guilty pleasures

A buddy of mine and I were talking about our ‘firsts’ the other day. Ie..first album, first concert, first drinking experience …. We had a good laugh.

I think my first concert was Red Rider, Cheap Trick and April Wine at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver. 198? I know the ticket was around $8. To this day, Cheap Trick is still one of my favorite bands. No idea why. Have you heard them? Outdated. But there you are.

So then we took it a step further and talked about our guilty pleasures and realized that we never really grow up; no matter how old we are, there is always going to be stuff that we are embarrassed to admit we like. I loved Duran Duran in high school but wouldn’t admit it.

Isn’t that silly? I own my home, my car, I pay taxes, vote, and am capable of finding my way to the middle of a Peruvian jungle with little assistance, yet there are things that I am reluctant to admit that I do/like.

Why? That is a good question. No human is the same. Fingerprints, personality, DNA structures all make us different than each other, yet we rally so hard to be the same. If you think about it, it’s really silly. Dr. Suess’s birthday just passed and he was one of the first guys who said, ‘be different!’. Yet, why are we so scared of it? How did that become the status quo for humanity?

I would hate to be a teenager today. Being different when I was young was hard, but being different today really has its consequences.

I read some Marianne Williamson quote yesterday about knowing who you are and being ok with it. I think I realized that I am at the place now but it took 44 YEARS. Jeez, I hope it doesn’t take others half as long as it took me.

I am a different gal. I march to the beat of my own drum. I’m loud, outspoken, don’t adhere to social norms, and I definitely make mistakes. Lots of em. But that’s me and I’m ok with it.

So I have listed some of my guilty pleasures and awkward ‘likes”.

Feel free to add to them.

* Ashley Simpson’s music.
* Smirnoff Ice coolers.
* Corona beer.
* pro hockey players
* The Rock (dwayne johnson)
* Rhianna.
* Seth Green (?)
* short guys
* fart jokes
* Wipeout
* played with barbies til 10..ish?
* Yellow Tail shiraz
* dance music
* renovatIon shows
* jigsaw puzzles (adore them)
* Backstreet Boys
* fireball shooters
* sitting in airport bars
* smell of gasoline

The list could go on, but you could get the point.

Be yerself! You are the only one you’ve got!


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34 Responses to guilty pleasures

  1. Stephanie says:

    I have no shame in admitting that I love any pop music from the late 90s and I will always belt out ‘Kiss from a Rose’ and ‘My Heart Will Go On’ in a dramatic fashion in my car.

    Also, I’m so happy I’m not the only one who loves the smell of gasoline!

  2. ickyemy says:

    Harry Potter, Coors Light, Orlando Bloom as Legolas the elf, James Patterson books,, cat videos on youtube, cheap mascara, Downton Abbey, yoga pants, engineers, Eminem, Jenna Marbles, Cards Against Humanity, singing really loud in my car, brussel sprouts, memes, trampolines, watching re runs, Bonsai trees.

  3. Krista says:

    SETH GREEN IS AWESOME. That is all.

  4. Danae says:

    I think you are totally awesome! I think it’s awesome that you can speak your mind. I’ve never really admitted either my guilty pleasures and I’m 31. But here’s a few of mine:
    Fart pranks
    Men with tattoos
    Being a major nerd
    Thank you Samantha for being so awesome!

  5. LPR says:

    Red Rider and April Wine??? Holy crap! That is so Canadian I’m surprised you don’t bleed maple syrup. So awesome! Hey, wait a minute…Corona and not Pilsner?? 😀

  6. katbcoll says:

    I loved Duran Duran and often wished I could have John Taylor’s hair.

    Guilty pleasures… I refuse to be guilty about them because that would mean that I cared that others thought they were wrong – something I don’t give a hang about. But I will do “awkward”

    Wipeout (since day one)
    Ghost Hunters
    Ghost Adventures
    Destination Truth
    Total Blackout
    The Dead Files
    Gator Boys
    Bitchin’ Kitchen
    Stoya (porn star, awesomely straight-forward blog posts, both about porn and being a woman)
    Fart jokes
    Played with barbies but only in that I put them in bed with GI Joes and called it “soldier on leave” (I’m not sure where I learned that, but the Viet Nam war was going on at the time….)
    Playing “Halloween” music all year long (Midnight Syndicate)

    There’s more, but I think that’s enough for now, yeah?

    P.S. Jigsaw puzzles are awesome!

  7. Heather says:

    I must tell you, I always look forward to your posts. I find them fascinating, intelligent and endearing.

