how do I plead?

Erika of the fabulously-titled mmmm, brains has tagged me with a meme that intrigued me. (As usual, though, it’s taken me over a week to get to it.) The meme in question is on the topic of “guilty pleasures,” and was abbreviated from a longer assignment. The full thing, which I won’t indulge in, was as follows:

  • Name six guilty pleasures you wish you had the courage to indulge.
  • Name six pleasures you once considered guilty but have now either abandoned or made peace with.
  • Name six guilty pleasures no one would suspect you of having.

Erika just did the last one I listed. So I thought I could do that one. The trick is, who is this “no one?” I think most of my guilty pleasures are pretty public. So I’ll modify the task a bit further and name 6 pleasures that I feel guilty (or embarrassed) about, and that have been known to surprise people.

  1. I have a weakness for certain types of junk food. I like to eat healthily, and to eat good quality fresh food. But I have rarely turned down Nacho cheese Doritos, Reeses Peanut Butter Cups or donuts.
  2. Action movies. This is not a surprise to anyone who reads this blog, seeing as I have a whole project related to these. But I am a peace-loving academic who studies language. Why do I enjoy watching a good fight scene?
  3. Tuna. I stopped eating red meat and poultry over 18 years ago, but I can’t quite manage to give up all seafood. Most seafood and fish I could take or leave. Mostly leave, actually. Canned tuna doesn’t excite me. But a seared tuna? Or tuna sushi? I realize that it’s wrong on many counts. Over-fishing and all. To some extent I have the same guilt liking for salmon, especially smoked salmon.
  4. I like some music that I feel somewhat embarrassed about. Specifically some 80s music with boppy synthesized beats: Nik Kershaw, Howard Jones, early Depeche Mode. What can I say? I was a teenager in the 80s.
  5. Checking my blog stats. It’s a sickness, really. It’s not so much the numbers as seeing what people look at and where they came from. Since most of my traffic is due to search engine hits by people who probably barely stop to look, I like it when I see signs that someone looked around, such as visits to my “about” page or some of my favorite posts. (Comments are, of course, the best. Those get emailed to me. Not too surprisingly, I always check my email eagerly, too.)
  6. I like memes. I know I should be scornful of them. But I think they are fun. And I find it fascinating to see what different people do with them.

It looks like this memage involves tagging 6 people. This is the part of meming that I find the trickiest. Some people tolerate memes. Others loudly protest them. Others welcome them. I once had a good experience tagging a couple of random people: one I found through the WordPress “pants” tag, and one who I found using the WordPress “next” button. I had no luck getting Kevin Smith to participate. (Kevin, if you read this, you’re tagged, dammit. Or for that matter, I suppose I could tag this other Kevin Smith.)

So, I’m going to go all random again. I will tag the folks at these 6 blogs I found totally randomly through the NaBloPoMo randomizer. (Okay, it wasn’t totally, totally randomly. I did skip a few blogs where music played automatically, and a couple of very topic-specific blogs, like a birding blog and a chocolate blog.)

If anyone else out there would like to indulge in this meme, please consider yourself tagged.

12 thoughts on “how do I plead?

  1. mmm… doritos. Can’t have them in the house or I just eat, eat, eat until they are gone. yummy.

    but I can’t eat them too late at night, because if I do, no matter how much i brush and rinse and floss, i still taste them in the morning. which is never good.

  2. don’t be knocking the depeche mode. i saw them in the 80s, and the brother could move his hips like no one i’d ever seen. i still think about those hips.

  3. My mother was addicted to Doritos for awhile. She used to make us go on deli runs just for a bag, which she would then eat in one sitting.

    I love your random tags. Did you tell them, or are you just hoping they will find out that they were tagged?

  4. painted-
    That is disturbing. I hadn’t noticed that.

    I hope you indulge! Self-tagging is nothing to feel guilty about.

    Not knocking Depeche Mode. I quite like them. But have you recently listened to “Speak and Spell?” It’s fun but a bit painful.

    I am hoping the random taggees will discover the tags without too much prompting from me. I feel a bit like I’ve released tags into the wild.

    Okay, no apologies for Ho Jo. I do love the cheesy 80s electronic new wavey music. (But see? We feel compelled to qualify it as cheesy.)

  5. wow, I’m so excited- my blog is one of the tagged! ( I’m not sure what to do, so I just want to say hi :) This blogging world is very new to me, and this is very cool! Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving.

  6. Debbie-
    Yay! I’m glad you noticed your tag. If you feel like it, try your hand at the meme. Then pass it along, or not, as you choose.
    Hope you had a good Thanksgiving, too.

  7. Okay- so I will answer a combination of the following:
    Name six guilty pleasures you wish you had the courage to indulge; you once considered guilty but have now either abandoned or made peace with.; Name six guilty pleasures no one would suspect you of having.
    1. I love spicy food- KimChee is my favorite. I eat it straight, out of the jar. I’m sure it’s like pure MSG. The same thing with Marinated Artichoke Hearts and Pepperochini. So maybe it’s anything pickled. (I only accept this if no one is arround to watch)
    2. Full House- the TV show (I accept this one)
    3. Teenie Bopper Earrings- huge plastic things that no one should wear (I accept this one too)
    4. An inability to get rid of clothes. (I do not accept this. I wonder if hoarding clothes is a guilty pleasure I cannot break yet)
    5. Compulsive Journal writing (I wrote every day for 7 years…then I stopped a few years ago due to an ugly relationship, break-up and fear of being uncovered. I would like to get back in the habit again)
    6. does checking my blog stat counter count?

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