so when i am eating candy and there are four or five flavors or so - starburst would be an appropriate example here, not because i eat it all that often but because of the flavors and the fact that when i do eat it, i eat it in the manner soon to be described - i eat them in sets. i can't think of a better term; but i tried. what i mean is that (continuing with the four-flavor starburst example) i would eat four, one of each flavor, before eating a second of any one flavor.
it is not a strict rule. if someone else offers me a piece of candy, i don't take one of each, and i don't feel weird by not having one of each (as an ocd'er might). and there is no fixed order of flavors per set either. (..
he said defensively.)
here's where it gets a bit deeper though. see, that system works fine when using a small package that has the same number of each flavor. but in those cases where even numbers are not assured, a little work must be done. i will make as many full sets as i can and put those back in the container. then i will make sets minus a flavor. and then again, until i'm left with however many extra of one flavor i have. i will then eat them in reverse order: singles, doubles, etc., saving full sets for last. it makes the first few days or week of the candy a little monotonous but such is my absurdity.
i know, crazy, right? but my reasoning is sound. you see, if you [i] eat too many of the same flavor then your [my] tongue gets lazy and they do not taste as good or as distinct. i'm sure not a lot of people do it but i'm not wearing a lab coat and my hair is not white and sticking up, so i think i'm still sane. odd, but sane.
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