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 Post subject: NAHERP AND OCD
PostPosted: May 27th, 2016, 2:03 pm 
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Finishing work around 3am tonight then heading to Florida for some Everglades herping and possibly committing suicide by mosquito bites. My OCD, however, has kept me up sleepless nights staring at all of the unvouchered counties in the great state of Texas. Thus, in the next week my goal is to close out the state of Texas, and if unsuccessful, close it out on the way back from Florida. If nothing else, I'm sure it will be a lot of DORs. I just want Texas to be fully green on that map :thumb:


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 Post subject: Re: NAHERP AND OCD
PostPosted: May 28th, 2016, 6:29 am 
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Marc, I completely understand. I went through the same thing with Oregon and I've been chipping away at ID for a few years, lately I've been eye-balling WY. Yeah, I guess it's a little obsessive.
Texas still has a lot of open counties and they are spread out over a great distance so you have your work cut out for you. Paint it green man!


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PostPosted: May 29th, 2016, 7:36 am 

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Finishing work around 3am tonight then heading to Florida for some Everglades herping and possibly committing suicide by mosquito bites. My OCD, however, has kept me up sleepless nights staring at all of the unvouchered counties in the great state of Texas. Thus, in the next week my goal is to close out the state of Texas, and if unsuccessful, close it out on the way back from Florida. If nothing else, I'm sure it will be a lot of DORs. I just want Texas to be fully green on that map :thumb:


this is GREAT... :beer: are you seriously (as in diagnosed) as OCD??? and if so... kudos on making it a positive aspect in your life... :thumb:

If just a joke... well, then... I'm stupid... but then again, so are you for poking fun at those with mental health issues.


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PostPosted: May 30th, 2016, 12:41 pm 
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hellihooks wrote:
this is GREAT... :beer: are you seriously (as in diagnosed) as OCD??? and if so... kudos on making it a positive aspect in your life... :thumb:

If just a joke... well, then... I'm stupid... but then again, so are you for poking fun at those with mental health issues.


I have mild OCD; nestled in with a few other quirky things. I guess one person's "poking fun" opinion is another's "I can relate" thought.


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PostPosted: May 30th, 2016, 3:47 pm 

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i think hubbs HAS to be OCD... to enter the amount of data he enters... :crazyeyes: so-called 'disabilities' are only disabling, if you allow them to be... :thumb:


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PostPosted: June 1st, 2016, 8:18 am 
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Hi guys -

I finally got to log onto the internet (at some random Texas Starbucks) after non-stop driving through Texas since Saturday night. From the time I left work until about Monday night-ish, I had slept a total of 5 hours. Not that that is an amazing feat, it's just amazing that I do it without drugs, coffee, Red Bull, etc......... :lol:

I've banged out as much of Texas as I probably could, mostly driving, and I have much to add from my camera as all of the records have been uploaded through Herp Mapper. Some of the counties I thought would be easy were not productive at all (far West end of Texas, I'll have to try again on my way back in a few weeks) and some of the counties that I thought wre going to be tough ended up being very productive!!

I didn't plan on lots of storms ripping though here during this past week and was at first quite dejected, but the rains have proven to be a gift s it became easier to find frogs and toads on the road during and after and snakes coming out for some easy meals and snakes just out and about anyway, regardless of chilly temps and pouring rain!!

I haven't been officially diagnosed with OCD Jimbo, but I definitely have it. Not so with cleanliness (although I am super clean) but I have major OCD with symmetry and organization and numbers (for example, any type of volume has to always be set on an even number and all of my cash has to be all facing the same way :lol: :lol: ). So, when it comes to the HERP map and I see white counties it drives me INSANE :crazyeyes: and when I look at Texas and see someone entering records in a county right next to a white one I pound my fist on my table and plead "Please just hop over one county and get a voucher. Please. Please. PLEASE!!! All you have to do is find a toad!!!!" :D

Well, enough of the chit chatter, still raining out and I have a couple more counties to screw around in the next couple of days before venturing East some more. Happy herping!!


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PostPosted: June 1st, 2016, 8:21 am 
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hellihooks wrote:


this is GREAT... :beer: are you seriously (as in diagnosed) as OCD??? and if so... kudos on making it a positive aspect in your life... :thumb:

If just a joke... well, then... I'm stupid... but then again, so are you for poking fun at those with mental health issues.[/quote]

I would never poke fun at anyone with mental health issues, but anyone who wastes gas, money and valuable free time chasing reptile and amphibians definitely has some issues......... :thumb:


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PostPosted: June 1st, 2016, 11:57 am 
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MarcLinsalata wrote:
hellihooks wrote:


this is GREAT... :beer: are you seriously (as in diagnosed) as OCD??? and if so... kudos on making it a positive aspect in your life... :thumb:

If just a joke... well, then... I'm stupid... but then again, so are you for poking fun at those with mental health issues.


I would never poke fun at anyone with mental health issues, but anyone who wastes gas, money and valuable free time chasing reptile and amphibians definitely has some issues......... :thumb:[/quote]


hey now! what are you trying to say marc ? lol :lol: i don't call it wasting gas i call it a necessary expense (however i am looking at getting a prius to severely cut that cost down !) anyways, awesome work man i appreciate all of your efforts and you challenge me to get out there after getting off at 2 am and get a few dors! good luck man!


