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Story # 2 "Things
"I'm not a slob by any stretch of the imagination
but this one roommate I had when I was a sophomore was WAY
too neat and organized. She would go ballistic if the
refrigerator wasn't properly organized each day according
to the four main food groups!" When it came to bars
of soap in the shower? We each needed our own AND they
"had" to be kept in alphabetical sequence
according to our first name! We actually lived in a 2-room
apartment and her room was next to mine with a common
hallway, bathroom, kitchen, living room, etc; ... So I
just had to do it.. I had to mess with her... One day
I went into her room and very carefully switched things
around. I arranged her books from Z-A instead of from A-Z.
I turned the fold on her bed down on the right
side...rather than on the left side. Subtle things..
changes most people would never notice. I pulled her chair
out from under her desk by just an inch or two... Her
dress shoes on one side of the closet and her sneakers on
the opposite side..switched around in reverse order... How
long did it take before this neat freak realized that
someone was messing around with her? When she came home
that night, I heard a loud, blood-curdling scream as if
someone had seen a ghost. It was her.. and she was crying
on the floor. Luckily, five of us shared an apartment..
She would never find out who had created this reverse
"mirror" image of her perfectly organized room
but even more important was this: she never changed the
order back and her psychotic neatness came to an end.
Over time, she told us that she realized that whether
things were organized on one side or the other... didn't
really make a difference... because they were still
organized. And even better, she realized that total organization
was too stressful! I'm glad she's changed.. She's actually
pretty cool now!"
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