April 27, 2005


It has arrived.

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."
I won't try to parse the semantic distinctions between engaing in "pathetic arm-twisting" and being "the biggest whiner by far"; suffice it to say that Dave Weigel got tagged by Jeremy Lott and now he's tagged me. Here goes.

1. Tolkien. I like the Lord of the Rings movies well enough, and I was a fan of Peter Jackson way back in the 90s. But I find the urge to go out and read the books extremely resistible. Nor am I particularly curious about the special extended edition DVDs. The time I've already spent in Middle-Earth feels like plenty, thank you.

2. Sports. I'm stretching the premise here, since I hang around in a fairly unathletic peer-group (and I'm not the first to put this on my list). But it's the nerdy pursuit that pretends not to be nerdy. What, after all, seperates a baseball game from, say, a Star Trek convention? Both events consist of collections of people getting together to revel in the fact that they care about something that doesn't matter.

3. Deadwood. What Julian said.

4. Hot-Button Social Issues. I have what I think are strong and well-reasoned opinions on them all. But I just don't get hot and bothered over abortion and homosexuality and guns and immigration the way so many people do, certainly no more than I do on economic issues, and much less than I do on foreign policy.

5. Listmaking. I couldn't think of a number 5, but then realized that I'm indifferent on the issue of whether I actually need a number 5. And eureka, I've got one.

I pass the potato to David Hogberg, Tim Carney, and Tim Birdnow.

Posted by John Tabin at April 27, 2005 04:36 PM

Boy, a fellow takes a little time off, and look what happens! He gets chain-meme`d!

Thanks, John! I`ll be sure to pass it along!

Posted by: Tim Birdnow at May 5, 2005 09:57 PM