In the west, I believe that we think in binary. Something is either horrible or awesome, but rarely a mix of both (I have another post about this and it involves Sharon Stone. Excited?). That doesn’t work for me because sometimes things are both awesome and horrible (ponchos, for example…..please let them come back into style because they are totally impractical but I love them and I have a ton in my closet waiting for that day when I see them again in the Nordstrom catalog). I’m not sure if these are so horrible that they cross back over into awesomeness. Or maybe they are just awesible. You’d think the two couldn’t mix and that what sits in the middle is just “meh”, but that is not necessarily the case. Black plus white equals fuchsia.
Sometimes I think about these things as falling somewhere along a circle (like a clock face). And sometimes awesome sits at 3:00 and horrible sits at 9:00 and something plops right down at 12:00 noon. And that something will cause you to ask yourself repeatedly: “Do I love it or hate it?” and then you’ll be like: “Why can’t I get this out of my head?” And then, you are accidentally humming it on the treadmill at the gym. I give you the pancake song. It’s a gift and you don’t have to thank me.
Tip to Heather at Dooce.