Trying to communicate with people using only a broom and an unread copy of Jane Eyre

This post was originally supposed to be yet another bookshelf update video, but I am too lazy at the moment to take pictures, upload them to my computer, heavily edit them to make them look half-way decent and upload them to my Web site. And, let’s be honest here, I’m just going to make changes three days later anyway. So this will just be a random post of random things I’ve been doing in the past few months. Oddly enough, none of them involve crying, which is new for me.

Organizing

Now, this isn’t anything new, but I’ve been trying to be more organized, and I’m starting with rearranging my collections so it’s more functional for me. And I’ve also done a little decluttering, but I’ve just been putting things in “storage,” and by storage I mean certain areas of my house. I’m trying to figure out what to do with the items I don’t want which leads me to the next thing.

Selling on Ebay

I’ve always wanted to sell on Ebay, but I was hesistant because I do not have a printer. It turns out, not having a printer isn’t really an issue, especially for a casual seller like myself. I’m not going to be the Beyonce of Ebay Selling. I sold a handful of books and a DVD set, and it all went well. I didn’t make much, but the goal was more to get rid of stuff and not so much to make money, although the money is a bonus, obviously. I’m planning on selling my collectibles at some point, but right now I’m taking a small break from selling until I have time to go through my stuff and have a better idea of what I want to sell and for how much.

Working on Novel Outline

I have mentioned so many times that I consider myself a writer, even though I barely write. I’ve been slowly, very slowly, actually, been working on a novel outline for a novel I will probably never write. I know. I know. All of you are screaming, “Omg Kenny. Just write it. You don’t need an outline!” I don’t feel comfortable writing a 300 page plus novel without having a solid outline; otherwise, I’ll, you know, have a nervous breakdown and cry. I do that enough when I read.

The good thing is I’ve been making profess with the outline. The problem is finding a premise that I’m fully comfortable with and committing to certain details. Now I just have to, you know, write an actual story, heh.

Reading and Watching TV, the saga, part 12

I’m still continuing my quest to read and watch TV more often but, of course, not as much as I would like. Honestly, as long as I’m still reading and watching TV in some capacity, that’s progress in my books. Your life is officially sad if you want to watch more TV and failing. Ok. I lied. There’s a little bit of crying involved with this.

Learning American Sign Language

I’ve been wanting to learn another language for about half my life, but I haven’t made any significant progress. I took Spanish in high school and French and Mandarin Chinese in college. Yes, I’m Asian, but I don’t know much Chinese. I can understand a little of it, but other than that, I might as well be White.

I really had no interest in learning Spanish, despite it being the most practical. No, I wanted to learn a language that has little to no practical everyday use for me. I am Asian, after all. I tried learning French, German and ASL for the past 10 to 15 years with little to no success. About a month ago, on a whim, I decided to go back to learning ASL and while I still feel like I don’t know anything, I’m slowly progressing. Let’s hope I improve in the next 15 years.

Setting Fire to the Unfinished Books that Bored Me to Death

I have always considered myself a reader but like with writing, I don’t read s often as I want to. I have since gotten much better with reading consistently lately and honestly, I’m just glad I’ve read more books this year than last year. Of course, this wasn’t a huge accomplishment, since I only read like three books last year but still, I’m happy because I’ve read more books this year than the last three combined. This year will be less sad than usual, so YAY.

So far, this year, I have not DNF’d a book. DNFing for those who do not know is simply not finishing a book and not having the intention of ever reading it again, even with the threat of rabid squirrels throwing acorns at you. Seriously, life is too short to read horrible books. Live your life, girl. :p

As a person who is not really an established reader, I have DNF’d quite a few books given the short amount of books I’ve read. In my life time, not including in a school setting, I’ve probably read 50-ish books and DNF’D probably around ten books. I don’t really have a specific genre that I read. I read whatever sounds interesting to me and sometimes, it turns out that, well, I’m not that into it.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
A woman goes missing under mysterious circumstances and her husband is highly suspected of foul play

I read Gone Girl shortly after the movie came out. At the time, both the book and movie was getting hyped up and there were mixed reviews about both. Still, I was interested in both reading the book and watching the movie. I started the book before I started the movie. I liked the movie but never finished it, but I’ve been wanting to watch it again. With the book, it was fine but it was very difficult for me to get through it. It’s over 400 pages and the text is tiny. Even though I liked it and wanted to finish, I just wasn’t interested enough in the story to pick it up again. I know the movie and book are slightly different but I would rather just watch the movie and not read the book. I’m not going to be heartbroken not knowing specifics of the book.

Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman
A collection of essays heavily revolving around pop culture in the 90s and 2000s.

OK, to no one’s surprise, I was immediately drawn to not only the title but the cover as well. It just screams, “I might not be your type, but you know you want me.”

So, yeah, I read the first few essays, and I immediately knew the book just wasn’t for me because I felt I was a little bit too young for the pop culture references made in the book. Now, of course, I’m familiar with the pop culture references in question, like The Real World and The Sims, but I didn’t really experience either. I don’t play computer/video games and I really don’t watch realty TV. I like realty TV but more so realty TV competitions and to be honest, I was never really that interested in any of the realty TV shows on MTV in general.

I stopped reading after a few essays because I just couldn’t connect with the book. Oddly enough, I was listening to a podcast where someone strongly recommended the book and he’s only like three years older than me. I guess age isn’t really a factor, but I felt like I needed to be ten years older to understand the book.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
A shy and lonely teenager befriends two outgoing siblings and explores the aspects of life he’s been missing.

OK. OK. I know that this is a young adult classic that most people adore and respect, but it’s been difficult for me to get through it. There’s a lot of stream of consciousness in the book, and it’s difficult to follow the protagonist’s train of though. I just gave up reading it because it felt like a chore.

New Show on the Disney Channel: A group of 30-somethings sit around and complain that TV isn’t as good as it used to be

I don’t remember much of my childhood when it comes to interests and hobbies. There are the usual suspects of watching cartoons and reading books and magazines, but nothing much beyond that. I’m not joking. I literally had no music taste until well into my late teens and even then, I was listening to country at all times, which is no longer the case, surprisingly.

Yes, I’m a late bloomer when it comes to developing my tastes, interests and hobbies. I’m such a late bloomer that I often think I was a child in the early to mid-2000s because that’s when my likes, interests and tastes developed. Yeah…I was 14 in the year 2000 and legally an adult in the mid 2000s. Ugh. I’m sad. 🙁

One of the many, many things I am nostalgic for is the Disney Channel. I did not discover the Disney Channel until I was 13. As a child, I mostly relied on Fox, the WB and Nickelodeon for my cartoon watching. I didn’t move on to the Disney Channel and Cartoon Network until my teens.

Like with most TV channels, the Disney Channel is nowhere near as good as it used to be. I honestly can’t think of anything in pop culture that got better over the years. YA fiction books maybe? They’re not as sad and angsty as they used to be but, then again, that was the trend in the early to mid-2000s.

Now, people do still talk about old movies and TV shows from the Disney Channel but they’re, of course, going to be the more popular favorites like Lizzie McGuire, Even Stevens, Kim Possible, That’s So Raven, Cheetah Girls and High School Musical. I am going to go on the opposite end of the spectrum and stick with shows and movies that are not talked about as often.

Mad Libs
Based on the popular fill in the blank book series, teams of two go up against each other in wacky challenges in order to fill in the black of various incomplete passages.

In the late 90s and early 2000s, there were a countless number of children’s game shows. Most of them associated with Nickelodeon, of course. The Disney Channel only had a few, and it was only for a very period of time. Despite this, I still remembered Mad Libs as if it was a long-running game show. It was fun. It was wacky. And, most of all, it was entertaining.

So Weird
A girl investigates the paranormal while traveling with her family.

