In the darkness the trees are full of starlight (henwy) wrote,
In the darkness the trees are full of starlight

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Obsession, for men

There are times I wonder if I have a slower form of ADHD. I tend to flit from obsession to obsession, but over a much longer time frame. It's this personality quirk that keeps me from signing up for anything with a monthly fee since it's almost a guarantee that if I'm really interested in something this month, it'll be in the trash bin of obsessions past within another month or two. It's not not like I won't become interested in whatever it is again some point down the line, but it could be months or even years. I've had fixations on various video game systems, fantasy novels, audiobooks, anime, musicals, dungeons and dragons, board games, etc. No matter what my interest is at any particular time, it sucks up a tremendous amount of my processing power but I'll readily drop it like a hot potato when the next mental fad comes along. My room is absolutely littered with the remains of past fandoms, leaving with it piles of assorted video games, unopened ccg packs, a closet full of shrink wrapped board games, and all sorts of minutiae.

All of that is merely background to the fact that I just ordered a popcorn-popper from Amazon. Yep, I've decided that my current obsessive interest, as far as food goes, will be air-popped popcorn. Like other things in my life, I tend to fixate on certain foods. When I was living in Chicago, I could go weekss subsisting ham and cheese sandwiches or frozen pizza or hamburger helper, or, as it looks like might be the case again, popcorn.

I've never liked microwave popcorn for some reason. It just tastes, feels, and smells 'wrong' to me. The fact that it almost instantly dissolves the minute it touches your tongue is incredibly disturbing and artificial as far as I'm concerned. Air-popping your own popcorn yields a far better product in my opinion and you can add just the right amount of butter and salt to taste. For a time in Chicago I bought an air-popper and would proceed to make terrifying voluminous bowls of popcorn, which I would proceed to eat for meals over days. Food-based obsessions tend to die away pretty rapidly due to the 'sick of it' effect and I haven't thought about popcorn in more than a passing way for years.

It popped back in mind recently as I contemplated a bowl of Shelley's leftover microwave popcorn. What could be a better food than popcorn? I spend most of my nights watching anime or otherwise fiddling with useless crap. Popcorn would make for a great snack/meal all rolled into one as well as being a non-messy snackfood I could munch while watching my videos and lounging around. Just like that, the idea took hold and I've been thinking about popcorn for 2 days now. I gave some minor effort to trying to locate my old popcorn popper that I brought back from Chicago, but God only knows where it is now. Instead, I decided to just buy another one tonight on the spur of the moment and according to Amazon it should be here by Thursday. On Thursday I will proceed to locate a salad bowl large enough to submerge (at least his head) and drown a man in and fill it with a ridiculous amount of air-popped popcorn.

It's going to be wonderful.
Tags: amazon, food, obsessions, popcorn

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