e jerry powell pointed out to me that these diversions have covered a great deal of the Pivot Questionnaire made famous by James “Mec Daddy” Lipton on Inside the Actors Studio. He made an excellent point. To wit -
What sound or noise do you hate?
I knew a woman whose voice was so grating that I would do an impression of her to explain the idiom “like fingernails on a blackboard” to my ESL students. Her family once babysat a friend’s pet bird and every time this woman spoke the bird went NUTS!
Clanging pots: I am deeply clumsy, so I often drop things like pots and pans. I don’t try to catch them; I cover my ears and initiate proactive cringing.
The squeak of styrofoam, in particular the sheets of it that come inside furniture you assemble yourself. I don’t like touching it either. I’m shifting uncomfortably just thinking about it.
Let’s add: What texture or sensation do you hate?
Creme brulee. It’s phlegm in dessert form.
Foam backing such as one finds on a plastic table cloth. I cannot touch it without shuddering.
Hell, let’s make it non-specific: What makes your skin crawl? What sensory thing annoys the crap out of you?
Chime in. Speak up. Delurk. Share your hate. Heebie your jeebies.
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