Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Snap, Crackle, Pop...and I'm not talking about cereal

I am an unapologetic knuckle-cracker. It started innocently back in my piano playing days, but has evolved into a fairly obsessive personal habit. I can't stand the slight stiffness in my fingers when they need to be popped, and frankly, I think the sound is really cool and quite satisfying.

I list it under "personal talent" as well as "things I do that repulse others." I can crack (from the top-down, follow me here): my jaw, neck, elbows, wrists, fingers, back, knees, ankles, and every individual toe. So there's always that Sideshow Freak thing to fall back on if the economy continues tanking... plus it entertains the hell out of seven-year-old boys, as I found out the other day while watching my friend's son.

However, since about everyone I know (husband, BF, mother...the list goes on) is driven batshit crazy by the sound, I do try to keep it under wraps when others are around. Try being the operative word there. I limit myself to fingers and the occasional toe in public. I can see where it would be a little weird to start popping kneecaps and wrists at a cocktail soiree, but what's the odd finger joint crackle between friends?

10 comments:

Caffeine Court said...

I am gross in so many ways. I too love cracking my knuckles. You "crack" me up.

dizzblnd said...

I used to crack my knuckles all the time.

My son cracks his everything.

My husband only cracks his knuckles when he sleeps.

HeatherPride said...

Oh man! I am a chronic neck cracker, and let me tell you, I look I'm some kind of freak the way I go throwing my head about to get a good crack sometimes! Seriously, people have asked me what was wrong with me. No, it's not some kind of palsy, just a kink I gotta get out, like NOW....

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Sabrae said...

Guilty!!!! I crack everything! Knuckles, back, legs, toes!

NeverADullMoment said...

I wish I had the ability to crack things. I can only crack some of my fingers and toes. But there are days I would love to crack other things just to make myself feel better! Thanks for the words of encouragement yesterday! I truly appreciate them.

Minxy Mimi said...

Oh dear... that makes me nervous!
I crack my neck sometimes and it freaks me out!!!
I wish I could party with you and see it in person!!! LOL

Saucy Scribe Debora said...

Just found your blog from SITs - will be bookmarking it, you girls are fun! :)

My son is knuckle, knee, back, finger and neck cracker - and it drives me nuts!

Angela said...

Hi -- thanks for the comment on my blog. I gotta' tell you...I'm one of the ones who complains about people who crack their knuckles. I absolutely hate it when my husband does that in public.

The Chic Chauffeur said...

My son has a friend who has a skill that makes him the 'human jump rope'. Apparently he can, while clasping his hands tightly, completely rotate his arms all the way around his body (as though he were jumping rope with his arms). All of your 'joint' talk reminded me of him! There is a new skill you can start working on!