Sideband #37: Joining the Group

A recent Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal comic set off “Ah, Yes!” bells today. It explains graphically and precisely why I’m so allergic to trendy:

from SMBC by Zach Weiner

Or as great Groucho Marx so famously put it, “I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member.”

Actually, that’s not entirely true. There are some clubs—not the kind referenced in the cartoon—that I would join. I’m just not one to jump on a mass band wagon. I have deliberately tried to live life per the Robert Frost poem, The Road Not Taken. (“And that has made all the difference.”)

I’m just not one for mass movements and large crowds. I’m not anxious about being in a crowd; it’s more that I find crowds (and often people in general) irritating (for exactly the reason indicated on the graph above). For almost two decades now I’ve held “Wednesday Night @ the Movie” (although it hasn’t always been on Wednesday).

My pals come over, chat, drink my beer, and then we go to the last show at the local theatre. Often we see a new movie (sometimes one that came out the previous Friday) as a “private showing.” We have the entire theatre to ourselves. It’s wonderful!!

In fact, it’s Wednesday, and the guys will be showing up soon. I just wanted to post that great cartoon! It speaks to me, it does. And it speaks of me!

About Wyrd Smythe

The canonical fool on the hill watching the sunset and the rotation of the planet and thinking what he imagines are large thoughts. View all posts by Wyrd Smythe

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