Is This Anything? [rant]

David Letterman has an occasional segment called, "Is This Anything?" where they open the curtain, someone does something, and Paul & Dave bicker about whether or not it's 'anything.' I was reminded of this segment while reading random blogs and saw that some chick listed her hobbies as "listening to music & watching movies." How are those hobbies? You're not really DOING anything, right? And that's your hobby list? That's it? Aren't hobbies something you DO? Even if you're just a head on a stick, whistle or hum or something. Just sitting there while things happen around you isn't a hobby.

I had to look up what the proper definition of 'hobby' actually was and found it is any of several small falcons of the genus Falco, formerly used for catching small birds or game. I gave one of my 'hm, interesting' grunts then proceeded to definition #2: "an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation: Her hobbies include stamp-collecting and woodcarving." The 'or interest' part leaves that way too open for people. A hobby is something that you add some kind of value to.


I guess this hit me the wrong way, because saying your hobby is watching or listening to something someone else has created is taking credit for something you have nothing to do with, and that's lame.

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