THINGS I'VE BEEN (BRIEFLY) OBSESSED WITH
I have a problem getting super obsessed with things and learning EVERYTHING about them, then dropping them and never going back
- •BalletI still love ballet, but as my sister says, there was a time that I followed dancers like race horses. I knew careers, choreographers, stats, ballet companies, who was up and coming. I once took ballet when I was 4 and 5 years old. That's it.
- •GolfFor a while I was deeply into the world of golf. I knew all the players and all the tournaments. I watched every PGA tournament. It should be noted that I've only ever play putt-putt golf.
- •Figure skatingI can list Olympic champions and even runners-up. I know world champion stats. I know what songs they used for performances. I know the jumps and turns and all types of moves and skills. I actually understand the new scoring system. Before this, in 1998, my sister and I aspired to be Tara Lipinski, but we lived in small town Alabama with no ice to speak of. We instead learned figure skating-esque tricks on roller blades. We were pretty much the coolest.
- •Movies starring Cillian MurphyNot sure what kicked this off, but I've now seen almost his entire filmography. Even the independent Irish films.
- •Dance moviesNot surprising given the love of ballet. And there are some great dance sequences in film.
- •Horse racingI still watch the big three Triple Crown races every year, but there was a time when I knew a surprising amount about horse racing. It should be noted that I don't know how to ride a horse.
- •Baseball historyI know nothing about current players or teams, but I'm really good at trivia games. I know all the facts about baseball before, like, 1960. It should be noted that I hate playing baseball. It's one of the only sports I don't like.
- •The RomanovsI can list off every Romanov ruler in order of succession. That's over 300 years of Romanovs. It's a party trick.
- •WWI poetry"Never such innocence, Never before or since, As changed itself to past Without a word – the men Leaving the gardens tidy, The thousands of marriages, Lasting a little while longer: Never such innocence again." - Philip Larkin