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Things you wanted to like, but just couldn't

Dan

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Ever have something that because of either peer pressure or other reasons, you really wanted to like, but the harder you tried to get into it, the more you realised that you really hated it?

I'll share some of mine, and invite you to do the same. Remember, I'm not talking about things you hate, but rather things that you really want to like, but just can't for some reason.

Professional sports. Growing up in a blue collar town like Buffalo, culture tends to be bipolar, running either on the upper end of highbrow (world-class symphony performances, art galleries filled with works by the masters, lectures by postmodern philosophers, and so on) or extremely lowbrow (Chinese auctions, meat raffles, volunteer fire department picnics and Monte Carlo nights, modding 1960s-era muscle cars, mullet rock, and the like).

The lowbrow end predominates, and the majority of Buffalonians are rabid sports fanatics. It's not just the Bills and Sabres; it's watching ESPN 2 to see football games between small, obscure Midwestern colleges, or taking baseball statistic geekdom to a higher level. I've always wanted to be a sports fan, and I understand the basic rules of most popular North American sports for the most part. Still, though, I just can't get into a game; I could care less who wins or loses, and I don't understand the strategy. I have no clue what John Madden or Don Cherry is talking about. I can't grasp the concept of "offsides" in any sport.

I WANT to be able to appreciate sports, but I just can't.

Classical music. It sounds nice, and it seems intricate and well-thought out. My impression is that to be a classical music fan, you have to have a golden ear. If I hear something by ... oh, Mozart, I can't tell whether it's the Buffalo Philharmonic or the London Symphony Orchestra playing it, and whether one rendition is different than another. Apparently, it really matters. Classical music fans seem to anaylize a performance with an intensity matched only by ... well, John Madden discussing a split inverse straight-t passplay backfield formation versus a 4-3 short yardage rollout special teams defense on a turf field.
 

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Modern Art - Rubbish 99.998%.
The Big 3 pro sports of Football, Basketball and Baseball. - Yawn.
Porn - Just creepy.
Apple Computers - I just don't get em.
 

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Dan said:
The lowbrow end predominates, and the majority of Buffalonians are rabid sports fanatics. It's not just the Bills and Sabres; it's watching ESPN 2 to see football games between small, obscure Midwestern colleges, or taking baseball statistic geekdom to a higher level. I've always wanted to be a sports fan, and I understand the basic rules of most popular North American sports for the most part. Still, though, I just can't get into a game;
I've been off-and-on interested in baseball my whole life. I like to go to the games and watch but I've never managed to follow teams, but when the Cubs started kicking ass this season, and everyone started getting excited their possibly getting to the playoffs, I started tracking them. It really isn't difficult to check the paper and see how they did the night before, but I suppose you have to have an itnerest first.

Classical music. It sounds nice, and it seems intricate and well-thought out. My impression is that to be a classical music fan, you have to have a golden ear. If I hear something by ... oh, Mozart, I can't tell whether it's the Buffalo Philharmonic or the London Symphony Orchestra playing it, and whether one rendition is different than another. Apparently, it really matters.
Perhaps it's the same bit of you that calls sports "low brow" that wants to obsess about classical music? I like to listen to it (Pachbel's cannon in d is the best song ever imho), but I can't tell the difference between performers and don't care to. I listen to it because I enjoy it.
 

Rem

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Segway (sorry Budgie - I'm only kidding, just had this desire to be the first to say Segway on this thread).

Brandy - I can enjoy whisky and have friends that go into raptures over Brandy, but it's wasted on me.

Bicycling for fitness - sore @rse, sore hands and the ever present opportunity of being splatted by a motor vehicle.

Backyard swimming pools - we have one and bar for 1/2dozen days a year it's stupid (don't tell Mrs Rem I said this).

Sweet wines - the idea of an after dinner sticky appeals but it all tastes like flat lemonade, sometimes with burnt sugar, to me.
 

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Country music; so many people down here are into it, but it just makes my skin crawl.

Volvos - what is it about you Yankee planners and Volvos??? It's like transplanted old Yankees and their Cadillacs. No Southerner with any self-respect would drive a Cadillac. (Sorry, Yankees).
 

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Sushi-I just think its gross

Pro sports of any sort-sorry its one thing when its for the school etc but por ports annoy me now with all the baseball BS and dirty players in so many sports.

my job-enough said
 

Rumpy Tunanator

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I wanted to like people, but without drugs I just couldn't do it.
Stay tuned for next weeks "After School Special" when Rumpy buys some drugs.

