Monday, February 1, 2010

Classic Sitcoms, Science Fiction Novels, and Obscure Songs

Yes, the three things I mentioned in the title have something in common. What, you ask? They're things that I really enjoy, yet most people, including a good part of my friends, seem to dislike them, to say the least. I'm not necessarily obsessed with any of those three things; I think my friends would probably say I was obsessed with celebrity crushes, finding a girlfriend, my past, and/or Facebook. Still, they are pretty high on my list of favorite things, despite what popular opinion of them is.
What's also funny is that many things that are popular with people, especially those the same age and gender as me, are things I couldn't care less about. For example, people all over the country are gearing up for the Super Bowl this Sunday. Yet, despite being a college-age human male, I have never been able to understand any sports, let alone football. Most sports--and I know the opinion of what is a sport and what isn't varies greatly from person to person, as evidenced in my high school--have all these complicated rules that I probably couldn't even begin to understand. Then, there's the problem of what team I root for. I've known a lot of Philadelphia Eagles fans, from an entire family that lived on my block in the 90's to two teachers at my high school, so maybe I'd root for that team. Yet, based on where I'm from, which I am not revealing on here, I should be rooting for another team, or, that's what the football fanatics say. I really have no idea, and, if a team had an even somewhat bad season, I'd probably drop them in a flash. All it took was part of that abysmal movie Campus Confidential for me to stop crushing on Christy Carlson Romano, even though I'd liked her for over two years.
You know what, though? I really don't care. I'm allowed to like and dislike whatever I want. So, if I choose to like reading Star Trek novels, watching Mork & Mindy, and playing "Cotton-Eye Joe" by Rednex over and over, but am not a fan of any sports team, hardcore metal music, or MySpace, what's wrong with that? No one, and I mean no one, should be forced to like something. If you like watching football as much as you can, go ahead and do it! I'm not going to say you shouldn't. I could say that certain sports fans take their devotion to their team(s) too far, but, when it comes to being too devoted to things, I'm probably more guilty than anyone else I know. Different people like different things. That may sound cliché, but it's still true. I'll like what I want to like, and you, whoever you are, whether you're my friend or my enemy, can like whatever you want to like. You people agree, right?

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