January 25, 2011
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Just about everyone has a favorite color, a favorite song, and a favorite breakfast cereal. But today we’re going to talk about you weird favorites. Weird favorites are the ones that you probably don’t share with too many people. They’re weird character traits that most people hear and then quickly call you a “freak.” Here’s just a few of mine:
Have you finished barfing all over your keyboard? It’s the honest truth: I freak’n love cooked broccoli. Sure raw broccoli is good, but the mushy steamed, boiled or baked varieties reign supreme. Adding some broccoli to a tomato sauce, Indian, Thai or Chinese food, or really just pile it on a plate with a little
salt and pepper and I’m in heaven. The texture, the taste … mmmm! Those tiny green trees are my favorite!
Unless you’ve recently suffered some sort of skull trauma, you already know that I’m vegan (and before that, I was vegetarian). It’s been about 15 years since I’ve consumed any kind of meat. And along with not eating meat, I also don’t wear it. That means that leather belts, shoes and wallets are a no-no. For the last 15 years, I’ve worked hard to fill a dresser drawer with canvas (and fake-leather) belts of every color and pattern. And no matter how many I own … I keep buying more!
The Smell of Old Books
My first job was as a book shelver at my local county library. And as I was weeding through the piles of books that were soaked with urine and polka dotted with snot, every once and a while I’d come across a clean one. And if I was lucky, that clean book would be very, very old. I’d scan the immediate area and make sure that no one was looking. Then I’d crack it open and give it a quick sniff. That dry, disintegrating old paper smells simply amazing.
Old books, canvas belts and a side of cooked broccoli. So perfect together! But I can’t be the only person with a weird favorite. Tell me a few of yours in the comments!