Hmmm. I wanted to like Mike Tyson, but that tattoe just scared the bejebus out of me. Oh and the fact that he ate ear and boxing is corrupt.
 

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Zoning Goddess said:


Volvos - what is it about you Yankee planners and Volvos??? It's like transplanted old Yankees and their Cadillacs. No Southerner with any self-respect would drive a Cadillac. (Sorry, Yankees).

This Yank is with ya on the Caddy's.... but Volvo's are cool.

My little darling is a 1991 740 Gunmetal silver, thule roof rack with all the accessories......can a car get more square?


I would like to enjoy....a regular Martini... but I can't. Love olives, the glass, etc.... but I think it would be easier to drink gasoline.

I love dry as a rock red wine though....
 

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PG you must have read my mind, with you on the sushi, I enjoy some of it (mostly vegetable items), but most is too over the top for me.(sorry nerudite, TP Mrs. TP) The job, less enjoyable everyday.

Other items

1) Rum. Everyone around here talks about "that good dark rum". I can't stand the flavour, and anything that you have to mix with coke to drink must have something wrong with it. (and I like coke)

2) Tiny eye glasses. I know they look better nad are fashionable, but I hate my glasses for practical use. Can't see down and now that they have a few scratches they are really hard to see out of.

3) The really attractive girl my friends tried to set me up with. Great looks, smart enough, but knew we'd kill eachother in a week if we dated seriously.

4) Snowshoeing, it sounded like fun, but was not.
 

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1. Selected foods that I use to be able to enjoy / indulge
but now I should not for obvious medical reasons can't -
any and all alcohol.
any and all dairy.

2. Contact lens

3. My old Trek 850 - stolen
 

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Soccer - I'll never understand why this is the world's most popular sport.

The midwest - great people, but I just can't live without some topography!
 

Floridays

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Brussel sprouts....have had them with sauces/cheese/boiled/buttered. Ick!!!!
Also the Miami Hurricanes. I hail from Norman, OK (go Sooners!) but have moved to South FL where everyone (including most of my new friends) reveres the 'Canes. I've even gone to a game....tried to like 'em, just can't.
 

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JNA said:

2. Contact lens

Same here. I keep trying to put the dratted things in, and all I end up with are sore eyes. So it's back to the (little, scratched) glasses and squinting at the sun again.
Frappucinos. Why not just drink real coffee?
 

Chet

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Scotch
Economy Cars
Swimming
Theater
Snow skiing
Water skiing
Cross country skiing (see a theme here?)
Religion
 

Repo Man

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The Rolling Stones
Scotch
Corned Beef Hash
Soy Nuts - They are supposed to be a healthy snack, but they taste so crappy!
Motorcycles
Hockey, Soccer, and the Olympics (except skiing and snowboarding).
NYPD Blue
Martinis
Chicken Matzo Ball Soup - There is this local deli that supposedly makes the best in the City but it just tastes like someone dumped a ball of sponge in some broth.
Pancakes
4-cylander cars
 
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eating a healthier diet

running for fitness - seems a big waste of time

going to a gym for fitness - see above

shopping for shopping sake

auto-dependent built environments

the beatles - maybe they're over played, or at least certain
songs are overplayed
 

Rumpy Tunanator

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-All the damn overpriced different kinds of coffee flavors and types at coffee places. I'll take a Moco Frapa Double Latte' Crackacino with Frothy cream and strawberr....
Just give me a regular coffee you freaks!!!
-People that ask me for cigarettes and don't tell me a story. Hey if I'm giving you a cigarette I want a story you bastards!
 
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Wine - can't seem to get the hang of wine tastings and etc. For the most part, they all taste alike to me. Give me a bottle of Manichevitz (sp?) anyday!

Beer - unless it's with boiled seafood or something beefy, I can do without it.

Classical Music - makes my skin crawl, but I love Tchausky's (sp?) Nutcracker Suite, some Mozart and Beethoven.

Harry Potter books - why are grown ass adults so hooked on them? I grew out of the sci-fi fantasy books a good 15 yrs ago.

Atkins Diet - I love carbs way too much!!!!
 

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Professional Football. (I love college ball, but cant watch 2 minutes of a professional game).

Dressing “snazzy”. My wife wants me to and I try, I know it looks nice, but I just don’t care enough to put on uncomfortable clothes.

