What Popular Things Totally Escape You?

 

Every so often I see a post that reminds me of how different people are from one another. Today, it was a picture of happy golfers. I don’t get the appeal of golf in any way. So I wanted, just for fun, to see what very popular things are NOT enjoyed by my fellow Ricochetti. Here are a few things I do not do, or have any understanding of why other people do enjoy them:

Golf.

Clubs, or any loud rooms full of people.

Vacations.

 

 

 

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  1. Seawriter Contributor
    Seawriter
    @Seawriter

    For me it is television. I have not watched anything on TV since 2016, except when I am at someone else’s house and they have it on. Even then I find it annoying.

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  2. Saint Augustine Member
    Saint Augustine
    @SaintAugustine

    iWe:

    Golf.

    Clubs, or any loud rooms full of people.

    Vacations.

    Those, and American football.

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  3. David Carroll Thatcher
    David Carroll
    @DavidCarroll

    Loud music in bars.

    Movies or TV shows featuring LGBTQ-LSMFT love or relationships, the F word, or explicit sex scenes.

    CNN, MSNBC or any of their clown reporters or hosts.

    New York City

    I’m sure there are more.

     

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  4. Jimmy Carter Member
    Jimmy Carter
    @JimmyCarter

    Saint Augustine (View Comment):
    American football.

    Commie.

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  5. Dr. Bastiat Member
    Dr. Bastiat
    @drbastiat

    There are so many things that people enjoy that I don’t understand.  Which is fine, of course.  I just don’t understand.

    One of the many is formal parties.  Black tie fundraisers.  Going to the club with khakis and a navy blue blazer.  Any kind of event with nice clothes and people walking around serving expensive wine on little trays.  I dread such things.  Unfortunately, my wife likes them, so I go.  But as soon as I arrive, I can’t wait to leave.  I’d rather be sitting by a campfire in jeans and boots.

    I’m not sure why I have such strong feelings about a harmless pastime.  And I’m so blessed to have the opportunity to attend such ritzy events.  But I really can’t stand things like that.

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  6. iWe Coolidge
    iWe
    @iWe

    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):
    Black tie fundraisers. 

    I have never understood these, anyway. Why waste so much money to raise money, precisely? I think it is a goyish thing, actually. Jews give to people who need it – no Orthodox Jewish fundraiser is lavish or fancy because everyone immediately asks the host why, if he had the coin to drop on the party, did he not just donate it to the worthy cause in the first place?

    I recognize of course that money is like academic credentials: once you have all you need, it is easy to get more. And so people irrationally go to huge successful casinos to gamble. And they give more $$ at a black tie affair. But it bugs the heck out of me.

    I have the same opinion for all “a-thons”. Why, exactly, am I supposed to give money to some charity because you are running or swimming or doing some other irrelevant and pointless activity?

     

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  7. Douglas Pratt Coolidge
    Douglas Pratt
    @DouglasPratt

    I agree with you about pasture pool…I’ve never seen what’s so attractive about it.

    Also agree about crowds, but I’m a raging claustrophobe…I get nervous in elevators. When I see those pictures of huge crowds at demonstrations, I wonder how many people who are in the middle of that great mass have to go to the bathroom.

    Let’s see… what other popular culture icons are anathema or enigma to me?

    Cilantro

    World of Warcraft

    Piercings (ouch!)

    Tattoos. When my pre-teen son brought up the subject, I said, “Look at it this way. That t-shirt you’re wearing. Do you think you would want to wear the same shirt with the same art and words when you’re 50 years old?”

     

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  8. Percival Thatcher
    Percival
    @Percival

    Avocados.

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  9. Lawst N. Thawt Coolidge
    Lawst N. Thawt
    @LawstNThawt

    The worst thing about golf is it takes so much time.  The best thing about golf is it takes so much time.  

    I don’t get the appeal of a lot of people and zero grasp of reality TV, but maybe that’s the same thing. 

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  10. JoelB Member
    JoelB
    @JoelB

    Video games.

