Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Fruits, Vegetables, and Non-European Countries

I am not thrilled by fruits, vegetables, or non-European countries. I wouldn't say I hate them--not at all. I love a good peach or a salty baked potato. I will even occasionally order tomato basil soup at a restaurant. But I don't want to talk about a side dish involving green beans. I won't ever care passionately about that, unless it is au gratin. I don't write down recipes for salad. That's just the way it is with me.

In much the same way, non-European countries do not excite me. I feel that I would probably like most actual countries and the people from the country--I certainly bear them no malice. But whenever people tell me, "Oh! You should read blah blah about a blah blah from blah blah," I think to myself, "I'm never going to read that." And I make no mental note to read it, even though I might say to my well-meaning friend, "Oh, thanks!" If I know the person pretty well I will tell them, "Look, I appreciate the recommendation and it sounds great but I just don't really like books about the Middle East or The Orient or South America or the Pacific Islands or even, really, Hawaii. It's not you. It's me."

There's lots of stuff that does thrill me--but I have to be discriminating, you know? So if it doesn't thrill me I have to cut it out of my life. I've done this with eye shadow, bento boxes, Soduku, So You Think You Can Dance, sports, and age defying. Life's too short, people.

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  1. Thank you for your swift attention to this matter. I too have given up eyeshadow (truly for the better) but you'll never get me to forfeit my one summer indulgence--SYTYCD.

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  2. Eye shadow, totally over rated. Sudoku, blah. And I don't even know what a bento box is. I get what your saying.

    If only I could figure out how to get rid of big homework projects. Those totally don't thrill me.

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  3. I admit, I still wear eyeshadow but only in hopes of diverting attention away from my wrinkles.

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  4. I too have thrown out many things that don't "fit" in my life any more. One of the real benefits of getting older.


    word ver: wybho I mean really, why should we be a ho?

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  5. Sorry---LOVE fruits and veggies---I'm totally weird that way.

    Love eyeshadow, am afraid to be caught without it. (its scary--trust me)

    Never liked Sudoku---there I'll agree.

    And since I am offically a BBC American---don't want to have anything to do with all the other countries...

    SYTYCD, though---come on...even my hubby loves it!

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  6. I'm with Shawn, how can you cut SYTYCD out of your life. Shameful!

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  7. I'm totally with you on the non-European countries and So You Think You Can Dance.

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  8. and the veggies.

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  9. I try not to make negative comments on other people's blogs , but I usually like your blog, and that comment about not liking non-European countries just makes me sick to my stomach. Were you just trying to be funny or are you really that ethnocentric?

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  10. I've never liked eating leaves of any kind (lettuce, spinach, etc). One time I went on a date with a guy who accused me of lying that I didn't like salad because "you're a girl and that's what girls eat. Why are you being dishonest with me?" That relationship ended quickly.

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  11. Kacy -- you really should read Wild Swans! I'm not a veggies person either, but I try.

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  12. I love many non-European countries, but I have no desire to go to India, ever. Is this terrible? All of the things you "have given up" such as eyeshadow and bento boxes, I've given up as well. I also don't see why ironing is important or memorizing phone numbers. Life is too short. I had to admit to a former student last year, when she invited me to the symphony for the umpteenth time, that I'd rather just stay home.

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  13. I like your honesty. I am working toward that. As for knowing yourself enough to not even worry about giving a book a try, that I am sure is way out in my future. I haven't explored enough in the world to have decided what I like and what I don't.

    You always seem one step ahead of me. I think that is why I like you. You give me lots to think about.

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  14. A-feaking-MEN! This was a brilliant and beloved recent revelation for me. I really don't have to include anything in my life that I don't just LOVE. It's a happy place. Maybe it's one of those "I'm almost 40 and I don't have time for this crap" type things.

    word verification: moobject==FUN!

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