Friday, May 2, 2008
Newsflash: I am white.
For about a month now, I've been a regular reader of the fantastic blog Stuff White People Like. As a white person (and therefore an authority on the subject), I enjoy how correct it is. I also enjoy the regular White People In The News feature, wherein they highlight news articles about the lives of white people. Even better - they were finally forced to exempt The New York Times from this feature, because all the news articles were coming from it. Because let's face it, The New York Times is a newspaper about white people (it's my home page).
Sometimes the blog is so spot-on it's eerie. Like the other day, when the entry about scarves was posted, and I read it while sitting at my desk, wearing a scarf. In all fairness, I would say that - outdoor scarf wearing aside - about 80 percent of the time that I'm wearing a scarf, it's because I'm cold. Folks from my last job could tell you in detail about my scarf-wearing exploits, because I sat directly underneath an air conditioning vent that regulated the office temperature, regardless of season, by blasting cold air on my head. In that situation, some people might reach for a sweater. I went for a scarf.
Also, I make scarves. So I should be allowed to wear those without feeling as though I am the whitest hipster alive. Not that that's a bad thing.
By the way, I want to throw this down right now. He's at 97 things so far - Manhattan/Brooklyn is on there, and so is San Fran. Austin has got to be coming. I swear it is. Every white person I've ever met likes Austin. Even white people who have never been here. Also knitting/crocheting is coming. Although that's sorta gender specific. But I feel like a lot of white people are getting into that these days (myself included).
I like so many things on that list of 97 things that white people like. There are some, though, that I really, really like. They include:
#1 Coffee (bonus points for making my own espresso)
#5 Farmer's Markets
#8 Barack Obama
#25 David Sedaris (and bonus points for liking Amy Sedaris too)
#35 The Daily Show/Colbert Report (please note ownership of a "Stewart/Colbert '08" t-shirt)
#38 Arrested Development (theme song is my new ring tone)
#44 Public Radio
#54 Kitchen Gadgets (God I have so many)
#63 Expensive Sandwiches (I think this is just a side effect from my time in New York)
#64 Recycling (future blog post will address my obsession at length)
#83 Bad Memories of High School (can't decide if I want to go to my reunion this summer because I hated it so much)
#97 Scarves (see photo above)
Dang, I am white.