Nice cars. Again, I just don’t care. My friends growing up were all about the speed or whatever or BMW’s etc.. but I just don’t care. If it gets me there and is clean, I just don’t care about any of the other “options”.

Fishing. I grew up with a boat in Ga, now live in Florida, have tried and tried, but hate fishing. I have a million better ways to waste my day. If I want fish, I will go to the market.

I am sure there are more, but I will stop here. :-D
 

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Scotch

Fishing - Can't talk, can't move, this sucks. If I'm on the boat I'm going wakeboarding.

Hunting - It's cold, it's snowing, I'm in the woods but can't run around and enjoy it. Lets just go home and shoot cans off the fence.

Pro Sports - I love college level play (especially football) but I've never had the desire to follow the pros. Especially the NFL and NBA.

Mayonnaise - From chicken salad to salad dressing, I have tried and tried to like the stuff. Bleech :-#
 

donk

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Just thought of a few more.

Hair gel or anything that goes in hair to style it. I know it would make me look a bit better, but it drives me nuts and I am not willing to learn to like like.

Neil Gaiman books/comics weird for weird's sake. Sorry sandman fans, i just don't get it.

Gibson's sci fi. Sorry Matrix fans I don't get cyber punk.
 
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Jen

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I've tried running for fitness, sweating, and grimacing, junk bouncing all over the place in public to boot - I prefer aerobics/pilates in a closed gym and I dont care if guys are there too. But runners still have my admiration, I just can't hack it!

Christian radio stations, I try and try to have a little gospel on the radio sometimes but it makes feel as if I've died and gone to muzak hell.

Make-up, have had the makeovers, Lancome, Clinique and even MK, and come home with a tiny bag that cost me $150 US and is supposed to make look like I have no make-up on? No more!
 

nerudite

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Beer... yuck!
Watching most pro-sports (except hockey)
Any Andrew Lloyd Webber musical
 

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Activism of any kind

Cape Cod

Lawncare & washing my car – some of my neighbors take great joy in these things while I think of them like dishwashing

Hockey – all the fighting in world can’t make it interesting (sorry, eh)

Soda – I’ve tried, I just don’t like it, especially colas

Tall blondes - why am I supposed to like tall blondes so much?

Adam Sandler movies

Electric razors

Eggplant, veal, cooked carrots, cheap beer

Bruce Springsteen – the voice of the Common Man! Am I an un-American snob?
 

Richmond Jake

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Ice hockey
Snow skiing
Scotch
Cold weather
Compassionate Conservatism
Condi Rice
Sushi
 

BKM

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Well, I would share a lot of the lists above -but, here's my highlights

Pro sports-I'm a proud atheist in the only true American religion. Why do you "we did this" and "we did that", no, the overpaid millionaire who will be traded next year did that!

Cats-I just don't get 'em.

Children-You're cute, now run back to your parents (sorry, parents).

Porn-ick.

Country music -yawn. As formulaic as Britney and Justin.

Jingoism-IF my country is wrong about something, I want to be able to complain about it without being accused of treason.

Gated communities-who wants to live amidst the kind of people who live in a gated community? I don't.

The Midwest. If's a good place to be FROM. (LIke NH Planner-I need topography. Unlike NH Planner, I want mild seasons :) )
 

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Public transportation
Small lots
My lesbian neighbors - if they were lipstick, that would be different
My wife, oops, just kidding:)
Bean sprouts
Ballet - don't care to see the size of some guys unit
Classical music
Honda, VW, Volvo (sorry), Toyota - Give me a Linclon LS or an F-150 anyday
Baseball except for the World Series
The Dallas Stars after they left Minnesota
The Minnesota Wild
 

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Some repeats here, but whatever...
Fantasy Football. Huh?
Running. Ran in HS for CC and Track. Thought I liked it, but then I quit and relized I hated running. Its just dumb.
Religion. Raised Catholic. For lack of a better term, I'm now 'Spiritual', but don't go to church, and don't miss it.
Xian rock/radio stations that rehash popular music to Xian lyrics. Truely horrid artists and covers.
Lawncare/car washing. I HATE mowing my yard. Could care less about a garden(butlove fresh veggies, that's what the Co-op is for!). I'll change oil and fluids in teh car, but wash it? why? so It'll get dirty again?
ATV's for recreational use. Yeah, they're fun, but it's more fun on a bike. ATV's for utilitarian stuff like plowing a drive way, THAT is fun. I want a ¾ mile drive way, just so I can plow with one a these!
 

