Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Are you the odd one out?

When it seems that everyone likes a movie, a book, a new restaurant, etc and you don't see the appeal, do you ever wonder what everyone likes that you don't? While I don't lose sleep over this, I sometimes feel like the odd one out. I think some people jump on a trend to feel like they fit in. I have no problem trying new foods, authors, you name it, but if I don't like them, I simply quietly go back to my own preferences, don't you?

Years ago when Coors beer was not sold in Michigan, it became The Beer to drink in some circles here. Now the trend is drink micro-brews. I am not disparaging either, but when I want a beer, make it a cold Miller Lite in a long neck.

Ever have trouble buying clothing because the current prevalent style or color looks terrible on you? Heaven help you if you want cute summer outfit with slacks or even shorts instead of capris.
Yesterday a friend and I went to a new burger place that is getting rave word of mouth reviews. We decided we were somehow the wrong demographic and while nothing was bad there, we won't go out of our way to return.
I'm betting that many bloggers currently are or formerly were fans of HGTV. My personal favorites from that channel disappeared years ago. Based on the shows that air now, my kitchen is so outdated, I should be ashamed of myself. We remodeled the kitchen in 1986 and frankly, except for replacing the flooring and counter (vinyl and Formica, respectively), I don't have plans or the desire to do go through the mess or expense of a remodel again. I don't have plans to put my home on the market so I am not concerned with what may appeal to a buyer in 2011.
This isn't about right or wrong, or a question of taste. I just hope that all people taste or try something and base their decisions on their own satisfaction. I know someone living with mauve bathroom fixtures not because she loved the color, but because she was foolishly talked into by someone she thought had better taste than her own. Her finances have drastically changed and she is likely to spend the rest of her life that mauve tub, sink and toilet and good luck finding towels that go with it in today's color palette.
I hope I live long enough for all the things I like and am hanging onto will become retro chic again. Mine will probably have broken, lost or not fit by then, but if lava lamps and platform shoes can make a comeback, a girl can certainly dream. 

* All photos were found using Google search and do not represent the bathroom or burger that I talked about, and that kitchen isn't mine, either before or after. 


Chatty Crone said...

You are so funny - hold on to something long enough and it will come back into style!

Happy Thanksgiving.


Blondie's Journal said...

I hear ya, Knitty! When my Future Interior Design Daughter tells me something in my home will be detrimental in selling it...I'm like, "Who's selling my house?" I am comfortable enough in my own skin by now to not be led by trends. I do get inspiration all the time, but I like to put my own twist on it!


Sewconsult said...

We might possibly be twins...except that I don't drink beer, or much other than an occasional glass of wine. My sister is one who must keep up with the latest home decor. About 4 yrs ago, they bought a new-to-them house. Yes, her decor is more up to date than mine, but as of about 5 yrs ago, we have no mortgage. We live in a nice house that might need some updating to sell, after they carry us out of here. Adding the sunroom seemed like such a splurge after living a frugal life, but I know that we will enjoy it much more than anything else that we could do to the house.
I know that shiny brass will come back in style...one day.