Of course, "things I like to touch" came from Bagman. And I'm pretty sure what he had in mind and it probably would have caused him to be banned from Blogspot forever. Fortunately, it's been so long that he's given up and I can't even remember suggesting it. And, unfortunately, it was a huge challenge to come up with something.
The challenge was finding the willingness to be brutally honest with myself and show my bloggy friends the hard truth...
BAGMAN: "AAArgh!! No! I can't stand it! I don't even know you any more!!"
BUTLER: "Well, it does have a bit of a flare in a nice, cyberistic sort of way."
BAGMAN: "If this is your favorite thing to touch, I'm in the wrong body!"
Well, of course there is also this:
BAGMAN: "Have you turned into a robot?!! Have you sold your soul to Bill Gates!!"
BUTLER: "It could be worse, you know. Bill Gates is a bit of a philanthropist. He given so much money away that he's no longer the richest man in the world."
BAGMAN: "That's not the point! Mark 's gone all mental on us. What happened to smelling the roses then rolling in them? He's addicted to thinking!"
Well, I do like touching the soft fur of Diamond Bill...
BAGMAN: "A little better..."
And Karen's hair...it's a bit longer now.
And, I like touching myself.
BAGMAN: "ALL RIGHT! WE'RE COOKING NOW!!!"
I'm sorry to disappoint Bagman but this is embarassing enough. I've got a couple of things I discovered as a little kid -- kind of touch illusions. For instance:
If you get your fingers aligned perfectly straight across on both hands and tap them together, it almost feels like they are not separate fingers, or like there is a rular between them.
BAGMAN: "It just gets worse and worse!! Senility must have set in!"
And if you put your palms perfectly flat against each other and rub them back and forth, it also feels kind of weird.
BAGMAN: "Because it IS kind of weird!"
And this is more of an optical illusion than a touch one, but if you hold your fingers like this in front of your eyes and let your eyes focus on the horizon -- the reverse of crossing them -- it will look like a little hot dog appears between the gap.
There is the crashing sound of a door . "Where'd Bagman go?"
BUTLER: "What do you think? He gave up on you. Although I thought the last one was a bit interesting."
Oh yes, doors.
I like touching door knobs because they open doors
and doors always lead from one place
And I like the feel of G-forces just before
the rear-end starts to fishtail
And the heat of a car engine
And cool water in a pool.
And, of course, touching skin is always the best, but I'd get in huge amounts of trouble if I posted a picture of my lovely wife...
BUTLER: "And you'd get in even more trouble if you posted a picture of any one else!"