I saw this on John Coleman’s blog and thought it was an interesting idea. You should be reading Coleman’s work, by the way. He is on the staff of Crux, the pro-ID magazine, but he is a really bright and thought provoking writer. Anyway, the meme is this:
Behold, the Caesar’s Bath meme! List five things that people in your circle of friends or peer group are wild about, but you can’t really understand the fuss over. To use the words of Caesar (from History of the World Part I), “Nice. Nice. Not thrilling…but nice.”
Well this could be interesting. Only five? Okay, in no particular order…
1. Beer. I just don’t get it. It tastes like crap. And so-called “good beer” tastes even worse. And I’m tired of hearing people tell me that you “acquire a taste for it.” Why on earth would I want to?
2. Jim Carrey. He’s not funny. He’s never been funny. Tripping over things isn’t funny and it has never been funny, nor is bugging your eyes out or acting like a hyperactive child on crack. It wasn’t funny when Jerry Lewis did it, it wasn’t funny when Chevy Chase did it, and it’s not funny when Jim Carrey does it.
3. Amusement Parks. I actually have a theory that no one enjoys amusement parks, but they’ve spent so much time and energy going to one that they can’t admit to themselves that it sucks. The closest one to me is Cedar Point, and the routine goes something like this: You get up at 4 in the morning and drive 4 hours to Sandusky; you park approximately 11 miles from the front gate, then join 175,000 of your fellow masochists on a withering Bataan death march to the front gate, where you wait in line for an hour to spend $45 per person just to get in the front door; once inside, you stand in line at least an hour for every decent ride, each of which lasts approximately a minute and a half; if you want to eat, you’ll pay 12 bucks a piece for a soggy hot dog and a watery coke; by the end of the day, you’re sunburned, broke and exhausted, you’ve had a total of 6 1/2 minutes on actual rides, and now you must make the same march back to your car and drive home. This isn’t fun, it’s an exercise in psychological endurance. Just admit it; it sucks.
4. Science Fiction. Don’t get it, never have. More than almost any other genre of books (probably second only to the vile form known as romance novels), sci fi can be cranked out by the metric ton and most of it is just crap. The same is true of movies. The original Star Wars was good, and like every other kid my age I saw it 10 times. But Star Trek? I never understood the appeal. And in a million years, I’ll never understand Trekkies, including the one I’m related to. I have a sister and brother in law who are major trekkies, so much so that I can guarantee you one thing: I could take a dump in aluminum foil, wrap it up and call it “Klingon dung”, and not only would they buy it, they’d actually take pride in the fact that they had it and some other dork only has a set of Spock ears.
5. Reality TV. Hate it, hate it, hate it. I’ve never watched a single episode of Survivor and I never will, I don’t care who wins the Amazing Race, and I couldn’t possibly care any less who was voted off American Idol last week. I’d love to know what percentage of the people who take the time to vote on that show have ever voted in an election.