Things You Probably Like, Which I Hate
Ha! Such fun. Stolen from Tammie.
With the caveat that many of the things I love, I am sure many people hate, I present to you my list:
1. Short stories. I am just not a fan, despite many tries and the valiant attempts of favorite authors to tempt me. I can’t even read Neil Gaiman short stories. The only collection I have enjoyed recently was Dreams Underfoot by Charles de Lint, and that’s only because they were completely linked by the town of Newford and many of the same characters showed up in the stories, and many of the events were referenced, so it felt more like a book. I just get irritated at short stories. Too condensed. Not enough pages. Sometimes too profound or too precious. I just can’t get on the short-story train.
2. Starbucks. I don’t like anything about Starbucks. I hate their coffee, I hate their whole take-over-the-world business model, I hate the canned music they play and I really hate the fact that they offer pre-mixed themed CDs for sale at the counter, especially at the holidays when everyone is lined up for crappy peppermint mochas. The only thing I like about Starbucks is every once in awhile they have good mugs for sale, but honestly Peet’s (local chain) has better mugs and better coffee, and outstanding tea. (that said, I’ll drink it in a pinch, but I’d rather have Peet’s or Stumptown or Peaberry’s or even diner coffee anytime)
3. Talk radio. I went through a brief period a few months ago where I could listen to it and enjoy it, but now I’m back to hating it. I don’t want to listen to people talk. Blah blah blah, blah blah. I know Car Talk is funny and NPR has great stories and KPFA is a local bastion of independent liberal radio, but I just don’t enjoy it. Usually.
4. Aside from being mostly-veg, I’m really not that picky about food but I really hate grocery store cakes. You know, those big sheet cakes with horribly thick frosting. I am not a fan of frosting and I’m really not a fan of bad cake. I don’t understand why people buy these. I guess it makes sense for an office celebration, but it’s just crap cake for at home or a party.
Oh, I also don’t really care for most sandwiches. Too much bread. What a pain to assemble. Exception: grilled cheese.
5. Going out for breakfast. What a hassle. I love breakfast food, but you can make a pretty awesome breakfast at home with no problem, and in your jammies to boot. Thankfully I don’t ever really go out to breakfast, but I’d so much rather have a really yummy breakfast at home in my comfies with a giant book or the newspaper. Crowds and having to drive and park and wait and pay… not what I want to do first thing in the morning. Having someone MAKE me breakfast… now THAT I support. Fully.
6. Sitting in the sun. I can’t do it for more than a few minutes. I get too hot, I burn, I get a headache. I’m a delicate flower.
7. Chick Lit. As usual (because I am rarely black-and-white about anything) there are a few exceptions, but I really can’t stand those shopping/rom-com/lightweight/fluffy chick lit books. I also can’t stand most romance novels, although I really would like to find an exception to that.
8. Parties. (although I really enjoy planning parties) Especially baby showers, wedding showers, or any party involving more than about 10 people.
9. Smarm-rock. You know what I mean. Train. Dave Matthews. Hootie. Middle-of-the-road jam bands. Also: smooth jazz, , John Mayer, etc. Gag.
10. Ummmm…. This was harder than I expected. I think I would have a much easier time coming up with things that I like that I wouldn’t expect others to like. I think when I dislike something I pretty much avoid it and put it out of my mind. Also, I tend not to think in absolutes. But this was fun to think about.