Why I pull my shopping cart (aka "I blame horses for my unusual behavior")
I go to the grocery store basically every week. I park my car. I walk in the door. I pull a cart from the stack of carts inside the door, and I start pushing it like a normal person.
Yet invariably, I find myself walking around the cart to grab things to put in it. And after I do so, I grab the front left corner of the cart, and I pull it.
Just like I'm leading a horse.
I'll notice that I'm doing it, stop, and go back to pushing. But then the next time I put something in it, I'll go right back to "leading" the cart. Every. Time.
Frankly, pulling does have some benefits over pushing. I don't run over small children or collide with old ladies while walking around corners, I'm much less inclined to clumsily knock over displays wheeling too close to them, I can reach the basket more easily... and in a broader sense, it's just much easier to steer the dang cart.
I also know that I look like a complete weirdo because I'm standing/walking at the wrong end of my shopping cart.
Someone please tell me I'm not the only one who does this.
And the second question for the thread: Because of deeply ingrained horsey habits, what things do you do that are weird or "wrong"?
(I hear these stories of clucking to children, dogs, and cars... so I know you people are out there! )
I was learning to drive a skidsteer and when I pushed the bucket too hard on the ground, the front end came up higher than I was comfortable with. I immediately leaned waaaaaaay forward to stop it from "rearing"!!!!
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As a nurse, I deal with a lot of combative/anxious/flailing and confused patients and I find myself saying 'easyyy', or 'hoaah' like you would to a horse, when trying to calm then down and hold them until they stop fighting me or doing what ever it is that they shouldn't be. (IE: Holding their arm steady to give an injection or something. Some people with dementia will fight you over things simple as putting on their shirt).
Oops. I catch myself and stop, but honestly, saying 'eassyyy' *does* seem to work!
I third the walking on right thing. I also try and bend the car... even though I'm not the one driving. And I do a tiny two point over speed bumps/ lines, and I count strides between shadows or lines on the road. Psycho much?
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Anyone else get irritated when people don't obey the "left to left" rule!? Lol, I cannot STAND passing people on the "wrong side." I will move out of my way (like on a sidewalk) so we pass left to left, haha.
I also move my boyfriend over with my hand like I would ask a horse to move over. I don't think he appreciates it so much.... :-P
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