For a long time I read Andrew Sullivan's blog, The Daily Dish, pretty regularly. It is one of those blogs that collect lots of stuff from the blogosphere and link to it, which is convenient. He is also gay, and a determined gay activist, which inclines me in his favor. But he has certain obsessions that get on my wick, and they have driven me away from the site. The dominant one, of course, is religion in general and Catholicism in particular. Sullivan is some sort of Catholic [it is hard to tell just what sort] and he cannot stop talking about every aspect of religiosity. He is adamantly opposed to the "Christianism" of the Evangelical Right and, as you might expect, over the top delighted with the new Pope. He is also obsessed with the new atheist movement, if one can call it that. It is a great bore. Along with that, Sullivan is fixated on beards. He has one himself, and he is forever posting pictures of men with full beards. I mean, really.
Then, this morning, I had a rather embarrassing moment of self-realization. I had spent a nervous hour or so disassembling my viola [taking off the strings, the bridge, the chin rest, and the piece to which the strings attach at the bottom] so that I could polish it with W. E. Hill & Sons varnish polish, a product that originates in Coventry, England, after which I had reassembled it -- a great challenge -- and tuned it so that it was ready once more to be played. I thought to post a description of the process on my blog, but it occurred to me that my obsession with the viola is really no better than Sullivan's obsession with beards, so I decided that I would not do that post.
Except that it would appear I have.