What is one trait that you've inherited from your parents, and when did it you first notice it?

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Previous Question:

What is one trait that you've inherited from your parents, and when did it you first notice it?

Trent answers: Inefficient grocery shopping. I haven't owned a car for much of my life. So when I go to the supermarket, I'm frequently piggybacking on someone else's trip (a friend, roommate, significant other, etc.) Throughout the years, my shopping buddies have commented on my in-store procedures and habits. Apparently I have a tendency to serpentine through each aisle religiously—carefully surveying each shelf until I find something that I need (semi-regardless of how long my grocery list actually is).

I also default to a patient stroll and apparently end up focusing less on groceries than most other grocery shoppers do. All of this amounts to me taking much longer to shop than whoever actually drove me to the store, which I feel bad about. With extreme focus, I can break these habits. However, I inevitably revert my old ways over time.

I didn't realize that all of this was hereditary until the age of 23, when my mother and I went to the supermarket to pick up a few extra ingredients for dinner and ended up leaving the store nearly two hours later.


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What is something that you really enjoy doing, despite being objectively poor at doing it?

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