1238 More Freaks
Julia and Todd continue their discussion of names for people with certain traits.
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Todd: OK, Julia, we're talking about types of people and we have some more that we can discuss. So the next one is worry wart. Are you a?
Julia: I guess when it comes to some things maybe yeah. Like sometimes I getand I know it's because my brain is worrying about stuff.
Todd: Right. You just can't let it go?
Julia: Yeah, which is kind of why I took up yoga and meditation because just calming down those, you know, those thoughts that are just going crazy round in your head. So I would be a worry wart if it wasn't for my yoga practice. I think the yoga helps me keep my mind calm.
Todd: Oh, cool.
Julia: But I have that natural tendency I think.
Todd: OK, so what about things around the house? Are you a clean freak?
Julia: No. No, I am messy, like ridiculously messy. I don't see mess. I don't see it. It's like a blind spot.
Todd: So you're a slob?
Julia: Yes, kind of, yes and this is the one thing that drives my husband crazy because he's very tidy, he's very clean, very neat.
Todd: So you guys are yin and yang?
Julia: Yeah. He likes things to go in the proper place and he likes things to be tidied up, put away and for him it's very, it's a sort of therapeutic thing. It's, I guess, the mirror of his mental state. If there's a mess going on he feels uneasy so he needs to tidy up in order to kind of be focused and calm. I'm kind of the opposite. If everything's too tidy and neat, I get a bit freaked out. I like, I'm comfortable in mess, very comfortable in mess.
Todd: Comfortable in chaos?
Todd: Well, that leads us to the next one and maybe this relates to your husband. Is he a control freak?
Julia: Yes. Absolutely. He is, yes.
Todd: So can you explain what a control freak is?
Julia: A control freak is someone who likes to be in control, has to be in control all the time of all things.
Todd: And if there's not, if there's disorder or something left?
Julia: It causes him stress. It causes him stress so just simple things like maybe like a house guest. While he's a very friendly and generous and warm person, having an extra person in the house makes him uneasy because it's a factor that it's out of his control.
Todd: So how about other things like are you a, like a video game junkie or TV junkie?
Julia: There are certain games that I have to take off my phone because they will eat away my time.
Todd: Right, like Angry Birds and stuff like that?
Julia: Stuff like that. The ones that, just really simplistic ones, things like Tetris and putting squares in boxes and Bejeweled where you change, moving things around. Those kind of games I can get very readily addicted to so I have to, I have to be careful. I had like a brief intense fling with TechM, like those fighting games. I was really into fights, fighting games and playing.
Todd: Wow, that's hard core.
Julia: Yeah, but it was shortlived, and I felt like it was an unhealthy obsession.
Todd: Yeah, you can, yeah.
Julia: But yeah it was great. I enjoyed it when I did it. It was fun.
I don't see mess. It's like a blind spot.
A 'blind spot' is an area that you can't see. Here, Julia is saying that she doesn't see mess. Notice the following:
- Many women have blind spots in the area of things that
need to be fixed on cars.
- Chores that need to be done around the house are a big blind spot for him.
So you guys are like yin and yang?
'Yin and yang' is just used to show that Julia and her husband are very opposite in the area of cleaning and messiness. Notice the following:
- Although we are like yin and yang, we have been best
friends for over 10 years.
- They are business partners, but they are like yin and yang about everything.
Cleaning up is sort of a therapeutic thing for him.
In this case, 'therapeutic' means something that makes you feel better. Cleaning is like therapy, because it makes you feel more organized. Notice the following:
- Many people do exercise, because it's therapeutic in the
way it clears your mind.
- Crying once in a while can be very therapeutic.
If there's a mess going on, he feels uneasy.
When you are 'uneasy,' you feel uncomfortable or disturbed. Notice the following:
- This whole situation makes me feel a little uneasy.
- What's wrong? You look very uneasy.
If everything is too tidy and neat, I get a bit freaked out
You are 'freaked out' when you feel anxious or nervous. Notice the following:
- My cat gets really freaked out when there are too many
people in the house.
- I don't want you to get freaked out, but I think that car is following us.
Are you a video game junkie or a TV junkie?
A 'junkie' is a person who is addicted to something, in this case, television or video games. Notice the following:
- Some people are real Facebook junkies.
- She is a celebrity magazine junkie. She subscribes to all of them.
I'm kind of a geek, but I've never been a video game
A 'geek' is someone who is very interested in computers, technology or learning, sometimes to a level where he can't have normal conversations. Notice the following:
- He was a huge geek in high school, but the kind of
person you know is going to be really successful.
- I know it makes me a geek, but I just love computer games.
Note: This word was edited out of the audio / transcript.
I had a brief, intense fling with TechM.
Here, a 'fling' is a short period of time when you do something that you want without worrying about holding yourself back. It can also mean a short relationship. Notice the following:
- During my fling with that band I followed them
- They had a two-week fling after high school, but it was nothing serious.