Why The Hell Does He Do That?

by Bill Brenner on March 9, 2011

My friends and family will tell you I have an arsenal of odd quirks. There’s the windmill hands. There’s the pacing, a trait my oldest son has inherited. Then there’s the fidgeting problem.

Mood music (R.I.P. Mike Starr):

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Ah, yes. I fidget a lot.

That’s why I tend to work with my feet up on the desk. It keeps me still. When I sit like a normal person my legs start to bounce up and down as if I had a couple bass drum pedals strapped on.

The feet on the desk started with a crippling back problem several years ago. I found that was the only way I could get comfortable. The back pain is long gone, but I still can’t seem to sit normally. In work meetings it would obviously be rude of me to put my feet on the table, so I sit with the feet on the ground.

Twenty minutes into the average meeting, I’m in hell. I have to hold back the overwhelming urge to tap my feet or tap the table with my fingers. If a meeting lasts more than an hour, sitting there starts to get physically painful.

I can never sit at the kitchen table for long, either. I tend to eat fast and then get up and do other things. Duncan has a similar problem.

In the grand scheme of things, I don’t think it’s that big of a deal. I live with it well enough, and nobody hassles me over it.

But next time you walk by my desk and wonder why I’m sitting the way I do, that’s why.

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Laura Coy October 20, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Same figgity diggity over here…sometimes the table is shaking before I recognize that it is me doing it, and I don’t know the faster I shake my leg, the better it feels…lol…my legs are up a lot while I am at the desk…because of pain…sitting in a regular upright chair kills me….luckily I don’t have to go to the office to do this anymore….Most people don’t understand why this is comforting to me. Its a distraction from the rest of my body which is typically in pain…sometimes it helps, sometimes I just need to give in and go to bed, and sleep for awhile to give myself a break from the pain. Hey, you are not hurting anyone by shaking your leg or tapping your fingers…it may be a little annoying to people at times, but better than binge eating or taking drugs??? I think so.
Laura

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