I do this stupid thing with my face when I work. So I’m standing there with a weird twist to my jaw, looking like I don’t have any teeth and part of my jawbone is missing.
And worse, when I cut backing, the sawing action of the scissors triggers my jaw to pump in rhythm. What the heck is that all about? I’ve noticed in the past when I’m using the sewing machine, I’m doing something weird with my mouth, cocking my lower jaw to the left and curling my upper lip. I kinda feel like Elvis, "Thankyou, Thankyouverymuch"
I understand the face is an open book for lifting and straining. Constipation can screw it up royally and lifting something heavier than a toaster might make you grit the teeth, but pushing a Sharpie marker, come on, that's like licking ice cream, why the face? Do any of you do this kind of thing or am I some sort of mouth freak? Maybe I'll get Shane to take a picture of me doing this to see how bad it actually is and if it isn't too offensive, I'll post it. Update on the photo (Nope, not gonna happen....not a flattering image...something best hung in the basement to scare rats away!)
At the shop in the evenings, I stand in front of the big plate glass window never thinking twice about all the people walking or driving by. I look out and see darkness so I feel cocooned and private, but they all look in at a brightly lit room and there's me doing weird things with my face.
Now I know we all do things when we don’t realize people are watching. I’ve seen a good many drivers engaged in nasal penetration. For some reason we think we can’t be seen because we’re on the move? The fact that the car is made up of about 30% windows makes it nothing more than a mobile fish bowl. Don't go for the boogie, we see you and want to keep our breakfast down!
When driving, I’m guilty of a few air guitar solos and belting out the tunes into a fist mike, but I keep my fingers out of the orifices of my face and never, ever touch my eyes. I saw a show once that left a lasting impression; where a guy bit off his finger because he had it in his mouth during a rear-ender at a four way stop. One big gulp and the digit landed in his stomach. Whether it’s truth or an urban legend, it does get you thinking. Touching around the eyes could result in a nasty incident so I stay well clear of handling any part of my face in a parked or moving vehicle.
I know a woman who drives with her mouth agape, her lower jaw hangs as if the muscle gave up the ghost, you just know there's drool. She’s intelligent and normally very pretty, but seeing her behind the wheel, not so much. So why do we do these things? There must be a reason behind the phenomena and this inquiring mind needs to know. As for me working in front of the window, I'll be more aware that I'm on public display, keeping the facial tics in check along with making sure I'm buttoned up and wearing make-up.....