5 Things I Feel Obligated To Like

1. The beach.

Since I’m from Southern California, I would love to give the impression that I spent my youth as a surfer chick/mermaid who lived in the ocean and went to clambakes in the summertime, but I’d be lying. The truth is that I HATE the beach. I always have and probably always will. Besides feeling the typical girl anxiety of being in a bikini, I hate getting sand stuck to my body and I positively HATE the ocean. I mean, it’s nice to look at from some chic beach house but I would never dare step foot in it. Waves terrify me, drowning terrifies me, the possibility of swallowing salt walter makes me gag, and oh yeah, there’s sharks! Today, when people ask me to go to the beach, I feel like an asshole for having to come up with a lie, so I’m just going to tell the truth: The beach sucks. I’d rather watch Carrot Top’s sex tape than feel sandy and bored and sweaty and salty for five hours.

2. Eating healthy.

When did people just decide that it was fun to eat healthy? When did people gladly give up cheeseburgers in exchange for kale salad? Did I miss this part of the transition to adulthood, the liking of healthy foods? It’s not like I want to be eating McDonald’s 24/7 but when I eat healthy, it’s not out of preference. I’d rather eat pasta than veggies any day but I choose the latter because my metabolism is slowing down and I don’t want to feel uncomfortable in my own skin. My friends, however, claim that eating healthy comes naturally to them and that they don’t miss fatty foods at all. Am I a jerk for thinking they’re full of crap? Why are they acting as if this lifestyle change is effortless? It’s not for me! I order that salad and then I’m open about the fact that I’m still starving afterwards and could go for some fourth meal at Taco Bell. I know I’m not alone in this. I know you freaks want to be on that fourth meal tip. Just join me and then we can all be weirdly overweight together! WHO’S WITH ME?

3. My best friend’s other best friend.

I don’t like my best friend’s other best friend. There. I said it. It’s not because I’m jealous of their friendship and want my BFF all to myself. It’s because she actually sucks. She’s known my best friend since they were in the 1st grade (Yes, it’s one of those friendships) and they’ve remained close, despite having nothing in common anymore. They keep their friendship alive seemingly out of necessity, like they’ve already logged in all of these bonding hours so they might as well keep it going. I want to like this chick, I really do, but she’s pretty insufferable. Talking to her is like watching paint dry, or worse, a Sofia Coppola movie. I think my best friend gets the vibe that I don’t like her so she keeps us separate. But still, I feel kind of guilty for not liking her.

4. True Blood.

I don’t get why people are losing their crap over True Blood. I’ve been watching since season one, out of some misguided desire to be a part of the conversation, and I honestly have never understood its appeal. Like, I love that it’s gay and campy but overall the characters are so unlikable and uninteresting. This season, in particular, has been painful to watch. It’s like all the writers took a bunch of Adderall and were like, “OMG, and we should do a storyline about Iraq! Yeah, and then like have possessed demon fairies running around in S & M gear!” It just seems like they’re trying to shock us but you can only do that if you care about what’s going on, which I don’t. For some reason though, no one, myself included, will admit that the show is a total bore so we keep watching it. It’s like the vampires are glamouring the viewers!

5. The internet.

Look, obviously I’m cool with the Internet because I’m writing on it, but I don’t care to keep up with the 1,000 memes that are happening every day. I don’t care about this new video of a cat playing a guitar or have a desire to Instagram my food or make a playlist on Spotify. When it comes to the Internet, I’m a minimalist. I get in, scan my favorite website, check my email and get the hell out. I don’t even have Twitter. I just don’t use the internet in that way, in making it my alternative universe. I just want to have one life and that’s the one I lead offline. The more time I dedicate to developing an internet presence, the less my actual real presence becomes.TC Mark


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  • leesa

    #4 is too real. All my friends are obsessed, yet I couldn’t get passed Season 1. It took me three days just to finish the first episode of season 2 and then I just stopped watching. Thank goodness someone understands haha

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    • http://jiatherockstar.tumblr.com Jia

      I feel the same way about Game of Thrones.

      • Thamsa

        I agree with you on True Blood, but not on Game of Thrones. You should read the books!

  • sagar kulkarni

    sofia cappola made good films. lost in translation was a beautiful film .

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    So good haha.

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  • Berenice

    Now I don’t feel too bad for gagging at my friend’s kale chips. Seriously who the hell makes kale chips and expects me to use them as a replacement for salt and vinegar yum-yums?

  • http://notesfromthebackseat.wordpress.com Notes From The Backseat

    I love #5. It’s not that I hate the internet, but when did “social media” replace actual socialization? I mean, I never seen my friends (Army wife, we move a lot) and like to keep up with them, but why can’t we go for coffee when we are in the same town, or write letters to each other like, with paper and pens? I love snail mail! Good thing my best friend three states over does too.

  • Jennifer

    If you sustain your body with crap, you crave crap.

  • Catherine

    I definitely agree with that True Blood thing. The storyline is beginning to really suck…

  • http://heycollegesreadthis.wordpress.com heycollegesreadthis

    #1: YES! I really don’t understand why so many people love to throw clothes on that make most of us feel like self conscious pieces of crap, get sand in areas where sand shouldn’t go, salt water invading the mouth,eyes, and nose, and then letting the salty crud dry all over you while watching to a freshwater source. And if you’re a big of a pansy as myself, every time something moves in the water, you tend to run out fearing your life thinking it could be something that could hurt you.

  • Melissa

    you forgot “3D Movies.”

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  • Nadia

    Yeh kya bakwaas hai? Lekin it’s the truth :)

  • AKC

    I love the beach, I love eating healthy, I can’t stand a lot of my BFFs other BFFs…I smoke a lot of pot when I know I have to be around them for an extended period of time. I couldn’t get through the first 10 minutes of True Blood Season 1 Episode 1…Boooooorrrriiing!!! I like the internet, but pisses me off when I have a friend over to hang after work and all they do is sit and obsess over every f-ing thing they saw their bf do online and tell me about hacking into their email and FB accounts and going super cray cray about nothing. It’s like OMG STFU!!!

  • Kat

    AMEN TO ALL 5.

  • iwriteandstuff

    Note to #5: I love my internet but I really don’t get the appeal of sitting around watching youtube videos all day. Yet this is the favorite activity of my boyfriend and all my dude friends. I just don’t…get it.

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    On #3, I feel like I’m the middle friend with 2 best friends that I’ve met at different times in my life. I try to keep them separate because otherwise, i would just tire out trying to find a common thing to do or talk about.

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    #2, I agree, I also feel like I missed the memo on the whole new healthy eating craze.

  • M

    Amen to #3

  • Filipina

    I am stuck to the internet for hours and I wanna change.

    • MM

      me too. Maybe when I’m older and I actually have a life I will start deleting social media stuff, at least I don’t have a Twitter.

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