10 Things I Irrationally Love

If you haven’t seen it, the lists of things that one irrationally loves or hates meme has been making the rounds of the blogosphere. I figured I had to chip in my two cents. I know most are doing 21 things, but I can’t even imagine what someone’s mental health must be if they actually have 21 things they irrationally love and 21 that they irrationally hate. Can you imagine the constant mood swings they must have? There isn’t enough Lithium in the world for that. So here are my 10 things I irrationally love:

10. My hot tub: I have one up at a little family summer cottage. It kills me that I can’t have one at my regular home. I only get to use my hot tub about 5 months out of the year. When I’m there on summer weekends I get up and have my morning coffee in it. I usually take a mid-day soak and in the evening I sit in it with a glass of wine. Is that too much? I probably look all pruney all summer.

9. My Kindle: I purchased my first Kindle in 2007 in the first week that they were available. I paid $400 for it and I think it was worth every cent. Even though I’ve moved on to the color screen Kindle Fire, I still keep that original Kindle in a drawer tucked away safely as if it is a precious relic. I love Kindle’s so much that on several occasions when I’ve been in a store and passed shoppers looking at Kindle’s I’ve stopped to answer questions that I overheard. Once I interrupted a store employee because he was not knowledgeable enough in response to a customer question.

8. Solving TV and movie mysteries: Don’t sit next to me during your favorite suspense show or murder mystery movie. I’m the guy that will lean over seven minutes in and whisper in your ear, “It’s the wife. The wife really did it because…” I’m surprisingly good at it. I’m good to the point that I don’t always fully enjoy a show or movie because I get frustrated that the character isn’t figuring it out as quickly as me.


7. Cheez-Its: Yes, the small, square, orange crackers. I love them irrationally and in all their flavors. Unfortunately I recently read something that may have said that the stuff they use to make them orange is the equivalent of rat poison and may cause cancer. That being said, I’ve significantly reduced my Cheez-It intake. I may love Cheez-Its, but I love me more.

6. Table tennis/ping pong: In my life I have been better at ping-pong than I have been at anything else. Yeah, I had a special case to carry my paddle in. There isn’t many feelings as satisfying as feeling as if you have complete mastery of a particular skill. I’m not as good as I once was, but once I’m as good as I ever was.

5. A mosh pit: I don’t mean a mosh pit where people are flailing their arms and injuring each other. I just want to be packed in with a bunch of people jumping in time to the music and passing crowd surfers over your head. You can just feel the energy and electricity of the crowd. My next one is related to this…

4. Green Day: The pop-punk legendary band that I’ve seen several times and have followed for over 20 years now. Even if you’re not a fan of their music I think you’d enjoy their show. They aren’t just young kids playing loud and swearing onstage any more. They’ve matured into consummate showmen that know how to put on a professional show that entertains. Here is a picture I took at their concert in my town last April 1:


3. Technology: I love new devices and apps. I’m an android guy in an iPhone world. If it’s new, shiny and electronic I want it.

2. Blogging: Nope, I’m not kidding. I love creating blog posts and getting comments from other bloggers. I also love reading blogs so that I get to see a genuine slice of another persons world. I’ve learned a lot about other countries and cultures through blogging. That’s why The Phil Factor turns 9 next week.

1. Me: That’s right. I irrationally love myself. I think my writing is better than others probably do.  When I look in the mirror I’m sure I see myself as taller and better looking than others do. I can’t understand why more people don’t recognize my brilliance in all things. You know what though? If there’s one thing in this world you should have irrational, unconditional love for it should be yourself. HA! See what I did there? I was going all funny and cute with the post and then I took a right turn onto life lesson lane. It’s no wonder I love myself. I’m awesome. And so are you.

As always, if you enjoy #ThePhilFactor please share it. Have a great Tuesday night. ~Phil

16 responses to “10 Things I Irrationally Love

  1. 9 years? Well done, I wish I’d discovered blogging much earlier!

  2. Green Day good, blogging good, Phil Taylor awesome.

    • You Marissa are awesome as well because I know you read that post all the way through and didn’t mention the two typos I’ve since corrected.

      • I thought that was the first commandment of blogging “Thou shalt not point out another blogger’s typos”. But if you really want to go there, you probably will get a lot more bloggers visiting this blog if you tag Green Day instead of Gree Day…

      • Crap! There’s typo #3. I may be awesome but I’m not perfect.

  3. Mosh pit? Awesome!

    My son does the same thing with TV and movies, including when I introduced him to “The Twilight Zone”.

  4. My husband loves pingpong too! and amen on Green Day!

  5. I don’t have mood swings.
    I’m just special.
    PS. I also love Greenday, just not irrationally 😛

  6. Blogging for 9 years? Well done sir. I’m tired of it already and it hasn’t even been a year.

    Also, I’m really enjoying 50 shades man. And I’m not just saying that. I think we have a very similar sense of humour.

  7. Couple thoughts on this post. First of all the pathology of someone who has a ready list of 21 things they irrationally love and hate is suggestive of either OCD or several years of psychotherapy. I’m always amazed how many people ignore an obvious discontinuity and just assume there is a rational reason for it. Clearly this does not describe you. Well done!
    I’ve only been in a hot tube once but I can assure you there is nothing irrational in loving that!
    Green Day is an interesting choice. Causal listeners won’t get this but for a pop-punk group they have surprisingly intelligent and clever lyrics. Most punk bands either repeat the same lines over and over or take a Jackson Pollard splatter effect approach to lyric writing.
    I’m right with there with you on the movie thing too! I also have the annoying habit of critiquing the continuity as well. It’s fun for me but for those trying to watch with me…..?
    Finally as for ping-pong….well….you haven’t played me yet. 😉
    Another great post Phil!

    • Yes, Green Day gets a little political at times but they’re always entertaining. As for your confidence in your ping pong abilities, you haven’t played me yet either. Thanks for your comments.

  8. Green Day and Cheez-Its…those two things alone are the makings of an awesome day. 😀 Great list!

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