Tapati (tapati) wrote,

Out of synch with our culture

One of the LJs I read is an author of light fantasy novels, and today she had an interesting post where she mentioned some of the ways in which she feels out of synch with things other people in our culture value or even obsess about. She invited us to come up with our own. These are not necessarily things I am seeking agreement about--just how I feel as I observe these things that most people seem to enjoy or choose. I invite you all to add your own.

1. I don't get high heels. Why anyone would lock their feet into what amounts to a torture chamber for the whole day--every day--is beyond me. It causes problems with their feet and throws the whole spine out of it's natural alignment. Maybe it's not quite as bad as foot binding, but it's just as incomprehensible. Yeah, I've heard about how it makes the legs look so much better and so on, how sexy they are supposed to be. Somehow I just don't feel sexy when I'm uncomfortable. Not wearing these things has spared me from all the corns and bunions and ingrown toenails my mom put up with--we had the same feet.

2. I'm with you on the designer bags and I also don't see the need to pant after designer clothes, most of which seem to be designed for one body type--one I don't possess.

3. I'm immune to American Idol. I tried to get into it and could only yawn. The judges were even more boring than the contestants.

4. I don't get makeup. I hate the way it feels, I feel sorry for women who can't be seen by anyone before they put it on, I can't imagine wasting all that time and money, and I resent feeling forced to wear it on job interviews, not to mention feeling like a fake. I feel like I should issue a disclaimer--you will never see me wear make up again! Perhaps I am spoiled by being blessed with a perfect complexion, I don't know. When I look in the mirror I feel just fine with what I see.

5. Team sports...I Just Don't Care. Worse yet--golf. If I wanted to cure my insomnia, I should Tivo some golf games.

6. Celebrity gossip. I absolutely hate the way this has intruded on real news. I don't want to know the latest about Britney's mental health, "Brangelina" or any other celebrity news other than perhaps their obits. I have no idea why so many people in our culture hang on every twist and turn of celebrities' lives the way they do, but it should be kept in the tabloids and a small column in the lifestyle section of the paper. This has had a real impact on the actual news we need to know more about and caused me to go scrambling for other news sources to make up for the lack.

7. The use of music with lyrics while actors are speaking during TV shows. It's bad enough that we have to be inflicted with a wave of music written with the hope of being used in these shows, meaning a bunch of insipid romantic songs that all sound the same, but now I have to strain to hear the actors over the singing. Do I have to switch on closed captioning? If they're going to use these songs, they should limit it to the non-speaking moments. (I do admit that a few shows have good music and I've discovered a few good bands this way.)

8. Sushi. Ok, I'm a vegetarian from the food unenlightened midwest. 'Nuff said.

9. SUVs. They can't speed around curves like my Miata, they take too much money to fill up the tank--and you have to do it too often, they are butt ugly, and they are using up the remaining oil at a rate we just can't afford. If there were just a few of them on the road it wouldn't be so bad, but they breed like rabbits, evidently. Also, some of the drivers think they own the road and you will get out of their way no matter what crazy stunt they pull because of course their tank will hurt you and your car. People say, "We get them for the children." I see one or two children if any in most of the SUVs I see. If you have a family of six or more, ok you need one. Have one kid and want to be safe? Get a Volvo.

10. Over-use of cell phones. As a heart patient I have one for emergencies. I never give out the number. Frankly, I don't want to be reached every where I go. I'm not a member of the Enterprise crew needing to be called away from shore leave for an emergency. I also don't get the mania for texting all day long. Maybe you need to be a teen or twenty-something with a boyfriend to get it. The tiny keys would drive me insane within the first hour.

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