Mind Set

I am sure there is a body of research about people’s likes and preferences, explaining why we keep coming back to the same things. A childhood memory, a taste tried long ago, a chance meeting, anything can burn into subconscious and manifest itself years later without an obvious reason.

I don’t have a brand loyalty, but I find myself having some visual and taste preferences that I’ve been drawn to for many years. Some of these I can explain, others are still a mystery, but I know they are strong. I’ve purchased the exact same sweater twice several years apart not realizing it until I brought it home and put it next to the one I already had. Somehow I always end up with the same shade of jeans. My next car will be the newer version of my current car. I love to try new foods but there are dishes I can eat every day without ever getting bored.

I’ve worn this exact design of a watch for over 20 years.

Mind Set

Every time my watch dies or gets too rough-looking I march to the store and buy another one of these. Both Timex and Casio have this design, and I have the latter on my wrist right now. When I need a new watch I always check out the entire selection, knowing that nowadays I can spend more than $22 on a timepiece but every time I find this one the most eye-pleasing and comfortable. Luckily I don’t have a need to express my life achievements with a watch, so I just buy the one I like the most and I am set for the next several years. I’ve even considered buying more than one just in case they stop making it, but I am hoping this doesn’t happen soon.

Recently I bought 2 pairs of Adidas shoes, one is the model pictured and the other one is very similar. No contemporary scientifically designed shoe comes even close to this look in my mind. Every time I wear these sneakers I really enjoy the way they look, which is not something I say often if at all. I can find the source of this “attraction” somewhere back in the 80′s. As a matter of fact most of my everyday footwear is bought at the “retro” or “originals” section of the store.

Mind Set

Long time ago on a trip to Georgia I walked into a farmers’ market and inhaled the smell of cilantro for the first time. We had some cilantro in Ukraine but the Georgian market was submerged in a cloud of cilantro smell. I know not everyone likes this but these are my tastes we are talking about here. I love cilantro to this day.
Mind Set

I still find the “80′s look” eye-pleasing. Weirdly my own kid now seeks out these clothes at thrift stores, although the teased hair is probably still a few years away :-). I’ve seen women who never stopped living and dressing like it’s the 80′s and are in dire need of an intervention. But when I look back on the old pictures I don’t find the 80′s style silly or grotesque. It was a good look.

Mind Set

Am I the world’s most interesting man? Probably not. But I am sure even he has things stuck in his head that make him do what he does. We all do.

  • David Remley

    ….that reminds me, I need new tennis shoes….

  • Will Notb

    …totally get the cilantro.
    also used to have a watch like that…in 1980. You can see it on my wrist at the 3:43 mark of this video. As i recall it kept good time and had a stop-watch function that I often used to check length of animations. Now I have a larger watch – if that is possible – with really big numbers for my old eyes….

    • http://kcmeesha.com kcmeesha

      Couldn’t see the watch because I was staring at the mustache.

      • Will Notb

        still there.

        the “beard” died a quick death, though…

        • http://kcmeesha.com kcmeesha

          I always admire people carrying on with a mustache, just like I respect people named Richard insisting on being called Dick.

          • Will Notb

            ha!

            funny, in the mumblety-odd decades i’ve worn a mustache perception of them has undergone so many wildly divergent changes it’s ridiculous. right now we seem to be in a period where beards are the facial hair people critique: stubble – full?, permed – natural?, wild – trimmed?, plain – dyed? …and again – who gives a fuck?

            frankly, it’s this idiotic obsession with the banal that keeps our species from achieving that of which we’re capable. As the final warheads are about to detonate (or the swarm of asteroids about to enter our atmosphere; or the sea levels about to swamp all but everything above 12,000 feet; you get the idea…) over 2/3 rds of the race will be otherwise occupied with the results of The X Factor or other such drivel…
            that, of course, will be the ultimate post post-modern ironic moment.

  • bobkennedy

    I know this is irrelevant to your present post, but I can’t find another way to tell you I’m having a Russian Accent withdrawal. I like your posts and hope you’ll grace us with more in the new year. Easy for me to ask; you are the one doing the heavy lifting.

  • Dana

    I am a distant fan of your writing. You do not know me. Please write more. I don’t care what about. (Disclaimer: if you or your family are ill or if you have sunk into a debilitating depression, I apologize for the unwarranted demand and hereby retract it.)

    • http://kcmeesha.com kcmeesha

      this is very nice of you to say. Surprisingly I am not suffering from any ailment – mental or physical :). I just can’t come up with anything that I find exciting. Every time I think of something I realize that I’ve done it already or that it’s not that interesting. But I promise to try again soon. Thanks for reading, you don’t know how much it means to me. Feel free to suggest something you are interested in.

    • http://kcmeesha.com kcmeesha

      Oh, I constantly update this blog’s Facebook page. There are thousands of pictures there as well as some links, it’s linked on the right side of this page.

      • Dana

        Oh thanks, but facebook makes me feel like I might vomick (as they say in my very small wing of the Southern Appalachians). And it’s not just the norovirus I’m fighting off after cleaning up a certain family member’s post-Christmas expulsions several times yesterday. I’ll wait for a more beefy discourse. Perhaps you could expound upon another favorite recipe. The world is your oyster, Russian man.