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everyday superpowers

June 9th, 2013 at 09:21 pm

This came up in a conversation about fruit. Yeah - somehow my conversations get wide ranging. My friend remarked that a pineapple that she got from her friend fresh from Hawaii was not nearly as good as one she got from her own cheapo fruit stand.

"I know. Its really who picks it out that counts," I said. "I'm pretty good at picking produce out myself."

The friend looked at me and said, "that is a superpower, you know."

In addition to the produce picking out which helps the food budget, but I also have another financial superpower: in writing or in email, I get what I want.

It's only in writing, not at all verbally. When red-flagged by the IRS in 1989, I wrote the letter supporting my case. The IRS backed off. When Capital One tried to bill me twice/month and dinged me for only paying once, I faxed my case and won.

It got me thinking - what other everyday superpowers does everybody have?

19 Responses to “everyday superpowers”

  1. Looking Forward Says:

    Time awareness.
    I can tell what time it is without looking at a clock and be within 10 minutes almost 100% of the time. I am also good at estimating how long it will take to drive from A to B or run an errand, etc...

  2. Petunia in a Flower Garden Says:

    I remember the words to songs just about forever. Unfortunately I can't carry a tune in a bushel basket (as my grandmother would have said).

  3. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Nah, I don' think I do. I missed the call when uncanny abilities were being handed out.

  4. ThriftoRama Says:

    We've talked about our great super powers too. Mine is filling out forms. DH's is digging holes.

  5. CB in the City Says:

    I have never received a ticket, except a parking ticket! I can keep a steady pace without a cruise control. Never use it.

  6. My English Castle Says:

    I am fantastic at swatting flies. Really. Whenever there's an annoying fly, my nuclear and extended family all know to hand me the fly swatter.

  7. PauletteGoddard Says:

    My superpower is finding the best places to eat on a road trip or in a strange city. We don't always eat at the best places because some people in our parties have allergies or are picky or are the wrong age, or they are closed, so we don't always eat at the best places, but I can always find them.

    I can also talk my way out of a speeding ticket or negotiate it way down without having to open-my-mouth-and-get-on-my-knees or show the Two of Cups, if you know what I mean. It is also a good superpower to have on a road trip.

  8. PatientSaver Says:

    Alas, I am merely mortal.

  9. MonkeyMama Says:

    I have super memory powers. Especially when it comes to numbers. For example, I have everyone I know, their phone #s, memorized. If I have called the more than once or twice, it's seared into my memory.

  10. rob62521 Says:

    No super power cape for me either. Interesting to read about everyone else's though. Guess that what makes the rest of you blessed with super powers...if everyone had them, they wouldn't be super powers. We mortals are your fans! :-)

  11. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    We mortals also find you superpowered people USEFUL! Wink

  12. baselle Says:

    Oh, I don't know, all you bloggers who have no superpowers. Perhaps everybody has one, they just don't recognize as such. Maybe you will rediscover it when you see it in action.

    @ looking forward - I used to have the telling time superpower, but I haven't used it in awhile. I'll try it out again and see if it comes back with use.

    @paulette - my sister can cry on cue, instantly and realistically. Definitely useful in WI, a state where it seems that speeding tickets are a revenue stream.

  13. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Hmm... I have the super power of never being able to remember song lyrics correctly. Big Grin

  14. MonkeyMama Says:

    I am sure everyone has some super powers. Wink I figured it would come to me in the middle of the night or something, but all I could think of was my memory. I am sure I have a few other random/subtle powers. Just not at front of mind.

  15. PauletteGoddard Says:

    @baselle my child can cry on cue too. I have "mom powers" but they aren't unique-to-me superpowers: I bet at least one other mom on this list can give a command in a voice that makes men's neck hairs prickle upwards, can find their child downtown after a seventeen-minute absence, tell when the kid is crying for real and when he is crying to get out of a bad situation or is overly worked up over something really picayune.

    My aunt has the superpowers of getting up at the correct time without an alarm clock just by telling herself before she goes to bed when she wants to wake up, and controlling the weather on special occasions.

    My late mother has the God power (because she is incorporeal now) of finding awesome parking, a superpower she had in her remaining years. I don't ever expect it, but sometimes I will get the perfect space.

    My son has the bizarre power of telling me exactly what I need/want to hear when I am feeling self-pity or self-loathing. My husband who has lived with me longer is always dumbfounded when someone so much younger with so less life experience can come up with something sincere and consoling.

  16. Miz Pat Says:

    I have two super powers.

    1) I can go into a room and KNOW who is hurting and where and give them a massage and fix it (especially people sitting in a cafeteria at lunch). I am Massage Goddess!

    2) Small homeless dogs know where I live and come find me for help.

    Oh - and I have made all the people in the factory where I work start meowing at me - or barking. Not really a super power, just normal insanity

  17. baselle Says:

    @Miz Pat - my mom had a barn cat superpower like that. She was nearly agrophobic, so, to a cat, her appearance outside was a near religious sighting. Anyway, often the wildest barn cats would visit her, talk to her, take a little communion, and then we'd never see the cat again.

  18. Miz Pat Says:

    @Baselle - Oh my god, that is so great. And yesterday, an abandoned starving puppy limped up to our guard house at work, and I ended up helping one of our employees to pull ticks out of it. We literally removed 50 of the horrible things, and then another 50 at the vets, and Lisa removed 20 this morning. She's going to adopt it. Its a little girl poodle, and you have never seen such a gentle little loving soul in such misry.

  19. Redraidernurse Says:

    I make milk. It calms all cries and booboos instantly. I consider that pretty super, and so does my baby. Smile

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