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      Welcome to My Cultural Obsessions!


      I’m calling this blog My Cultural Obsessions because I am obsessed with pop culture.  When I look through the history book of my life, it shows a string of interests that I become infatuated with for a period of time.  Some of these obsessions fall out of favor, but they have already become a part of the fabric of who I am.   This blog is dedicated to my current obsessions and remembering the past obsessions that have made me the person I am today.


      What Do I Obsess Over?

      Cheep/Free Computer Games—  I spend way too much time playing Facebook games and other free Flash games.  I would like to do mini-reviews of a lot of them, and maxi-reviews of the ones I really like.

      Television—  MyMissy and I DVR about 30 hours of television a week.  I’ll be discussing my favorite shows and doing reviews from time to time.  Currently I am reviewing the TNT show, Falling Skies.

      Podcasts--  There are around 20 podcasts I listen to regularly.  Of course, I am months behind on them, so don’t expect any current links, but I’ll talk about my favorites and tidbits I pick up from them.  Mymissy and I also do our own podcasts from time to time.

      Fiction—  One of the major elements to this blog will be posting short stories and perhaps excerpts from my novel as I continue to obsessively edit.  I need to get these things out in the world so I can quit obsessing over them.

      Professional Wrestling—  Don’t judge me.  I’ve loved wrastlin’ since I was 5 years old.  At this point I think I have some interesting takes on the subject I will share from time to time.

      Trivia--  I would like to know a little bit about everything.  Not enough to become an expert, but I’d like to be able to have a conversation with someone about any topic.  So there will always be an element of randomness to this blog.  Intend to call it “The World is a Fascinating Place.”

      Politics—You’ll see links to Dan Savage, Rachel Maddow, and other progressives in this blog from time to time.    Although I don’t know how much I will write about it.  I’m trying to keep this blog as a mostly positive space.

      Teaching--  I teach high school English in an urban public school in Muncie, Indiana.  I have lots of strong opinions about the state of public education in the nation and especially this state.   Again, there is not a lot of positivity for me in this topic, so I doubt I’ll write too much in this vein.

      Atheism/Skepticism—A major part of my personality that I probably won’t explore too much is my atheism.  I will talk more about the fact that I am a skeptic.   The stupidity and lies that are propagated on the internet are endlessly fascinating to me.

      Your Cast of Characters: 

      Drew: I am your tour guide through the pop culture objects that I enjoy.

      MyMissy:  My wife, a big proponent of the “more boobs and explosions” theory of movies.

      The Teenager: My step-daughter, Emily, a college student.

      The Big Girl: My middle daughter, Lilly, a precocious fifth grader

      The Little Girl:  My youngest daughter, Katie, an ornery first grader.