I just finished confessing to a complete lack of literary sophistication over on my blogging buddy Carrie Rubin’s latest post, and it got me thinking (always a dangerous thing).
And the more I thought about it, the more I realized I lack taste in most areas.
I hide it well enough in public most of the time. During my lengthy and painful sojourn as an interior designer I managed to build a veneer of deceptive behaviours that masqueraded as good manners and (somewhat) refined taste:
- About once a year I went to a nice mid-range clothing store and bought a few things in whatever colour/cut/style was purported to be ‘in fashion’ for the season so I could blend into the professional community.
- I suppressed coughs, sneezes, burps, farts, and every hint of my dirty mind and twisted sense of humour.
- I feigned fascination and deep concern over furniture and paint colours and carpets that were fundamentally the same and would be indistinguishable from the alternate choices within minutes of being installed.
While I was a computer geek the rules of taste were mercifully relaxed, but in my next incarnation as a business owner I forced myself to attend networking events and dinners and seminars in the hope of convincing other business owners that I was sufficiently socially aware not to be an embarrassment while providing them with computer training.
- I sat through presentations on everything from team building to angel channeling to economics to unleashing the power of my femininity: straight-faced, asking pertinent questions, and nodding seriously at the replies.
- I suppressed my natural urge to pig out at dinners and ate politely, nay, dare I say daintily.
- I never, not even once, stood up and shouted, “All in favour of throwing on some jeans and pounding back some beers, follow me!”
Fortunately I’ve always had good friends who know the real me and therefore find my fakery hilarious, or my brain probably would have exploded.
These days I hire others far more qualified than I to interact with the normal human race (thank you, David and Sharon, for being the public faces of my computer training business), and I lurk happily in my sordid home-office lair, wearing comfortable clothes and writing things that make me laugh.
It’s far too late to impress anybody now. So, inspired by Carrie’s honesty, I hereby confess:
- I hated the literary classics. All of them.
- I cheerfully wear the same T-shirts, fleece jacket, yoga pants, jeans, and sneakers week after month after year without ever desiring any newer or more fashionable clothes. In my defense, I do wash them after each wearing. I may not have fashion sense but at least I’m clean.
- I enjoy poetry, but my true love is limericks.
- Farts make me snicker.
- I love fine food and wine, but I love burgers and beer just as much.
- My liking for classical music might make me look as though I have taste, but the truth is I like rock and pop just as well. And blues and country and metal and reggae and ragtime and big band and just about everything else including polkas and accordion music. Sad but true.
- I’ll choose a stupid sitcom over a serious drama every time. (Does anybody remember WKRP in Cincinnati? “…As God is my witness, Travis, I thought turkeys could fly.”)
- In private, I lick my fingers instead of using a napkin. Sometimes I lick the plate, too. Especially if there’s rare-steak juice.
How about you?
- Dress-up or jeans?
- Haute cuisine or pub grub?
- Comedy, drama, action, horror, sci-fi, fantasy, or romance?
- Classics or genre fiction?
- Shakespeare or e e cummings or doggerel?
- Adolescent humour or… wait, never mind. If you’ve stuck with me this far, there’s no hope for you. (Sorry about that.)