    Here are my guilty pleasures and awkward likes:
    “samferris” posts
    YA books (yep, I’m 39)
    Data entry
    Colin Farrell
    Sleeping in ’til noon on the weekends
    Ingrid Michaelson
    Backstreet Boys
    The smell of Tiger Balm

    • samferris says:

      Haha. Oh my gawd, you guys make me laugh. Funny, a few of you have said Metallica…one of them ‘ridiculously loud in her mommy-van’!!! I love that.

      Yer msgs reminded me of a few more:

      – The Kardashians
      – Sending annoying msgs to Paris Hilton
      – Great Lash mascara (pink and green tube)
      – picking my mascara off
      – disco (LOVE Bee Gees and ABBA)
      – dipping finger in hot wax
      – super trashy celeb mags
      – Playing Wordmole and solitaire on my Blackberry

      • ickyemy says:

        Haha, that’s the cheap mascara I was talking about too! *high five*

      • gail lozinski says:

        Hi Sam , hahah…you make me Laugh! The70,s are still the Best,ya also Love the Bee Gees,back then and now. Play some BeeGees on Sunday Rock101….

  8. kp says:

    A Flock of Seagulls
    Brownie Batter
    Little Bear cartoons
    pretty much any aspect of Geekitude including Douglas Adams, Trek and how fabulous my ‘girls’ look in a corset.
    peanut butter and banana sandwiches.
    still clinging to the idea of singing jazz professionally
    playing Metallica or System of a Down ridiculously loud when I’m alone in my mommy-van.

  9. kath says:

    have you tried any “Wasgij” puzzles ? the picture on the box not the picture you create – for example it can be either before or after the picture that you create …. my 79 year old mother expects one each Christmas 🙂

  10. Paul Schram says:

    My favourite thing is all music from the ’70’s including Cheap Trick, and April Wine. Burton Cummings from the ’70’s was my all time fav. But 3 of my absolute favourites for music is Chicago, The Alan Parson’s Project, and Toto. And of course one of my all time fav’s is you. 🙂

  11. elena says:

    Smell of permanent markers
    freshly mowed lawn
    keeping up with the Kardashians
    doritos and marshmellows
    dunking my cookies in milk

    These are a few among a long list…

  12. Erica says:

    Sleeping. I really love sleep and never seem to get enough, coffee, the smell of coffee the warmth of the cup…could have something to do with not enough sleep. The history channel. Renovation tv, cooking shows. Dark chocolate. Oh and quelf! If you don’t know what quelf is look it up and then go out and get it right away!

  13. D says:

    Eating streusel topping and graham cracker crust raw
    My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (I’m a girl brony and Pinkie Pie is my homegirl)
    Cartoons of the ’80s and ’90s
    Looney Tunes
    Harlequin Blaze and similar crotchbooks
    Using porn to find new music
    Reading cookbooks
    Investigation Discovery and forensic psychology (even got a degree intending to go into the field)
    Hating cheesecake
    Listening to ’80s Billboard hits
    Lynyrd Skynyrd and a few country songs (I’m black, so…)
    Horror movies, especially the made-for-TV and straight-to-DVD ones
    Real Housewives and Shahs of Sunset
    Going to movie marathons like the one for Die-Hard back in February
    Food tweeting

  14. Annie says:

    Smell of new shoes in the box
    Pulling clean white socks on clean dry feet.
    Flossing out a big ol’ chunk of sumpin
    When one of my iPod songs comes on the radio
    Keanu Reeves. Just…wow. No one I know gets that.
    First time you wear new underwear out of the package.
    John Denver songs
    Stargate SG1 and Atlantis DVDs in the bathroom (while Im doing hair and makeup. What did you think?)
    Magnum PI
    Old Westerns
    Circus Peanuts (the big orange candy)
    Hawaiian Punch
    Steve Irwin
    Raindrops on roses, and whiskers on kittens……

  15. Julie says:

    I don’t have any guilty pleasures. I like what I like and if people don’t like it that’s their problem, not mine. I won’t feel guilty about it at all.

    People try to make you feel guilty about what you like because they desire conformity. I’m 48 years old, I don’t like to conform any more.

  16. I’ve never had a problem just being myself, not even as a teen. I’ve always valued the unique and quirky while simultaneously being raised by parents who were training me how to stand up for Jesus in the face of this evil world. (Sadly for them, I’m now an atheist that can’t be swayed by religion, lol.) I am not at all ashamed by the things I like.


    I blush when admitting that I watch The Vampire Diaries. And that I’ve read every one of the Southern Vampire Series books. And that I actually PREFER Boones Farm. And that I sometimes stop channel surfing when I see the Kardashians or those rich bitches — er, whores — er, housewives in Dallas. I like lots of other things that aren’t popular, but I’m not at all ashamed by them.

