Friday, October 21, 2005

Am I Pretentious?

God, its been an age since I last posted anything here. Fear not though dear reader, we haven't all jumped ship; think of it more as a fallow period due to adjusting to a new routine of life. I've now started my Masters and things are going alright. At least I think so, I feel as though I'm gradually going through the gears work-wise, and it'll still be a couple of weeks until I get back up to full speed. Anyways, the course is about what I was expecting, which is a good thing, and the travelling is pretty good as well. That may all change when essays and deadlines start to appear, but until then, we're fine. My tutor seems really cool as well, which is always pretty handy, although I think I ask him too many (probably obvious) questions. Will still though have to try and remember not to make everything I write about be based around either Who, Battlestar Galactica or something similar. After all, I am studying television and not just sci-fi television.

However, over the last couple of days its come to my attention that both of my housemates think I'm pretentious. Quite frankly, I'm astounded! The grounds for these accusations are as follows: I use big words and make overtly long sentences, I eat posh food and I make them feel inferior some times. There were other reasons, but for the moment they elude me. Anyways, for now I want to tackle these issues individually:

1) On using big words and long sentences: I just feel that if you've got a certain amount of substance to your brain, why not use it? I think this taps in to my deep-rooted hate of being viewed as stupid, something that I was made to feel for the majority of last year with my (terrible) job, and subsequently I may have reacted against that. Additionally, I spent most of the time I was in Sixth Form having to play dumb to a few people, and so didn't want to do that anymore. If that offends, then I'm sorry, but I just happen to like big words.

2) On liking decent food: what the hell is wrong with that? I mean, you hear so many stories about the rubish that's in the food you buy that I feel that in buying decent food I'm not eating as much regurgitated chicken head as other people. Granted, all I'm probably doing is eating the same amount of regurgitated chicken head as anyone else, just in better packaging. However, in my head it counts for something. Anyways, I still buy a lot of Value produce, I just happen to like fresh bread! As for ready meals, I still eat them. However, when you spent three years living with someone that constantly told you that you could make the same yourself for cheaper, and it'd taste nicer, it kind of took hold. Subsequently, I now agree with that sentiment. Moreover, what's wrong with reading the Observer Food Monthly?

3) On making people feel inferior: err, I don't know what to say to that, suffice to say that I wasn't aware I did, and if I do I'm sorry. I never mean to make people feel that way. Granted, I don't suffer fools easily, and I do tend to put up a lot of barriers before I let people in, but that's just due to past experiences. If you're too open you just get taken for a ride, and so the second (or should that be fifth?) time around, you're a bit more cautious. I don't think that's grounds for being pretentious!

Cyber Control's (pretentious) Top 5:
Maximo Park - Apply Some Pressure
The Cooper Temple Clause - The Same Mistakes
The Rakes - 22 Grand Job
Headswim - Better Made
Elbow - Snowball

14 comments:

sundlight said...

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Cyber Control said...

Thanks for the offer, but I think I'm fine when it comes to generic viagra. One question though, what is it that makes it generic?

Targetman said...

So 3 years of being called a food nazi appears to have had some positive effect - i now have a smug grin on my face!
Mr Rodway may think you eat pretentious food but at least you dont eat carbonised onions...

Cyber Control said...

Carbonised onions? Sounds unpleasent, and I bet they are. Are they the key ingredient in generic viagra though?

Uncle Rod said...

I'll have you know that carbonised onions are a delicacy in France... probably. Cant believe you took that pretentious comment so seriously Ross. Hell, its not like you're the only person in this house that likes to act a little superior sometimes! And Ed..... your mum.

Targetman said...

Its generic as viagra is a product name, it would in theory do the same thing just with a different name. There ends todays lesson.

Uncle Rod, you are gay...

Cyber Control said...

You know what, this is the most popular thread there's ever been on this site! And I was gonna give up because I thought no one was reading! Uncle Rod should make sweeping put-downs more often!

Oh, and Ed. Who are you so wise in the ways of Viagra?

Targetman said...

I work for a pharmaceutical metrics company who deal with both Pfizer (makers of Viagra) and companies who make generic versions of these drugs - not I might add because of my own recreational uses (one look at Chris' mum is all it needs).

Targetman said...

And just to keep the thread going - keep up with the site, its always a good read and a way to keep in touch as you dont respond to text messages...

Uncle Rod said...

"sweeping put downs"? I stand by my point that you take things waaaaayyyy too seriously. I dont want the fat/american/religious types thinking that I only poke fun @ them. And Ed...... thanks man, I'll let my mum know that you feel that way. How was belgium?

Targetman said...

Belgium was good, but nowhere near as good as your mum...

Cyber Control said...

Look, I can't help it if I haven't got any credit on my sodding mobile. You try not having a job edward! Oh, and thats a little harsh about Chris's mum.

Why does my computer keep playing Runaway by the Corrs?

Uncle Rod said...

Ahhh, I think you may be suffering from the bug in windows XP wherein media player's shuffle mode favours tracks by Irish girl bands. Microsoft have labelled the bug as critical, and are working on a fix.

And, Ross, dont worry about Ed, he's just missing not having his mummy around to make his sandwiches and tuck him in at night... aint that right ed? ;o)

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