Inspired by the X-Files, So Weird was completely different from any other show on Disney. It was one of the very few shows that had a more serious tone and explored topics that were not commonly found in children’s television. In this case, ghosts, aliens and clones. It’s a nice breath of fresh air to watch a serious children’s shows when most are comedic and light-hearted. It shows a different side to Disney. “Hey, we’re silly, but we can be serious when we want to be. Here’s an episode of a group of kid being kidnapped and trapped inside the Internet against their will. Have fun!”

Phil of the Future
A family from the year 2121 is stuck in the 2000s when their time machine crashes.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, Phil of the Future is an exaggerated version of a family sitcom. It has all the elements of a family sitcom: A loving family, awkward situations, heartfelt moments and some drama. There just also happens to be a broken-down time machine, futuristic gadgets and a caveman. It adds another level of humor that you don’t get with most family dramas with a more traditional premise.

Alley Cats Strike
A group of misfits have to work together in order to beat a rival high school in a game of bowling

Back in the early late 90s and early 2000s, the Disney Channel would churn out Original Disney Channel movies pretty much every month. This is one of the most underrated and lesser known ones from that time period. It’s a simple movie. There is no flash. There are no gimmicks. No one is singing and dancing in a high school gymnasium. It’s just a simple good feel movie about a group of misfits trying to win a trophy for their town. How wholesome is that? And isn’t this a great prequel for a future Hallmark channel movie? The hero moves to the city to go to college, finds a job, is happy for a decade or so, but moves back home to take care of his dad’s bowling alley and reunites with his friend and his childhood love interest to battle once again for the trophy? Ugh. I’m a genius.

Stuck in the Suburbs
Two new friends go on an adventure when they realize that one of them accidentally switched phones with a well-known pop star.

This is clearly a movie that would mostly attract teenage girls. Or girls in general, rather. So why is a 33-year-old man nostalgic for a movie geared toward 13-year-old girls who love rainbows, cute puppies and One Direction? First , I like movies that are centered around friendships rather than love interests. While the protagonist has a crush on the pop star, it’s obviously nothing serious. The spotlight here is on the friendship between the two girls and how it evolves through a short period of time

I also enjoy the concept of a movie with a premise of two people, the protagonist and the pop star, and how much they have any impact on each other with not having met each other until the end of the movie. It’s not used frequently, but it’s an interesting concept.

Having a non-committal relationship with a bookshelf

It’s that time again. It’s time for me to show the changes I’ve made to my bookshelf. This has inadvertently turned into a series. I didn’t know that rearranging your bookshelves was apparently a hobby.

The number one thing that was bothering me about my bookshelf was that I had my memoirs on the shelf. Ideally, I wanted to separate my memoirs from my fiction because I felt it was wasted space to have them on the shelf. Before, I had various books I didn’t know what to do with in between some bookends on a nightstand next to the bookshelf. I took out the books that were in there, moved some things around and put in the memoirs that I was the most interested in and put the rest in storage. For added interest, I added a Kenny Plush (from South Park) and a framed photo of two people looking at the Empire State Building that I bought off of Etsy years ago.



I had most of my YA fantasy books on the top of the bookshelf, which was fine but it was getting a little too crowded for my liking. I decided to split them, putting some on the top of the shelf and the rest on the shelf below. To fill the space on the shelf below, I added my detective novels. The top of the shelf was looking a bit empty to me, so I just put a pot I got from Etsy ages ago to fill the space for now. Yes, I already sense a bookshelf update coming soon. xD



On the next shelf, I have two piles of YA novels, with themes of mental illness and the like and next to them are,well, random assortment of things I like.

The next two shelves pretty much did not change. I just added a Lego police car to one and a NYC tour bus to the other to balance it out.



The shelf below is a shelf I like to call the “Shelf of Death,” simply because I never know what to put there. I like the current setup though. There’s a handful of books I’ve read that I liked, books I’m currently reading and assorted zines, poetry books and bookmarks. I do like how it’s not empty anymore.



The bottom shelf stayed more or less the same. I just added more books. Oh, and I, um, got another Lego boat hull because I wanted one in green so, um, yeah. I’m a collector. Sue me. =p

Should I finally splurge and get that life-size statue of Michelle Branch?

Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of people wanting to simplify and organize their lives by going through their items, getting rid of the stuff they don’t need and re-organizing everything. While I could do with some re-organizing and some light decluttering, I could never be a minimalist. I like being surrounded by stuff. Of course, I can live in a space with no furniture or personal items if I had to but my life is not an episode of Burn Notice.

Over the years, I have regretted buying a countless number of things for one reason or another: the item broke shortly after I bought it, I lost interest in the item, etc. I’ve been trying to be more careful about what I buy. I’ve been happier with my purchases for the most part. There are, however, some purchases that I have been wanting to do for a while now, but I keep delaying them, mostly because of the cost, the fear of not liking what I’m liking and the strong possibility of it falling apart in my hands.

New Digital Camera

I have an old Canon digital camera  several years ago that is fine, but the quality of the photos is so bad that I have to edit them in order for them to be decent.

I’ve been hesitating to buy a new camera though because I don’t take pictures often, and I’m honestly afraid that I’d get poor quality pictures anyway.

A Second Desk

I have a desk for my laptop and small tasks but for things that require more space, like craft projects, it’s not functional. I’ve been thinking of getting a second desk so not only do I have the space to do art projects and other things, I can just leave stuff on it without the need to put everything back right away. Perhaps some people might think this would just add to the clutter but, honestly, it would be nice just to leave a project there so I can come back to it when I have the time.

A Portable DVD Player

I can play DVDs on my laptop, but I’m often using my laptop so I can’t multi-task.  A portable DVD player would allow me to do both. I did have one, but it broke mysteriously one day, so I’m hesitant to buy one.

If I had to make one purchase right now, I would lean toward the portable DVD player. It’s the cheapest of the three, and it would help me watch more TV, which is one of my goals. I know. I know. It’s sad that I had to make it a goal to watch more TV. Stop mocking me. D=

Being jealous of people who can binge watch entire seasons of shows in two days.

Over the last few years, I have felt out of touch with what’s currently on television. It’s difficult to keep up with what’s popular on TV when you, um, don’t have a TV. I rely solely on streaming and, even then, I haven’t really been consistently watching TV. Because of this, one of my goals for the New Year is to watch at least one show consistently.

My number one problem with watching TV is trying to figure out what to watch. A lot of the shows I want to watch have been canceled for years, and I always wonder if I should watch them or if I should watch more popular shows that have not been canceled yet. I know. I know. I should be watching what I like but I can’t help but to think “Should I spend all my time watching a show no one is watching or talking about anymore?”

It’s especially difficult because I am limited to Netflix and Amazon Prime, so I wouldn’t be able to watch a good portion shows currently on the air. The good thing is, I do have a foundation to work off of. Three years ago, I made a list of TV shows that I wanted to watch. Needless to say, I didn’t finish any of them. So let’s make a new list of shows I want to watch and see if I can finish one season of one TV show in another three years.

Now, some of the shows are no longer available on streaming, so I can’t watch them at the moment, like Revenge and Awkward. Of the ones that I can watch, the only ones I’m interested in watching/finishing are Breaking Bad, Mr. Robot and True Blood. If and when I have time, I would love to re-watch Burn Notice and Dexter, although neither are priorities right now.

There are many other TV shows I want to watch but it’s tricky. I don’t like the idea of committing to a TV or movie, and then be totally devastated and/or appalled by the ending, so I have a tendency to fast forward and skip toward the end to see if I would be satisfied to watch the entire thing. I, of course, don’t do this every time and I am trying to not do as much, but it has helped with my decisions on which TV shows/movies to commit to.

In addition to Breaking Bad, Mr Robot and True Blood, I am also considering watching the following:

You’re the Worst
Daredevil
Broadchurch
Sneaky Pete
Arrested Development
Fleabag
The Americans

I’ve started on all of these shows but gave up on them for whatever reason. Mostly because it’s just difficult in general for me to watch something consistently. I don’t need to finish all of these shows before the end of the years, or even any of them. I just want to be making progress, instead of crying in front of my Netflix account. I already do that with my towers of unfinished books.