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PostPosted: June 1st, 2016, 3:10 pm 

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MarcLinsalata wrote:

I haven't been officially diagnosed with OCD Jimbo, but I definitely have it. Not so with cleanliness (although I am super clean) but I have major OCD with symmetry and organization and numbers (for example, any type of volume has to always be set on an even number



I resist any change... and so for DECADES I've always set the volume on my TV, by even numbers, so, it was (i thought) a big deal when I decided it was time for a change, and started using only odd numbers... turns out i'm so old now i gotta turn my TV up to 30 to hear it... :shock: think about it.... :crazyeyes: :lol: :lol: :lol:


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PostPosted: June 1st, 2016, 5:37 pm 
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Yes to the money facing the same way and the volume needing to be at regular intervals (for me it's 5).

I also count stairs--number of steps per landing, etc. For example, in the last building where I worked, there was a landing between each floor (i.e. two flights of stairs), and four stairwells total in my wing--two in the front half, two in the back half. In the front half of the building, each flight in each stairwell had 14 steps. In the back half, one flight in each stairwell had 16 steps and one had 12 steps--same number of total steps, but it drove me crazy (somewhat literally).

Regarding the TX counties, and wondering why someone doesn't just go one more county--that's easily an extra hour or more, and much of my herping lately has been "incidental" while doing other errands, projects, etc. so I don't really have the time. There is a white county just north of the last county I logged, but again, I was in the south half of the county and it would've been another hour or so and I had other appointments.


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PostPosted: June 4th, 2016, 9:39 am 
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chris_mcmartin wrote:
Yes to the money facing the same way and the volume needing to be at regular intervals (for me it's 5).

I also count stairs--number of steps per landing, etc. For example, in the last building where I worked, there was a landing between each floor (i.e. two flights of stairs), and four stairwells total in my wing--two in the front half, two in the back half. In the front half of the building, each flight in each stairwell had 14 steps. In the back half, one flight in each stairwell had 16 steps and one had 12 steps--same number of total steps, but it drove me crazy (somewhat literally).

Regarding the TX counties, and wondering why someone doesn't just go one more county--that's easily an extra hour or more, and much of my herping lately has been "incidental" while doing other errands, projects, etc. so I don't really have the time. There is a white county just north of the last county I logged, but again, I was in the south half of the county and it would've been another hour or so and I had other appointments.


I understand, Chris, I was joking about the 'just one more county over' thing. Well, half joking :) I know how expensive and time consuming it can be.

Well, only Loving and Ector county remain in Texas - I'm going to have to close these on the way back home in a couple of weeks. I don't care how many passes I have to do on those lifeless roads, SOMETHING has to come out eventually. The rest have been successfully vouchered. I have a lot more entries to put in for my trip so far that I didn't use HErpMapper for, just need to crash in a hotel room soon for the night and crack a beer and start ID'ing the 8 million frog calling videos I have on my phone and camera :beer: .

Well, upward on and onward to Florida...............but I'm going to attempt to make Louisiana green as well tonight :shock:

Marc


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PostPosted: June 6th, 2016, 12:05 pm 
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I had OCD with the database for a long time, but I decided to take a break and not enter as much. Now I have OCD with photographing birds. I'm up to 224+ species since Oct. I guess OCD does not go away, it just changes directions... :lol: I have not stopped getting herp data, just slowed down, but when I came home from the Midwest with 100 herp shots and over 850 bird pics I knew there was a problem...


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PostPosted: June 6th, 2016, 12:41 pm 

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Woooo Hoooo!!!.... 8,001 posts (more than anyone else) sure glad i'm not OCD... i'd be out of control... :roll: :lol: :lol: :lol:


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PostPosted: June 10th, 2016, 11:40 pm 
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You're not out of control? Since when?


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PostPosted: June 12th, 2016, 10:45 am 

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Brian Hubbs wrote:
You're not out of control? Since when?


I don't pay attention to silly abstract stuff, like time. ;)


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PostPosted: June 28th, 2016, 4:00 pm 
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Well, the trip was somewhat successful - I closed out Texas and Louisiana. Lots of DOR records, but whatever.

My last week was not so great in West Texas and New Mexico, it was awfully hot and dry and nothing much seemed to show but it was still fun and even managed a few unexpected lifers. I have many records to enter still including about 50 frog calling videos still between Texas, Louisiana, South Carolina and Florida. Very nerve wracking, especially the Florida ones where there are some clips of maybe 7 species calling. Going to be fun and nerve wracking at the same time. Headphones, beer, identify.............. :beer:


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PostPosted: June 29th, 2016, 5:50 am 
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Nice work Marc, Texas and Louisiana never looked better.


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PostPosted: July 2nd, 2016, 9:08 am 
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Good work Marc...you're the new Hubbs... :lol: But I think it's really cool that you've got the itch to fill in those ugly white and lavender counties. It's a hoot. Keep up the good work. I'm going to get back to doing that in the fall, if there's anything left to get by then... :shock:


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