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  11. She Reagan
    She
    @She

    Incorporating several of the above, especially golf, but not mini-golf, at which Mr. She and I and the kids spent many happy hours, or messing around on a putting green.  But full-scale, 18-hole golf?  No thanks. 

    Avocado toast

    Most contemporary music from any time during the past 50 years

    Crowds–I like vacations, but don’t understand the urge to be part of the in-crowd in popular resorts or destinations

    Indoor shopping malls–I didn’t understand the attraction of hanging out in these even when I was a teenager, when they were still quite a new thing, and they were a very popular place to gather (see “crowds,” above).  They’ve largely been replaced by strip malls, which are marginally better (but not much) because at least you can go outside, in-between stores.  Which brings me to another thing I really don’t understand:

    Shopping.  Going out just to “shop,” when you don’t actually need anything.  Really? 

     

     

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  12. Saint Augustine Member
    Saint Augustine
    @SaintAugustine

    Percival (View Comment):

    Avocados.

    Yogurt.

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  13. JoelB Member
    JoelB
    @JoelB

    Trading cards.

    I remember a few years back when our church was meeting in a building on a college campus.  Usually the parking lot was pretty empty on a Sunday morning. One morning it was packed. The college was hosting a trading card convention. I felt a sense of wonder that so many would turn out for an activity that I would not walk across the street to participate in.

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  14. Marythefifth Member
    Marythefifth
    @Marythefifth

    Almost any kind of alcoholic beverage. I can understand folks liking the effect, but I can’t quite believe anyone likes the taste. I will tolerate some well disguised spirits like vodka, but why? Just to get a buzz that lasts no time at all and costs more than the diet coke I’d prefer. What lingers in cooking is welcome.

    All popular music since the early 1970s

    Sushi

    Cilantro – me too!

    Gone With the Wind and Citizen Kane

     

     

     

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  15. Vance Richards Member
    Vance Richards
    @VanceRichards

    iWe (View Comment):
    I have the same opinion for all “a-thons”. Why, exactly, am I supposed to give money to some charity because you are running or swimming or doing some other irrelevant and pointless activity?

    Yeah, I never really saw the appeal of thw “a-thon” fundraiser compared to just straight donations. I guess people want to feel like they are a part of something . . .

    “Well, you know I am involved in cancer research. We have made some great strides this year.”

    “Really! So, are you a doctor?”

    “No.”

    “A scientist?”

    “No”

    “Then what exactly do you do?”

    “Not to brag or anything, but I did jump up and down 117 times in a row on my pogo stick!”

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  16. W Bob Member
    W Bob
    @WBob

    Tattoos.

    And nose piercings, seen mostly in otherwise normal looking women and girls. Some of them hang down from the nose which makes it look like snot dripping out. Why do they do that? Do they think it makes them attractive to men? What kind of men? Aborigines? How does something like that catch on in the western world? 

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  17. W Bob Member
    W Bob
    @WBob

    Marythefifth (View Comment):

    Almost any kind of alcoholic beverage. I can understand folks liking the effect, but I can’t quite believe anyone likes the taste. I will tolerate some well disguised spirits like vodka, but why? Just to get a buzz that lasts no time at all and costs more than the diet coke I’d prefer. What lingers in cooking is welcome.

    All popular music since the early 1970s

    Sushi

    Cilantro – me too!

    Gone With the Wind and Citizen Kane

     

     

     

    You’re right, alcohol doesn’t taste good. Your brain gets tricked into thinking it does because it associates the taste with the addictive buzz. 

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  18. D.A. Venters Member
    D.A. Venters
    @DAVenters

    Today’s Hot New Country Music, Pop Country, Bro-Country, whatever you want to call it. 

    I can’t understand why God allowed it to happen.  Is He even paying attention?  Is He there at all?

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  19. Manny Member
    Manny
    @Manny

    Ice fishing. 

    sushi

    Fixing your car, even changing the oil 

    wearing a mask all day long

    listening to contemporary dance music (if you can call it that)

    video games

     

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  20. Ekosj Member
    Ekosj
    @Ekosj

    Facebook/Twitter/TikTok

    Podcasts & Video presentations (I wish they’d just write it down.  I’d prefer to read than listen or watch)

    Hip-Hop

    and a musical blasphemy … the Beatles.