Confessions of an Asian Man: “I liked Twilight.”

I don’t watch a lot of movies. The primary reason is there’s just not a lot of movies that I’m interested in to the point where I have to watch them or I will die. Two of the few exceptions have been The Accountant and Love, Rosie, and I loved both of them. Now, there have been other times where I’ve been dying to watch a movie and I’m hyped up with it, and then I end up disappointed. Not angry enough to throw a heavy object at someone but angry enough to lightly slap someone. Conversely, there have also been movies where I wasn’t expecting much, and I ended up loving them. Funny how that works. You’re hyped up for something, it’s garbage. You’re expecting to hate something, you love it. It’s like I’m in an episode of Black Mirror. Below are a few examples.

It’s Kind of a Funny Story
Based on the book by the same name by Ned Vizzini, a depressed and suicidal teenager admits himself into a mental hospital after coming close to harming himself.

I knew about the book before the movie came out, but I watched the movie before I read the book. I had the opportunity to watch the movie for free while I was in college, and I was excited to see it. At the time, I wanted to read the book but was extremely bad with accomplishing goals and reading, more so than I am now. I know It’s hard to imagine. And I went by myself too. That’s how badly I wanted to see it. Boy, was I disappointed. I felt, in the movie, nothing really happened and, honestly, I barely remember what happens in the movie. It didn’t help that pretty much the entire movie took place in one primary location: the mental health ward of a hospital. This wasn’t the case with the book. They took out the entire first half of the books and the events that led the main character to checking himself into the hospital. Now, I’m not a book adaptation snob, especially because I watched the movie before I read the book, but it just was not a good representation of the book.

Logan Lucky
A man recently fired from his construction jobs plans a heist during a NASCAR race.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it. I tend to like comedy dramas because of the balance of funny moments and serious moments. With comedies, they tend to overcompensate and they have the vibe, “Look at us. This is a comedy. Watch us do comedy.” Not with this. It’s a comedy with a ridiculous premise that would not happen in real life, but it still has a down-to-earth feel about it. You can’t help but to root for the likable characters.

Going the Distance
A newly formed couple decides to try a long-distance relationship when one of them suddenly gets a job offer across the country.

When I watched the trailer for this, I was immediately drawn to it. It was a simple realistic premise. The characters seem funny and likable. It was a winner to me. Yeah, not so much. I couldn’t even get through the entire thing. Because it was so long ago since I watched, I don’t even remember why I don’t like it. I just remember it wasn’t what I thought it was going to be.

Twilight
A teenage girl falls in love with a teenage boy, who happens to be a vampire

I can already feel a group of White girls judging me and rolling their eyes and saying, “God, even we don’t like Twilight.” Now, in my defense, I only watched it once and it was roughly ten years ago, when it came out. I barely even remember the film itself. I just remember watching it and liking it. I didn’t really know what to expect before I watched but Twilight is a movie that you don’t want to tell people you like. Oh well. I’ll live. :p

Desperately Seeking: Other Asians who have difficulty completing simple goals

Whenever I post about a new project of any kind, I feel kind of guilty because I know that there would most likely not be any progress on it, and I would not post any meaningful updates on it. Anyone remember Keeping Up with the Newses? No? Great. If only if it were possible for me to forget about it.

In a moment of brief insanity, I made a list of goals for the year. For those who know me well, I would make an attempt to accomplish the goals but would most likely cry in front of a pile of unfinished books.

As of right now, the only progress I’ve made is that I read five books. While that is quite an accomplishment for me given that I read five books LAST YEAR, a lot of people can finish five books in one month. I know. I know. I shouldn’t compare myself to others but it’s kind of difficult when you’re in the book community and you’re surrounded by people who can devour a 500 page book in one sitting as if they’re a lion eating a gazelle. As a result, I feel like I’m a squirrel trying to eat pigeon droppings, and failing.

