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Silly question for a busy day [Jan. 20th, 2010|01:26 pm]
Zoethe
I have certain "minor super powers" of which I am geekily proud. For instance, I can fold a clothing pattern up so that it fits back into the envelope so perfectly that it lies just as flat as new. What are the silly super powers that make *you* feel proud??
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[User Picture]From: sapphirescarlet
2010-01-20 06:29 pm (UTC)
I can re-fold a map, and I can fold fitted sheets. Ta-Da!
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[User Picture]From: celyste
2010-01-20 06:48 pm (UTC)
I would love to learn your method of folding fitted sheets. My current method (which drives my ocd-ness crazy) is the fold in half, roll, and stuff in the linen cupboard.
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[User Picture]From: cinema_babe
2010-01-20 06:33 pm (UTC)
When I go grocery shopping, I can keep a running total in my head, add the tax and come out to within $1.00. I am otherwise hopeless mathematically.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-01-20 08:02 pm (UTC)
That's impressive.
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[User Picture]From: wyrrlen
2010-01-20 06:33 pm (UTC)
I can navigate new areas exceptionally well, and after returning to a location that I haven't visited in a long time I can quickly become reoriented to the area through mental maps that I store in the back of my head.

I can tell when people are lying or otherwise covering the full truth during business meetings.

Both minipowers make me feel like a rockstar.
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[User Picture]From: mightydoll
2010-01-20 06:36 pm (UTC)
OH!

I can also tell when adults aren't telling the truth! I think all my minor SP are connected.
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[User Picture]From: mightydoll
2010-01-20 06:35 pm (UTC)
I can soothe almost any crying baby - often to sleep. I can also find the one compromise that will get toddlers to do whatever it is they seemingly arbitrarily don't want to do.
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[User Picture]From: kathrynrose
2010-01-20 06:53 pm (UTC)
I haven't used this one in a long time (used to work at a photo studio) but I can make a crying baby laugh long enough to take a portrait photo. :)
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[User Picture]From: gardenwaltz
2010-01-20 06:42 pm (UTC)
I can find my car in a parking lot. This is particularly impressive considering my general lack of direction skills.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-01-20 08:04 pm (UTC)
I'm really hit-or-miss on that one.
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[User Picture]From: celyste
2010-01-20 06:52 pm (UTC)
I am able to read maps. (and can follow instructions to make or use most anything - I think the two are somehow connected).

You can throw me blindfolded into the middle of any area, spin me around, and I can point out where north is.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-01-20 08:06 pm (UTC)
I wish I had that directional sense. I can navigate to damned near anywhere if I am aware of the compass direction. I keep meaning to mount one in my car.
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[User Picture]From: sacramentalist
2010-01-20 06:52 pm (UTC)
If I get sick while drunk, I will fill the glass in front of me, without spilling a drop. I'm a keeper.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-01-20 08:06 pm (UTC)
Um...wow. On several levels.
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[User Picture]From: triplemare
2010-01-20 06:58 pm (UTC)
Mommy Eye/Tone that works on *ANYBODY*. Including my mother.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-01-20 08:08 pm (UTC)
Impressive!

That's a power that could SO be used for evil!
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[User Picture]From: jadecat
2010-01-20 07:03 pm (UTC)
While I normally miss one step in any set of instructions (and always just one) I can read a map, and follow written driving directions, really well.

I'm good at finding things. Generally things my husband has put down and later can't find.

I can get babies to burp. This has come in handy at varying family gatherings recently. One when the person was worried because his grandson was notoriously tough to burp. Just as I was told it was difficult I sat him up- he belched LOUD. His mom wanted to take me home.

I haven't tried this one for awhile, but years ago, when flipping through TV channels, I could identify movies in mere seconds. Even if I had never seen them before. We haven't had TV for years, so I'm not sure this one still works. *laughs*
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-01-20 08:09 pm (UTC)
I wish I'd had you around when my oldest was an impossible-to-burp baby!
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[User Picture]From: off_coloratura
2010-01-20 07:07 pm (UTC)
Many are career-related. I can learn a tune after hearing it just a few times. I can usually sing a familiar piece in the right key without having to hear the pitch. I have crazy musical recall; I remember, or can reconstruct with a bit of brain-wracking, favorite songs, commercials, etc., even ones from childhood that I haven't heard in decades. I regularly match up words or ideas I hear in conversations with lines from songs I know.

Others I'm proud of: I can close up a hole in a piece of knit fabric nigh-invisibly. I can improvise knit patterns. I can make perfectly sweetened whipped cream without measuring the proportions. I can run three miles without stopping.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-01-20 08:10 pm (UTC)
You may have what it takes to join the Legion of Heroes. Wow!
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[User Picture]From: heathrow
2010-01-20 07:13 pm (UTC)
I can navigate any shopping mall quickly, which is impressive considering I hate to shop.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-01-20 08:11 pm (UTC)
A survival mechanism, no doubt!
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[User Picture]From: chaosdancer
2010-01-20 07:15 pm (UTC)
Elevator prediction. If I'm confronted with a bank of elevators in an office building, I will always (if I'm not thinking about it) wind up in front of the one that will open first - but ONLY if I'm not thinking about it. If I try to do it consciously, I fail.

Oh, and possibly keeping toilets from clogging. But I haven't quite figured out how I do that yet.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-01-20 08:12 pm (UTC)
Cool.
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[User Picture]From: saraphina_marie
2010-01-20 07:20 pm (UTC)
I can untie knots. Any knots in any material. It might take a while, but I can do it without cutting.
Also, I have an impeccable sense of direction and can keep mental maps of anywhere I have ever been. I am my own GPS.

And I have a trade-off superpower, if I find an awesome parking spot, I will be in line inside the establishment forever. But sometimes that ain't all bad. In college, my roomies called me "The Concubine of the Parking Gods."

Edited at 2010-01-20 07:22 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-01-20 08:13 pm (UTC)
The knots thing is handy in costuming, I bet!

Ferrett refers to me as his GPS - Gini Positioning System.
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[User Picture]From: cinema_babe
2010-01-20 07:22 pm (UTC)
I forgot my big one: I have a freakish homing sense. I can go somewhere once and I can always get back there. I've been able to get back to places I went to a couple of times 20 years ago even though the neighborhood had completely changed.

I might get lost going somewhere for the first time, but never the second.

ETA: Oh yeah, my friend pointed out that I can also undress another human being using just my teeth. He seems to find this impressive.

Edited at 2010-01-20 07:23 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-01-20 08:14 pm (UTC)
I'm not that good. That's handy!
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From: the_xtina
2010-01-20 07:22 pm (UTC)
I can sing in the same key as the song, even when I'm not listening to it.

I can read a map, yay.  (I adore finding where I am on a map.)

I can find the quickest on-the-fly path through a crowd of people.  I'm good in malls, for example.

Similarly, I can... hm.  So let's say I'm out and about, and someone ahead of me is going from right to left.  I can adjust my speed and path such that they don't have to move much, I don't have to move much, we don't collide, and I leave them ample sidewalk space (according to etiquette and generic assumptions of personal space).  I'm sure it's common, but I love this particular minor power, because I love choreography and things meshing well.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-01-20 08:16 pm (UTC)
Whereas I tends to do the "duck and dodge dance" with people who are as far as 20 feet away. Yours is better.
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