Frequently Obsessive-Compulsive Flyer

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I could write a separate 101 Things About Me list focused entirely on the obsessive compulsive habits in my life, and yet another list of habits related specifically to flying in airplanes. However, I will be kind and narrow the list down to ten.

Ten things that involve me, a plane, and my OCD:


  1. I always make a check-list of what to pack. I start with items I'll need every day, beginning with the top of my head (shampoo, blow-dryer, hair ties, etc.) and working my way down to socks and shoes. Then, I plan out every outfit for every day, including jewelry and make-up and the accompanying hairstyle.

  2. I always cry when saying goodbye to my kitties because I'm afraid they'll die while I'm gone.

  3. I always wear the same sweatshirt for a flight. The pocket on it is the perfect size for my iPod and my boarding pass. Plus, I don't have to worry about stripping for the metal detectors.

  4. I always wear the same pair of flip-flops. This started with the whole "take off your shoes" rule and just morphed into a new habit.

  5. I always go to the same Starbucks at O'Hare and stand around sniffling next to my parents after dropping off my luggage at the baggage check.

  6. I always lean against a column thing near my gate at O'Hare, but I always pace madly near my gate at DFW.

  7. As I mentioned before, I always sit on the same seat for every flight.

  8. I always bury myself in a book after finding my seat on the plane and turn on my iPod to look as unfriendly as possible. (I hate small talk. Mostly because I'm bad at it.)

  9. I always read the same book when I fly back in to Chicago. Flipping through The Devil in the White City while coasting over the city at night gives me shivers EVERY. GOSH. DANG. TIME.

  10. I always unbuckle my seat belt after landing before the pilot announces it's okay . . . just to be a wee bit rebellious.

I'm much better on road trips. Maybe.

Fuse!

Fuse!

I have a similar list of idiosyncrasies when it comes to flights. Well, similar, except it contains none of those items and really only has one item on it and it's not any of those items (and most probably not any of your other 91 items).

Belinda

Belinda

I want you to come and be my live-in nanny. Because you would be just freaky ENOUGH to ensure the safety of my child. Plus you'd be fun, and she likes Samurai Jack.

Rachelskirts

Rachelskirts

Fuse! - You . . . are a dork. But that's what I love about you.

Belinda - The only person protesting this idea is my calico cat, and she's not a person. Therefore, she doesn't really count. Plus, she leapt into a closed window last week, so her judgment isn't to be trusted. See you Monday morning at 9am?

TheQueen

TheQueen

I always buy a People Magazine in the concourse before I get to my gate and read it entirely before the plane lands so I can leave it in my seat back, thus ensuring my safety. ("No, don't crash the plane! We'll lose that woman's people.")

Jamie

Jamie

I went to Florida earlier this year and I couldn't stop crying when I was saying goodbye to my dog. She was sick and the time and I almost didn't want to go because I was afraid she was going to die while I was away.

Thursday's Child

Thursday's Child

My, my. Ritual behavior can be a sign of pretty severe neurosis, you know. I don't really have any airline traditions.

I do have a bedtime routine that is exactly the same every night, though.

1. Turn off monitors, first the left then the right.
2. Brush Teeth (for exactly 210 seconds)
3. Plug in phone, set alarms
4. Put on PJs
5. Sleep

I do that every night, more or less since my sophomore year of high school. I didn't have two monitors then, so that bit's changed, but the rest is in the same order.

Rachelskirts

Rachelskirts

TheQueen - That is one of the smartest ideas ever. I may have to adopt that tradition myself!

Jamie - Aww! My pets aren't sick, but they are really old. I wish I could take 'em with me everywhere.

Thursday's Child - Yeah . . . As I said, I could make dozens of lists just pertaining to my routines and habits and traditions when flying from Chicago to Texas and back. I would then make a list to organize those other lists. I know that I do an EXCELLENT job disguising my quirks and "ritual behaviors" and various neurotic tendencies, but you'd be surprised how insane I can get when things don't go my way. Oh wait. (Teehee.)