Also, keep in mind one of my goals is to watch more TV on a consistent basis, and I’m not even doing that. It’s quite sad, really. I can’t finish a 50-minute episode of Breaking Bad in less than a year. And I’m not even joking.

While I am making progress in reading more books, I’m pretty much failing in everything else. Apparently I’m not a multi-tasker. Although, to be fair, it is quite early but I don’t really have a good track record with personal projects and goals. Learning another language, for instance. I wanted to learn sign language. That didn’t work out. I wanted to learn French. That didn’t work out. I wanted to learn German. That didn’t work out. I kind of sort of want to learn Spanish, for practical reasons because there is a large Hispanic population here, but I honestly don’t want to. I basically want to do everything but can’t seem to focus. Normally, I would blame it on me being Asian but I don’t think that’s the problem here. :p

Like with most things I do, I try and plan out how to tackle a goal or project but mostly I just say “screw it,” and I just wing it. I did want to have some structure though, so I came up with the goal of reading 30 books. If you break it down per month, that’s 2 books a month for 6 months and 3 books a month for the other 6 months. And it does help to have a quota a month that I feel is not unreasonably high.

So far, I have read two books a piece for January and February and a lone one book for March, despite having more days. Going into this, I knew I wanted to read a variety of books at one time. For example, I might read a YA book that’s funny and heartfelt, a YA book that’s sad and serious.and an adult detective novel. I do not want to be reading three different versions of the same book at any given time. I want to have a little bit of variety and experience different genres, themes and writing styles.

Unfortunately, this past month, I made a mistake. I chose three books that I knew would be difficult for me to finish in a single month: a YA historical fantasy novel that’s 400 pages long (A Bright and Burning Shadow by Jessica Cluess), a funny YA novel that’s 359 pages long (The Boomerang Effect by Gordon Jack and a book of short stories involving being in the military (Redeployment by Phil Klay). Um, yeah…I made the wrong choices, especially because I wanted to read three books that month, and it just was never going to happen with the books that I chose.

Because of this, I only finished one book in March. For the month of April, to make up for being one book short, I am going to try to read three books. With that said, I made a more appropriate selection. I am sticking with Redeployment because it’s relatively short and it’s the only book I started before the end of March, so I might as well finish it. In addition to Redeployment, I am also reading Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson and Paperweight by Meg Haston.

I wanted to read a memoir this month, especially because before I got into reading more fiction, that’s been the genre I’ve been reading, and I wanted something funny.I also wanted to read a YA novel with a female character. Paperweight was more or less in my wheelhouse, centering around a young woman battling with self-image issue. I love damaged characters.

We will see how well this pans out but so far, it hasn’t been a disaster, which is always a good sign to me.

Oh look. I’m actually putting books on my bookshelf. Oh, and Gundam Kits.

Months ago, I posted about my bookshelf, and how I organized it. Well, shortly after, I, well, basically changed everything, and it’s completely different now. I predict this is going to be an ongoing series. I hope you don’t mind monthly updates on my bookshelf.

It all started with my obsession with book-related YouTube channels. I was inspired to read more often and, also, surprise, to buy more books. This was especially because I had mostly non-fiction books, and I wanted to focus more on fiction.

As you can see, it’s almost completely different from what it was before. I moved all my fiction books to the bookshelf and organized them based on genre. Of course, there’s more than just books on display but still, there’ a crap ton of books on the shelf.

First, at the top of my bookshelf is my young adult fantasy. I had the stewie figure on another shelf but I just stuck it in the space in the middle. I quite liked it, so it stayed.

The shelf below that is my memoir section. Even though I’m making the shift to reading more fiction, I’ve always enjoyed reading about other people’s real life experiences.

The next section, well, as you can see, hasn’t really been well thought out. It’s just a place to display random things. And, yes, that’s a metal ampersand. It’s supposed to be a bottle opener and, no, I don’t drink alcohol.

Below that is my young adult fiction. Until recently, I had only a few young adult fiction books, and then, well, I went nuts.

