I'm not good at processing them or remembering what they said
The more steps there are to a process, the less likely my chances of "getting it."
I also have lots of trouble with verbal numbers and directional and time-related things. Numbers alone are bad enough, but when verbal, they're so confusing. Like when somebody says, "It's a quarter of ten," I'm like, WTF does that mean?--fifteen after?--fifteen to? "Quarter after/quarter to" is bad enough (I usually have to say, e. g., "Nine fifteen" or "Nine forty-five")--"quarter of" makes no sense!
When Judge Judy says something like, "Nine less three," I want to yell, "Nine MINUS three!!"
And why do TV news people always have to say "top/bottom of the hour"? Just say the time, dammit! Hours don't have tops or bottoms. They have beginnings and ends.
I'll need to know a phone number or something and somebody will rattle it off fast or say, "Fifty fifty" instead of "Five zero five zero" and I get so lost.
My mother has this thing where she wants to know if a car is coming and when I ask, "Which direction?" she goes, "That one!" I keep asking her to say "LEFT!" or "RIGHT!"
But, yeah...one reason I haven't learned to do many basic things is because I would need very clear, s-l-o-w instructions repeated to me over and over, and so far in my life, nobody has been patient enough to do that.
This may also be related to my difficulty paying attention to podcasts and YouTube video narration, and my irritation when people try to tell long jokes or read to me. (I love reading to others (not that anybody wants me to), but dislike the opposite.)
If I don't reply to you, it's NOTHING PERSONAL. It's my ANXIETY.
(Devetko's boyfriend Stan Brooks & Det. Reichert are horsing around.)
Det. Kristeva: "If it were legal you'd marry me, right?"
Det. Devetko: "Definitely."
(It's legal now!! But Kristeva's already married. ;_; )
"No canoes...no maple sugar...this place is horribly uncivilized."--Manabozho, Escape From Manitou Island