I am feeling guilty and conflicted so I wanted to start a thread mentioning some “guilty pleasures,” or things one knows one shouldn’t like. Here are some of mine. (Please don’t judge me too negatively!)
1. Large American muscle cars from the late sixties and especially the seventies. I am essentially a car-free transit bus rider (my wife has a car which I sometimes use), and I am anti-car and particularly anti-SUV and anti-truck, but if I had money I would be very tempted to purchase an older inefficient car to take the occasional joy ride, though I’d still prefer commuting by transit.
2. Fast food and soda, particularly Roy Rogers and RC Cola. At least these are not the foremost mega-businesses in their respective fields. I enjoy some other awful, mass-produced, over-packaged American foods as well. I try to watch myself as I am moving slowly toward becoming an archetypal obese American.
3. Monumental architecture that often began by leveling neighborhoods (the “to make an omelet, you need to crack some eggs” approach). I don’t advocate this approach but I do like some of its past products.
4. This is maybe the worst… though I know everything that is wrong with them, I actually don’t mind some older low-density suburbs with large houses on medium-sized plots and no sidewalks (such as in the Northeastern New Jersey bedroom communities of NYC…which at least are on NJ Transit lines). I grew up in one of these places and I guess I will always have a fondness for them in my heart. From time to time, I still long to live far enough away from my neighbors that I don’t hear barking dogs all night long, every rap song my neighbor plays, etc., etc.
Does anyone want to follow?… Or castigate me??