    There are a few things I’m embarrassed to admit I *don’t* like, because everyone else seems to so much. Lynyrd Skynyrd, for example. And football. And fireworks. Fucking Shakespeare.

    Most embarrassing of all? The enormous list of classic books I’ve not read (Animal Farm, Lord of the Flies, The Catcher in the Rye, Don Quixote, anything from Vonnegut) and classic films I’ve not seen (Grease, Citizen Kane, Rear Window, Dr. Strangelove, etc.).

  17. Lauren says:

    Oh god, I have too many to name!!! But let’s give it a shot.
    * dancing to 90s pop with my girlfriends
    * going Wayne’s world in my car every time bohemian rhapsody comes on.
    * mixing peanut butter and Nutella together
    * Dressing goth/punk/rock to match what ever gig I’m going to.
    * serenading people who stare at me when I’m singing in the car.
    * knowing every offspring song ever.

    That’s the teeny tiny tip of that particular iceberg.

  18. Mary says:

    Guilty pleasures:
    Bon Jovi
    Cherry Garcia Icecream
    Nightmare on Elm street films
    Lifetime movies especially those that star Melissa Gilbert
    Nora Roberts novels
    These are a few of my favorite things!

  19. megan says:

    My guilty pleasures are:
    Duck tales
    Home improvement ( the show)
    Doctor who
    Vanilla ice cream and ovaltine
    Stargate sg1 and atlantis
    Disney movies ( the older ones 101 dalmations, beauty and the beast, etc)
    Jack and coke
    Horror movies

    Just to name a few.

  20. Jessica says:

    I saw April Wine when they were in Halifax a few years back. I had never heard of them before, but my dad told me they were good. I was quite impressed.

    Anyways, my list:

    America’s Next Top Model
    Beverly Hills 90210
    Karaoke videos on Youtube (when no one else is around, of course)
    Bad, overdramatic reality tv (toddlers and tiaras/kardashians/kitchen nightmares, etc.)
    Flirting with cute boys even though I swear I’m not a flirt
    Outdated pop music (Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls, Hansen)
    Current pop music (Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez)
    Nicholas Sparks novels
    Campy horror movies.

  21. Kim says:

    So many things, but I’ll just list a few:

    Cheesey sci-fi movies.
    Almost all things Grumpy Cat.
    Getting on facebook & seeing the various e-cards/memes posted.
    I love 80’s music; can listen to it any time.
    Dipping french fries in a Frosty. YUM!
    Horror flicks; action flicks. A guilty pleasure is watching some of the really cheap ones that are so bad you can’t help but watch til the end.

  22. Elaine says:

    Hey Sam, that’s a great list! Looks a lot like mine…except mine wouldn’t have the Backstreet Boys and I’m sure I was closer to 12 when I gave up on Barbies, (but my friends were still playing with them, too!)
    My additions: The Bachelor/Bachelorette and crossword puzzles (I remember one in particular from about 6 years ago… 🙂


  23. My guilty pleasures? Oh, lawdy, I’d be mortified if anyone knew I

    1. occasionally watch marathons of Teen Mom.
    2. have a weird thing for Robert Carradine. You think Keanu Reeves is hard to explain? Try Bobby Carradine. The Cowboys, The Long Riders, The Big Red One — three of my favorites movies.
    3. can eat a big ol bag of Smarties. The candies, not random know-it-alls.
    4. rock out to Celtic fiddle music.
    5. am obsessed with cemetery angels. Okay, actually that’s something people do know about me, but they don’t get it. Not at all.
    6. love the songs from Oliver! and Sweeney Todd. Not enough misery in South Pacific for me.
    7. when solicitors annoy me I invite them to come back next Friday and “bring your own goat.” I’ve been doing it for years and I still think its really funny. Ah, good times.
    8. my life’s goal is not really to finish my Master’s Degree and get a great job. My life’s goal is actually to find the perfect pair of jeans. I am that shallow.
    9. think belly dancing is pretty groovy.
    10. listen to Sunshine on My Shoulders when I’m sad.

    There’s a whole ‘nother list of stuff that probably should embarrass me, but doesn’t. I guess those aren’t guilty pleasures, but sort of “Oh, yeah!? Well, what’s it to you? pleasures.”

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  26. Joseph Mudloff says:

    I’m of the opinion that Cheap Trick are timeless, not outdated. Got a confirmation on that when I found out in 2007 that my teenaged son was totally into them.

    • samferris says:

      Good god, I still adore that band. But the outdated, unheard of stuff. ‘Need your love’ ‘oh Caroline’. Etc…. I could take all their music to a desert island and be perfectly

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