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I can't understand Christian rock or Country music either--however, I've never wanted to like them.

Sushi--can't really bring myself to try anything but a California roll and always have to douse it in soy sauce.

Herbal Essences shampoo--based on their horrendous, annoying, and played out ads

Hyundai cars--some of their models look like SAABs and Jag's--I don't drive either, but it bothers me that they copied the design

Jim Carrey movies

Bridget Jones Diary--I may be the only girl who feels this way, although, I tolerated the movie

Boyshort undies--I love the way they look, but they're no fun to wear

Long Island

The Boston Red Sox
 

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Most of mine have already been named, but here goes....

martinis (the olive is the only redeeming value)

running for.....any reason. I wish I could enjoy it. I really do.

make-up. my mom & sis won't think of leave the house without it. I just end up staring at the eyeliner and saying "how do I do this again?"

The Beatles. Not so much that I WANT to like them, but it would just be easier than explaining why I DON'T.

Other things like this but are closer to a love/hate relationship are Trader Joes (why bother having organic food if you're going to overpackage everything?), and pro sports (like the actual games of football and baseball, but the egos are intolerable)
 

Duke Of Dystopia

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Jazz - its all over the place, sounds like elephants mating with cats and the rythym is all screwed up.

Wine - All the raving about a product that takes no skill to make other than hoping for the right weather.
 

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The Dessert - it just looks unkept
Organized Religion- the whole theory is good, I just hate how individuals and groups screw it up.
Scotch, Brady and Ozo Sp?
Big Cities, I think it is the traffic and waiting that I hate the most.
Woody Allen movies
Rap music
Casabalanca I have tried to watch it and just give up before it is over.
Water sports - swim, sink like lead.
Competition, sporting events, games, just don't get it, guess I am not competative in that way.
I have to think about this one a bit more.
 

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  • Kids
  • Religions
  • Competitive Sports (specially Soccer)
  • Parties
  • Getting drunk
  • Drugs
  • meeting people
  • etc....

I guess that should do...:)
 

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Most politics...isn't it ALL corrupt?
fantasy drafts...come on, deal with the teams as they exist!
most wine...too sour or syrupy (sorry wine lovers)
 

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- The Dave Matthews Band.
- Moldy Cheese, i.e. Roquefort, gorgonzola, etc.
- Warmed Brie (too much like snot)
- White bread, Hot Dogs
- Scotch, Whiskey, Brandy
- Bud, Busch, Coors, Miller, Michelob, etc.
- modern art / architecture
- car culture
- antiqueing
 

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Dan said:
I have no clue what John Madden or Don Cherry is talking about.
Erm... Dan. Just so you know... even rabid sports fans have no idea what those two knuckleheads are babbling about.

PG - Sushi is incredible....


My things:

- The Manning family. I tried... Peyton went to hated UT, Eli went to more hated Ol' Miss, and I STILL tried. But the way announcers gush over their family makes me want to spew.

- Nude Beaches. Being naked is cool, but unless I can take a blindfold, forget it...

- ATV's Lots of people I know have them. They don't do it for me. When I fall off an off road vehicle, I want to hit snow.

- Chick Drinks - Slippery nipple sexy beach slow comfotable screw stuff. BLEAH! Jameson's please...

- Most museums. Yeah, the Louvre was cool. But most suck. Especially the "Jim Bob's Wild West Petrified Steer Turd Museum" the kids want to visit on road trips...
 

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Re: Re: Things you wanted to like, but just couldn't

Mastiff said:
- The Manning family. I tried... Peyton went to hated UT, Eli went to more hated Ol' Miss, and I STILL tried. But the way announcers gush over their family makes me want to spew.
Right on and amen, brotha!!!



For me:

Golf - I like the strategy of the game, but I can't stand watching it on television.

Daquiris - No thanks, I'll take a beer. :b:

the symphony - I tried to enjoy it, but I'd rather be groovin' to a funk band.
 

PlannerGirl

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convertables

yup i tried to love the damn things but picking knots out of my hair for hours after, the roar of the air so I cant hear my partner talk, the wind burned/cold ears etc

nope ill take a hard top car anyday
 

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PlannerGirl said:
convertables

yup i tried to love the damn things but picking knots out of my hair for hours after, the roar of the air so I cant hear my partner talk, the wind burned/cold ears etc

nope ill take a hard top car anyday
Danie - I prefer hard tops too.

That said, the other thing I want to like but cant is my current job.
 
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