     

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  21. Manny Member
    Manny
    @Manny

    Douglas Pratt (View Comment):

    Piercings (ouch!)

    Tattoos. When my pre-teen son brought up the subject, I said, “Look at it this way. That t-shirt you’re wearing. Do you think you would want to wear the same shirt with the same art and words when you’re 50 years old?”

    Absolutely. I just don’t get either.

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  22. Saint Augustine Member
    Saint Augustine
    @SaintAugustine

    Coffee.

    Not liking Ricochet.

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  23. David Carroll Thatcher
    David Carroll
    @DavidCarroll

    Ekosj (View Comment):

     

    and a musical blasphemy … the Beatles.

    Them’s fighting words!

     

     

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  24. Ekosj Member
    Ekosj
    @Ekosj

    David Carroll (View Comment):

    Ekosj (View Comment):

     

    and a musical blasphemy … the Beatles.

    Them’s fighting words!

     

     

    I know.   But while most everyone lionizes them,  I just don’t get the attraction.

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  25. JustmeinAZ Member
    JustmeinAZ
    @JustmeinAZ

    Douglas Pratt (View Comment):
    Cilantro

    Have to take issue with this one. Actually I’ve read that to some people it takes like soap. Something to do with body chemistry.

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  26. D.A. Venters Member
    D.A. Venters
    @DAVenters

    Manny (View Comment):

    Douglas Pratt (View Comment):

    I agree with you about pasture pool…I’ve never seen what’s so attractive about it.

    Also agree about crowds, but I’m a raging claustrophobe…I get nervous in elevators. When I see those pictures of huge crowds at demonstrations, I wonder how many people who are in the middle of that great mass have to go to the bathroom.

    Let’s see… what other popular culture icons are anathema or enigma to me?

    Cilantro

    World of Warcraft

    Piercings (ouch!)

    Tattoos. When my pre-teen son brought up the subject, I said, “Look at it this way. That t-shirt you’re wearing. Do you think you would want to wear the same shirt with the same art and words when you’re 50 years old?”

     

    Absolutely. I just don’t get either.

    Agree completely on the tattoo thing.  And I don’t know how to handle it when I see one.  What is the etiquette?  There’s a lady in my neighborhood who goes jogging, and occasionally she runs by me when I’m walking the dog.  She catches the eye for….reasons.  But one of them is that she has some kind of tattoo on her thigh, some kind of writing.  I’m genuinely curious in a totally non-creepy way what the hell the tattoo says.  What could be so important that you would permanently etch it into your skin?  If I were to look hard enough as she passes, I might be able to decipher it, but I don’t want to stare at her legs like a perv.  That seems rude.  But, then again, I assume it’s there because she wants to communicate something to the world.  It’s there to be seen, right? But the world is not allowed to really look at it.

    This is a difficult era to live in.  These are problems our grandparents didn’t face.   

    Sorry for the digression.

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  27. OldPhil Coolidge
    OldPhil
    @OldPhil

    Golf.

    It’s what I spend my time on 4 hours per day, three days per week , 12 months per year, except when it’s raining or snowing.

    Unless I’m at a party or on vacation.

    Vive la difference!

     

    Edit: I forgot about the assignment, so:

    — Superhero/comic book movies (basically they’re just cartoons)

    — Tattoos (h/t everyone else above)

    — Soccer

     

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  28. JustmeinAZ Member
    JustmeinAZ
    @JustmeinAZ

    Following, reading about and being interested in celebrities and royals. Who cares that they’re pregnant, marrying, divorcing, etc?

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  29. Manny Member
    Manny
    @Manny

    Saint Augustine (View Comment):

    Coffee.

    Not liking Ricochet.

    Coffee?  The liquid is from heaven. Actually my wife can’t stand it either but I absolutely need at least a cup per day. 

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  30. Manny Member
    Manny
    @Manny

    JustmeinAZ (View Comment):

    Following, reading about and being interested in celebrities and royals. Who cares that they’re pregnant, marrying, divorcing, etc?

    Excellent!  Yes!

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