Gentlemen, I'm not quite sure how to take some of the replies, I'm not an idiot.
Thank you for your time.
You're in better shape than I am. The only times in life I have felt like an idiot with any regularity have consistently involved telescopes.
By the numbers:
Number of times I've said aloud "Lefty loosey, righty tighty" after the age of 10 in real life: 1
Number of times I've said aloud "Lefty loosey, right tighty" after the age of 10 around telescopes: 490. Once last week.
Number of times I've removed the OTA before removing the counterweight: 6
Number of times I've done that in the past year: 2
Number of times I've left my equipment in a public park while I sprinted a 1/2-mile or full mile back to my old apartment to get a Bahtinov mask or dew shield: 3
Number of times I've imaged with a Bahtinov mask still on: 3
Maximum amount of time it took me to realize the Bahtinov mask was still on: all night ("Why are these [lunar] images so dim and fuzzy? Maybe I should just pack it up.")
Number of times in real life I've accidentally placed a finger inside the outlet hole of a power strip and received a mild shock: 0
Number of times around telescopes I've accidentally placed a finger inside the outlet of a power strip and received a mild shock: 1st time last week (I'd never had mains power around a telescope before last March - what a joy provided I do not electrocute myself - so this number will likely increase)
Number of times in any situation I've had to think about which direction counterclockwise is when the object is in front of me (electric focus motor) and facing in the same direction (toward the focuser) I am facing: 1 time this week. "Wait, counterclockwise is...the second hand goes from left to right. No mirror image, so..." I then made an L-shape with my thumbs and index fingers to confirm left and right.
I'm ashamed to say these are all actually true stories; however, I can guarantee that every person on here, if she/he has not made these same completely idiotic mistakes, leaps of logic, or misjudgments, has made others.
I doubt anyone here actually intended to sound the wrong way. Forums such as these are horrible when interpreting a person's tone, even with emoticons.
Edited by gfstallin, 03 June 2018 - 11:32 AM.