I count things….

Whenever I write about odd things I do someone chimes in and says “Hey, me too!” which I find very comforting. I’m not so weird after all – Yay!

I’m a counter. I’m a calculator – as in – determine the amount or number of something mathematically.

My husband and I take 2 prescription medications each and a number of supplements. I have those pill organizer where you can dole out a weeks worth of pills at a time. Since our prescriptions must be taken morning and night I have two each of the pill organizers – morning and night. My husband’s prescriptions require 2 pills, twice a day. Therefore I am dispensing 7 or 14 pills at a time in each organizer.

There are 7 boxes in the organizer, all I have to do is drop the required doses in each little box, I don’t need to count. But I do – sometimes silently in my head, sometimes out loud. I dump a bunch of pills in my hand and then count out – One, two, three, four, five, six, seven. The 2-pill doses get counted – two, four, six, eight, ten, twelve, fourteen as I drop 2 of the pills in each box.  This counting is NOT necessary. Just fill each little box with the proper dose, right? One pill or two. And yet, I count.

Then there is my thing about dates. Oy! If I’m reading anything, book, newspaper article – anything – and a date is given I store that. Say it’s a DOB. Then later on I read that the person did something at age 31, I automatically pull up the DOB from memory, add 31 years and get a new date which I then store in my memory for use later, say when the story then states this person died 37 years after that. Ok, now I have the birth year, the 31st year, and then I add the 37 years and Bingo, I get the year the person died.

I do this all the time with dates. I’m always putting them in some sort of perspective. If you say “Oh that happened back in ’37” I immediately deduct 1937 from the current year to get however many years have passed. There is no need for this (most of the time). But I can’t help myself. I’ve never even tried to NOT do this. I can carry this whole date thing throughout a entire book.

I would give you more example but it gets confusing, doesn’t it? This past week in a newspaper column dates and ages and time spans were sprinkled throughout and when I did my mental calculations as I read along they didn’t add it up. That disturbed me. I almost sent in a correction “No, given those dates that person only lived there for 20 years, not 30.” I didn’t but it still is playing in my mind leading to this post.

I love digital clocks because then I can do precise calculations – it’s now 9:13 and this has to cook for 19 minutes so it will be done at 9:32.  I’m not all that good with telling time using the 24-hour clock so if time is referenced that way of course I have to re-calculate it to 12-hour clock time but I think everyone does that, so not an odd habit.

If  I’m slicing something, and it doesn’t matter in the least how many slices there are, I still count how many slices I make. Why? I’m just taking a big piece and making it smaller – the number doesn’t matter. If I have two big pieces, after I cut up the first one, I will then cut the second one into the same amount of pieces as the first – EVEN THO IT DOESN’T MATTER.

Am I crazy, or do any of you do this automatic counting thing too?

10 thoughts on “I count things….

  1. I count things, but not the same ones you do. Generally, I don’t care about dates and skim right over them. But I count things in my grocery cart (or online cart), and I like to have certain numbers, like 5 or 8 or 12. I count the words in my posts and I set my posts to appear at certain times, such as 3:30 (not 3:16 or 3:22, ew). Etc.

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    1. So numbers represent orderliness for you…I’m a calculator, I can’t seem to help it LOL When we go grocery shopping I seem to unconsciously keep track of each item and its cost. When we get to the check-out I’ll say to my husband, that’s about $123 and 9 times out of ten I’m spot on (except for the the change part…)

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  2. I think you’re an absolute Hoot. I count all the time because it helps me concentrate on those ordinary everyday little jobs. The problem I have is as soon as I’ve finished each little task I can’t remember much about it. I’ve never been good at exams because my academic memory retention is useless. I can succeed only when I can use my mind and refer to my Homework. I’ve enjoyed this exchange. Thank you!

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          1. Rain Man is a movie about a idiot savant that can do a lot of things with numbers. So your story just kind of reminded me of that movie. By the way it’s a pretty good movie. And I think because one of the character’s name was Raymond the other character couldn’t say that so it just called him rain Man. Anyways….. This was all lost in translation. Lol

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            1. You know what the funniest thing is – arithmetic was my worst subject in school. I could have skipped 2 grades in elementary school if not for math. In high school my grade advisor wanted to sign me up for physics, I said “Look at my math scores” She said “Ok, how about commercial law” LOL Actually commercial law was a helluva lot more useful than physics.

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