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The tyranny of OCD


This is not my collection. Mine is bigger.

I just emptied my pen cup on my desk. It contains 17 Parker Jotter pens, one each of 17 different colors or design.

It's simply tough to say no.

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(Anonymous)
Jan. 26th, 2015 01:23 am (UTC)
Make sure they are aligned properly and oriented with colors ranging from lightest to darkest. There should only be one of each color. In the event you have a duplicate color, the duplicate must be discarded or duplicates of each color must be purchased.
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 26th, 2015 11:00 pm (UTC)
I have one duplicate, but I leave it in my office at work.

I keep them in a cup so I don't have to fret about arranging them in any way. They all are point-down, though.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 26th, 2015 11:45 pm (UTC)
Very good then. Please double check and make sure all points are retracted.
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 27th, 2015 03:09 am (UTC)
Of course all points are retracted. I'm a pro at this stuff.

In fact, tonight I ordered another Parker Jotter in metallic green. I don't have one. That makes 18. I saw a nice red metallic one, too. That one's next.
anita_margarita
Jan. 26th, 2015 05:32 am (UTC)
If you were really OCD, they'd be lined up in color order.
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 26th, 2015 10:59 pm (UTC)
"Roy G. Biv ... Roy G. Biv ... white courtesy telephone, please."
(Anonymous)
Jan. 27th, 2015 04:47 pm (UTC)
My coworkers make fun of me because I separate my M and M's into little piles of colors - greens together, blues together, etc., before I eat them. Can't have a blue M and M in your mouth with a red one, no way.
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 27th, 2015 06:36 pm (UTC)
I hear you. That's why I don't eat Skittles (or M&M's anymore: It takes too long to sort them. And then I don't know what to do if one flavor or color only has a few pieces while the others come in more or less the same amounts. Should I eat them first or last?
(Anonymous)
Jan. 27th, 2015 07:29 pm (UTC)
You eat the ones with more until they all have equal numbers, starting with the pile that has the most. Then you eat one at a time from each pile. Unless there is one color with WAY fewer than the others. Those go first - it is too unsettling to have that much imbalance.
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 27th, 2015 09:12 pm (UTC)
This makes sense—to you and me, anyway.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 28th, 2015 01:13 am (UTC)
Whoever took that picture ain't have OCD. The colored are all out of whack and there are two, possibly three, black ones. Now, if the black ones were on opposite ends with the remainder arranged from light to dark, that would be more appropriate. Just saying '... t.c.
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 28th, 2015 02:03 am (UTC)
If there are three black ones, then one should be on each end and the other one in the middle, but only if it had an equal number of pens on each side of it.
nodressrehersal
Feb. 1st, 2015 10:36 pm (UTC)
So interesting - post and comments. I don't have ocd tendencies - any sorting/ordering I do is strictly utilitarian. For example, I don't mix large and small paperclips, but only because I don't want the hassle of reaching for a large one and getting a small one.
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