A group of folks at work were talking
the other day as we often do. The topic came up on how people “get
in to things”. What was meant was, how does one person love
photograph, the next person music, the next person chess. All of
these are under that “for example” moniker. Everyone dabbles in
things, art, literature, sports etc but what pulls people in to
certain things that “become them”.
Look around your office, or school.
You know the jock, the music geek, the person that can craft like
crazy, the person that can bake like a champ.
Could it be the “culture” of those
activities? It must be.
I began playing ice hockey in
elementary school. For better or worse, I stepped away from the game
during high school, but now I skate weekly as part of pick up game.
Going to the rink, getting dressed, chatting with guys that I only
see once a week and then going out and having fun. The sights, the
sounds..and yeah the smells are make for part of the experience.
People might say “yeah you wouldn't
get it” when you ask “Why do you play ________, or how do you
listen to __________”. It is not even that you are negative about
the topic. Jazz music for example people might find challenging,
while the next person loves to dissect the whole thing.
How can one join this culture as well?
There are things as of late that I have been thinking that I love the
whole “culture” that surrounds it.
Old School Cocktails – maybe its “Mad
Men” but never has one TV show made me just want to get a decanter
and leave booze out. Have a bucket of ice on hand..ready to go. I
like beer, I like the glasses, the colors the ambiance of a dive bar.
Something about “cocktails” though. Perhaps because I am not
even sure what is in stuff, or how to order things. I like it all.
Smoking culture – see “mad men”
again. Face it, if smoking wasn't bad for you, everyone would do it. We realize its not good for us and the
cons are so “out there” for us to grasp but I like the whole
“culture” of smoking. From the smell of a pipe...lets face
it..last time you smelled one? To watching someone hand roll a
cigarette. Even the art of cutting and prepping a cigar is pretty
cool to watch. The ash trays, the fancy lighters. Maybe I need to
look back to the “golden age” if you will of smoking. A pack of
generic smokes with a disposable lighter...i can see it not being
cool. Think, unfiltered, hand rolled cigarette with a cool pedestal
ash tray, and at the very least , chrome zippo lighter...get it yet?
Coffee - I am a coffee drinker, but
95% of what I drink is decaf. Long story short, I worked for a guy
that drank a CRAP load of coffee and often he'd buy. One day I tried
to keep up...and lets just say next to a bad hangover the caffeine
shakes were enough to keep me away. I drink 2 cups of decaf a day
during the work week and maybe one on the weekend. I can have “real”
coffee, but will do so only in a pinch. Again, the culture of it
though. I wish I liked the espressos and cappuccinos. The art of
making them (well) and enjoying one on a sidewalk cafe. I struggle
with Iced Coffee as well, but when I see someone with that ice filled
light brown liquid I long to like it....but I can't. Its just not
very good cold to me.
Running – of all things! It is
something that anyone can do. Strap on some sneakers and hit the
road. Sure you need to worry about knees, dogs, cars and all
that..but every time I see an ad for a 5K or a person running I want
to get out and do that....2013? Who knows.....
Most things are probably what you grew
up with. My Dad smoked a pipe for years and years, so I associate
that smell with him. Odd that these are all seen as “vices” that
I wrote about too.
What about you?