I’m still all about embracing my inner weirdo here at Midlife Rambler. And what better way to get inspired than to spend some time appreciating some folks who love and admire things just a little more than might seem healthy? So let’s spend a little time with a few people who have some interesting obsessions and see if we can’t find someone who inspires us.
- For example, have you ever thought to yourself, “I’m going to take a word that currently cannot be found on the Internet and put it there”? Me neither. I did once write a long email full of advice in what I believed was the style of Anne Lamott which I forwarded it to all my friends in an attempt to make it go viral like the famous Wear Sunscreen commencement speech that Kurt Vonnegut didn’t give. It didn’t, which shows that my friends are smart and discerning readers. Julia Weist had slightly better luck with the word parbunkells.
- Perhaps, then you’ve bought an album in a thrift store that was so awesome you decided to find the artist and reissue the album so the world can hear its beauty? If not, you missed out on quite the journey, as you can see from long read in Maxim. Click for the glorious 80s pictures and stay for the story of the hunt for Lewis.
- Maybe you’d like to devote yourself to something provides a service to humanity. For example, don’t you think the world needs someone who fact checks all the implausible images that are posted on Twitter?
By the way, if this is the obsession you choose, be aware of the hazards of the job:“I’ve learned that social image verification is a futile and hopeless endeavor akin to banging one’s head against a brick wall, and each brick in said wall is printed with an obviously fake picture. Also, the fake picture bricks repeat at irregular intervals. And some of the bricks hate you.”
- We’re too old for this, but this is just the kind of thing the Internet should be used for. And I really wish this is the kind of thing I could have indulged in as a kid. Some ‘tweens and teens are taking to Instagram to share their posed shots of their American Girl dolls. You go, guys!
- This last article combines almost all of my personal obsessions in one tidy spot: data analysis, lots of charts, and books; all to explain How The Girl on the Train became a runaway best seller. You can imagine my chagrin; I’ve never heard of the book! The data on it seems good though, I’ll have to check it out.
And our final obsession. Who can’t relate to the overwhelming desire to get under your sibling’s skin during a long road trip? This brother and sister have both their roles down cold and the song selection is A+.