Next is my adult fiction books. I have a nice selection here, but it’s difficult to find adult fiction that I like because I found that I read best if it’s written in first-person narration. I know. I know. I’m missing out on a lot of good books but I’m having difficulty enough reading consistently as it is. If I read a 500 page third-person book, I would literally die. x.x

And then we have what I’ve been calling “the shelf of death.” The shelf I don’t entirely know what to do with. I decided this is where I would put my miscellaneous “book things” on this shelf. There’s a pile of bookmarks. There’s a random journal I bought from Amazon. Obscured by the journal is two poetry books that I bought because I wanted more variety in my books.

Since I took this photo, I have added my collection of zines to this shelf. I’ve been wanting to do it for a while but I was just putting it off for so long. I do feel like they belong on this shelf since they’re book-ish.

The last shelf remains largely unchanged from before. This is where I store my Gundam kits and some of my legos. In addition, I have my children’s books on top of my Gundams. I know it’s not wise to put heavy objects on ardboard but eh, when you’re low on storage, you do what you have to do. The Gundam kits will survive. :p

The shelf will go through many changes over time. Heck, it’s gone through some changes since I’ve written this post but I do like it’s more of a bookshelf than an everything shelf.

Here it is, finally: My collection of photographs of random people ugly crying.

I am often jealous of people who are able to focus on one particular thing, specifically a specific interest or hobby. I am the opposite. I have the tendency to, well, collect everything. I’m not joking. I’ve collected books. I’ve collected DVDs. I’m collected Legos. Miniatures. Action Figures. Art supplies. Magnets. Keychains. TV memorabilia, New York stuff, Anime Stuff. Kawaii Stationery. Regular Stationery. Office Supplies. Stamps. Coins. Everything, really. Well, not quite everything. Even I have limitations when it comes to collections. Below are some of the items I simply have no interest in collecting. And, please, as always do not send out any angry Asian mobs to chase me down with traditional bamboo torches while shouting in various Asian languages I do not understand.

K-pop Stuff

If a person were to come up to me and ask me what kind of music I like, I wouldn’t know what to say. In fact, I would not probably not be able to come up with anything and just stare at them for a few minutes while they slowly walk away from me, regretting that they ever asked me such a simple question.

It’s difficult for me to answer any type of question related to music since my music taste varies so much because it revolves around specific songs that I like and not so much specific artists that I like. And, yes, if you ask me to name what my favorite song is, I would shriek like a little girl and run away.

I don’t listen to foreign music in a regular basis. K-pop, especially, is not something I was ever interested in. It’s just not something that I enjoy because I am the type of person who would like to at least understand what a song is about. I know. I know. I can find a translation somewhere on the Internet. But no. I am lazy enough as it is. I will not hunt down translated lyrics for songs that I don’t love. I just can’t get into it.

Coincidentally enough, if I had to listen to a foreign song genre, it would clearly be sad French songs sung by sad French girls. What can I say, I like sad French songs.

In general, I don’t really collect music memorbillia. I have a few CDs. I have a number of guitar picks. But I am just not a music person. It’s weird enough that I collect guitar picks, and I don’t play the guitar.

Fidget Spinners

OK. I don’t understand how this became a cultural phenomenon in the first place. It just doesn’t appeal to me. Maybe because I know that if I use one, I would somehow chop off a finger. And. this is coming from a person who collects knives. Knives. I’m strange, I know. x.x

Video Games

As a child, I played video games with my brothers and various cousins. As I got older, I still had an interest in playing video games but I didn’t really want to own a video game system of my own, and I just slowly lost interest over time. I did buy like a Wolverine video game like ten years ago but I have no idea where it is now.

I have tried computer games but I have a tendency to have my computer crash here and there. Don’t ask me what I’m doing on my computer, thank you. :p

Because of this, I have gotten into the habit of, gasp, watching other people play video and computer games. A lot of people are always wondering, “Why the heck would you watch people play games and not play them yourself.” Because it’s cheaper and easier, and I don’t have to throw a brick at my computer out of frustration.