Brett has been reading lots of Chuck Klosterman lately and in doing so, has been reading a lot of Chuck Klosterman to me. Which I like just fine. Klosterman is basically a pop culture aficionado which  makes for great, light reading and even better discussion. His books are basically collected essays (a la David Sedaris) so they are high on entertainment value for lack of a cohesive plot.

A few days ago, Brett read this essay on guilty pleasures to me and we cackled and completely agreed. We have no guilty pleasures.

So I’ve compiled a list of my non-guilty, guilty pleasures, in no particular order.

I Love New York, Season 2 

The last time I was emotionally invested in a show was Fall 2007 when Tiffany “New York” Pollard, would be lovah of Flava Flav, made her second attempt to find true love. It was a simpler, safer time, before Harvard graduate Punk (David Otunga) married and had a baby with Jennifer Hudson.

New York is just a confident, determined, mouthy broad and I loved her for it. I couldn’t pull myself away. If someone could find this show DVD (this season, in particular) I’d probably die.

Ke$ha’s new single, Die Young:

Soon, Imma hate this song. They’ll overplay it on the radio, Brett will parody it over and over by inserting Fatty and Stella’s names into the lyrics, and eventually the luster will be lost. But right now? I really dig it.

Also, Rihanna’s new song, Diamonds:

Have you ever played this game? It’s great. Brett and I play it all the time. I always lose. I still love it. That’s saying something.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas 

This is my favorite movie of all time. I watch it all year long. I can quote it from start to finish. Brett loves it because I love it. I would have a hard time loving him if he didn’t. No lie.

Spongebob Squarepants and Rocko’s Modern Life

I put these together because they’re both Nicktoons and both feature a ton of the same creative talent. I love to point out which episodes parallel each other from both shows.

I know that 90s Nicktoons have kind of had a hipster resurgence, but I love these without any single shred of irony. When I don’t feel good, or I’m grumpy, or I’m bored, or I’m homesick, I can put these shows on and I just feel better. There’s something about it.

Brett and I have seen every single episode of Rocko dozens of times. We never tire.

So, let’s have it then- what do you simply adore? Regardless of popularity, what things do you keep going back to time after time or just love the first time you saw/heard them?

One thought on “Pleasures

  1. My grandma used to play skip-bo with me when we'd go visit her. Nell taught us a game recently called Kings in the Corner which is similar to skip-bo, but played with a regular deck of cards (and has some differences).

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