics
Suburban Blight
The SmarterCop
Dog of Flanders
From Behind the Wall of Sleep
Beaker's Corner
Bad State of Gruntledness
Who Tends The Fires
Granny Rant
Elegance Against Ignorance
Say What?
Blown Fuse
Wait 'til Next Year
The Pryhills
The Whomping Willow
The National Debate
The Skeptician
Zach Everson
Geekward Ho
Life in New Orleans
Rotten Miracles
The Biomes Blog
See What You Share
Blog d’Elisson
Your Philosophy Sucks
Watauga Rambler
Socialized Medicine
Verging on Pertinence
Read My Lips
The Flannel Avenger
Butch Howard's WebLog
Castle Argghhh!
Andrew Hofer
Moron Abroad
White Pebble
Darn Floor
Pajama Pundits
Goddess Training 101
A & W
Medical Madhouse
Slowly Going Sane
The Oubliette
American Future
Right Side Redux
See The Donkey
Newbie Trucker
The Right Scale
Running Scared
Ramblings Journal
Focus On Reality
Wyatt's Torch

February 25, 2005

Brand new OCD behavior

I've discovered a brand-spanking new OCD behavior in myself! I'm so proud. Now I have three. They are, in order of prominence:

1.) The Pat Down: I pat down my pockets to check for wallet, keys and cellphone three or four times even when I know they are all in place. If I do the pat down in the car, I sometimes freak out because me keys aren't there. Of course, they're in the ignition, but still. I've also left my cellphone at home on certain occasions. No one calls me, but I have to call my voicemail to make sure at least once an hour. I feel naked without it.

2.) The Remote-Entry/Lock: I get out of my car and immediately lock the door with the remote. I hear it click. I know it's locked. And then I do it again. And again. I have to hear the honk of the horn and see the lights flash. I do it from 10 feet away. And then 25 feet away. And 50 feet away. It's like a little science experiment to see how far away I can get my door to lock. You can't be too cautious about these things.

3.) The Post-Meal Handwash: I have to wash my hands almost immediately after every meal. If I don't, I am uncomfortable. I smell food on my hands and it makes me nuts. It's not overpowering, but it's noticeable. I don't have to wash my hands again and again and again. I just have to do it once. For some reason, the urge is most powerful after consuming bread. I don't like having that bread smell on my hands. Is that weird or what?

Does anyone know if it's common to develop OCD behaviors as you get older? I look forward to discovering new and infuriating behaviors as I age.

Posted by Kehaar at February 25, 2005 09:57 AM | TrackBack
First time visitor to House Hraka? Wondering if everything we produce could possibly be as brilliant/stupid/evil/pedantic/insipid/inspired as the post you just read? Check out the Hraka Essentials, the (mostly) reader-selected guide to Hraka's best posts, and decide for yourself.

You're not alone my friend. I have the first two myself. I have the pat down real bad. I generally have to hit all pockets to check that everything is in place at least 2 times & sometimes 3. As to the meal and hand washing, since we have the 3 yr old, it's pretty much automatic that he gets a good clean up after eating. Therefore I do as well since I'm the leader of the process. Not sure though if it would be the same w/out him. I can always let the dog lick my hands clean. Saves time and water! I would agree we get more OCD as we age. Seems to be happening to me.

Posted by: Mason at February 25, 2005 10:16 AM

Add me to the list of people who have the same behaviors, though, since I don't own a car, number two manifests itself with locking, unlocking, relocking, unlocking, and relocking my apartment door every time I leave home. You know, just to make *sure* it's locked.

OCD keeps getting better and better as we get older.

Posted by: mns at February 25, 2005 11:24 AM

This'll drive you crazy. Did you turn off the stove tthis morning? How about the iron? Are you sure they're off? Do you know for sure that your car door and/or apartment door are locked right now? What if you forgot? :)

Posted by: Kehaar at February 25, 2005 11:29 AM

My least favorite OCD is checking the lock on this hotel room I am stuck in for the next seven weeks (I have been here three weeks already). I haven't had to lock doors in forever. We have great big MEAN dogs that tend to keep people out of our yard at home. So now I have to do the pat down thing to make sure I have that stupid plastic key card to open the door, then as I am leaving, I stick my foot in the door so it can't close so I can check again.
Then I usually panic when I get downstairs because I'm not sure I checked when I left the room. It makes me feel so stupid (yet relieved) when I find that I actually did bring the card with me.

Posted by: kschlenker at February 25, 2005 11:49 AM

I wonder if compulsively checking one's blog posts for new comments and trackbacks is an OCD behavior.

Posted by: Kehaar at February 25, 2005 12:08 PM

I think every man does the pat down.

And I find my car at the mall by pressing the remote lock button and following the honks.

Posted by: Bigwig at February 25, 2005 12:13 PM

kehaar has a great point; checking one's blog's comments is definitley a new OCD item. An addendum to patting oneself down would be the airport self-patting:
Patting pants pockets: to make sure that you've put your pocket knife (Swiss or otherwise) in your suitcase.
Patting suit jacket for:
a) tickets
b) iPod
c) cell phone
d) Palm Pilot
e) passport
The worst part of this airport thing is when you're in a very long line. I find myself patting every 5-10 minutes. Very suspicious behaviour, this. Passengers look sideways to see if I'm checking for an explosive device. Perhaps travelling buck naked with my airline ticket taped to me forehead and keys in a nose ring would be the optimal mode.

Posted by: DarkoV at February 25, 2005 12:31 PM

DarkoV, the point of my Pat_Down OCD is that I do it EVEN THOUGH I KNOW I have all the items in question. I KNOW my phone is there. I KNOW my keys are there. I KNOW my wallet is there. But I do the pat-down anyway. Three or four times in sucession. So even if I taped my ticket to my forehead and wore my keys from a nose ring, I would still have to check that they were there.

Posted by: Kehaar at February 25, 2005 01:45 PM
Post a comment Note: Comments with more than two dashes per line will be blocked as spam.

Remember personal info?