Are you a perfectionist? (with loudspeaker restoration update)

Advents, OCD, perectionism, restoration, woodworking
@TheHorse (72513)
Walnut Creek, California
December 20, 2015 8:16pm CST
My house looks messy to some people. There are papers on the floor of my SUV. Sometimes I leave dishes in the sink. My bathtub can be downright scary if I haven't gone into a Comet frenzy recently. But there are some ares in my life where I'm a perfectionist. I can't stand typos in any of my class handouts. Even on my MyLot posts, if I see a typo, I'll correct it. Another area of perfectionism is my speaker refinishing. The speakers I refinish can't just look good. They have to look virtually new. This morning, I posted about a pair of speakers that came in yesterday for restoration. Their bottoms looked hideous--all scratched and discolored. Today, I worked on those bottoms while I watched football. To the casual observer, they might look all sanded down and ready for oil. But I still see some micro-scratches in both surfaces, so I'm not going to oil them up until I attack those scratches with hot water and then lightly sand again. I won't be happy unless all surfaces look really nice when I'm done. Do you have areas in which you're a perfectionist? Are you a slob in other areas, like I am (sometimes)?
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@LadyDuck (177123)
• Switzerland
21 Dec 15
You look a lot like my husband, his working area looks like a mess, papers everywhere, even on the floor, but with his work he is a perfectionist. I am not a perfectionist, but I try to do everything I do at my best and I like a clean and neat house
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@TheHorse (72513)
• Walnut Creek, California
21 Dec 15
I see my space as sort of typical of the absent-minded professor. Papers everywhere. But I know where everything is.
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@LadyDuck (177123)
• Switzerland
21 Dec 15
@TheHorse This is what my husband says all the time, but I do not understand why he asks to me when he cannot find. I do not touch his papers, his office is the only place where I do not even enter.
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@1hopefulman (32574)
• Canada
21 Dec 15
Yes, I'm a perfectionist and want everything to be just right and it takes me a lot longer to do anything because of having a perfectionist mentality. While I may be a perfectionist, I'm far from perfect.
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@TheHorse (72513)
• Walnut Creek, California
21 Dec 15
None of us humans are anywhere near perfect! But I suppose trying really hard on some things gives me a sense of "control." I feel bad if I teach a boring class or have a bad evening at softball. With my speakers, I can work a bit harder and know they'll turn out well.
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@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
21 Dec 15
It's really strange for me that I have what I call OCD about certain things and other things just don't bother me at all. Now my brother, he has OCD about everything.
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@TheHorse (72513)
• Walnut Creek, California
21 Dec 15
Must be hard on him. And perhaps on those around him.
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@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
26 Dec 15
@TheHorse It really is hard on him because he doesn't want to be that way. And it has been hard on me as well, especially in the beginning when I first moved in with him. Now, I am used to it and we joke about it a lot.
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@TheHorse (72513)
• Walnut Creek, California
26 Dec 15
@simone10 I have a friend with OCD. We've talked enough about it that I can tease him about certain things.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
22 Dec 15
It takes me a while to unclutter, I don't dust often enough, but typos drive me nuts.
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@TheHorse (72513)
• Walnut Creek, California
22 Dec 15
This place gets dusty too, especially with all the sanding I do.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
22 Dec 15
@TheHorse 5 people and 4 1/2 cats, so we get a bit too much dust.
• Preston, England
21 Dec 15
I'm a prefectionizt, er, profeccshunistt, prufekshanistt, - perfectionist! Yes, that one. - No, I'm quite a slob actually
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@TheHorse (72513)
• Walnut Creek, California
22 Dec 15
Well, I am a slob about some things. But I just can't stand typoos.
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• Preston, England
23 Dec 15
@TheHorse I can handle them if they are in small number but some work becomes virtually unreadable and obviously got posted with zero effort to spell check or edit
@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
21 Dec 15
This is something that we have in common. The degree to which I will go depends purely on what I am doing and how highly it rates in my opinion. I allow things to become untidy all too often, but but I am creating a spreadsheet or document it must be precisely what I intended or I will continue and amend things until it finally qualifies. PS I see that you turned the speakers around before photographing them again.
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@TheHorse (72513)
• Walnut Creek, California
21 Dec 15
I will keep turning them eternally. Just wait until I get to the "good surfaces."
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@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
21 Dec 15
@TheHorse Those poor speakers must be dizzy by now. They must feel as though they have been playing "Let's twist again" by Chubby Checker.
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@crossbones27 (21403)
• Redlands, California
21 Dec 15
That is a great point. Many areas I am. They say that is a Virgo thing. You know how many people feel about that or I am sure you have heard. Anyway, I am the same way. I really am not the cleanest person in the world, but when I clean it has to be perfect. That is with many things I have a passion for in life 10 rimes over.
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@TheHorse (72513)
• Walnut Creek, California
26 Dec 15
I like to call it "selective" OCD. I think it's healthy. My first grown-up job (other than tutoring statistics part time) was diswasher. I was the pots expert. My pots haad to be perfect, or I wasn't satisfied.
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@BelleStarr (39695)
• United States
21 Dec 15
lol Yes that is what I refer to as my OCD areas. I think we all have them to some extent.
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@TheHorse (72513)
• Walnut Creek, California
21 Dec 15
I think they can actually be helpful to us!
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• Canada
21 Dec 15
I can totally relate to what you're saying. I'm a perfectionist in my writing and can revise a story or poem over and over again. I hate typos and grammar mistakes in my own posts, though it doesn't bother me as much in others' posts. It does bother me in published books and newspapers, though.
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@TheHorse (72513)
• Walnut Creek, California
21 Dec 15
I'm the same. If I see a typo in someone else's casual post, I'm happy that they don't feel compelled to be "perfect." But if I see one in a book or newspaper, I start thinking things like "the decline and fall of Western Civilization."
@Plethos (10950)
• United States
21 Dec 15
i have stuff scattered around. people say its disorganized, a complete mess, but thing is, i put the items there i know where they are. if someone moves something, it throws me off, i get all pissy because i cant find the item. to me, organization is when you know where items are at. and for the love of god, sand them deep cavernous scratches out of the wood ! its hideous ! the last time anything scratched that deep, it was called the grand canyon! youre doing fine, some wet sanding to rejuvenate the wood, im hoping it closes the scratches a little .
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@TheHorse (72513)
• Walnut Creek, California
21 Dec 15
Yep. If someone tried to "organize" my work space, I'd be doomed. Worry not. Those canyons will be gone. I actually let the "water treatments" dry before I sand again
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@andriaperry (58953)
• Anniston, Alabama
21 Dec 15
I try to be the same everywhere but I know I am a perfectionist in some areas, but I have to be neat and clean, once its out of hand I would have to call in the hoarders t.v. show.
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@TheHorse (72513)
• Walnut Creek, California
21 Dec 15
I do periodic purgings of my house, throwing out as much stuff as I can.
@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Dec 15
Vince is like you - papers everywhere but very fussy about some things. I'm more middle of the road although I hate typos in anything.
@TheHorse (72513)
• Walnut Creek, California
21 Dec 15
I caught some typos in one of my comments this morning. Corrected them, of course.
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