First off (and it's sad that I have to say this), this is in NO WAY an attempt to put down those who like "special" or "fancy" things. I find, lately, that I have a fondness.... more so than most around me.... for "ordinary" things.... even when I can afford what is generally considered "better". One of my all-time favorite foods ever is a grilled burger. Throw in some sweet potato fries and/or steamed broccoli and I'm one happy dude. It might just be my favorite meal. Add a Bud-Light beer and I'm grinning from ear to ear. I have tried every craft beer you can name and they are all horrible to me. I don't need a "chewy" beer with a "fruity note" (whatever all of that means). I have had people at shows buy me all of the "best" beers. I have had to choke down a few to keep things friendly. But I'll take a Bud Light, thank you. I can't wait to get my first sip of Duncan Doughnuts coffee (the big bag from Sam's Club) fresh from my $29 Wal-Mart coffee maker every morning. I have attended meetings and events, or stayed at resorts, where really expensive coffee is served and, frankly, I don't care for it. I have tasted just about every wine on Earth. A girl I once dated spent a Summer in France living with her aunt... a wine critic. She tried everything to get me to enjoy a wine we could both drink together. The only one I was even able to swallow tasted like Kool-Aid to her. I have been on very expensive vacations to exotic locations. Give me a weekend at the family beach house in little ole' North Carolina every time. Disney with my girls? Woohoo! The more exotic, the less I enjoyed it. My perfect vacation away from home? Let's go to a cook off in Texas featuring live bands. Let's go to Nashville and hang out with locals who know where the "real" good eating joints and off-the-beaten-path live music joints are. (I could spend three days in the Musicians' Hall of Fame.) Take me on a tour of Chicago or Kansas City blues clubs. I once held, and played a few notes, on one of Stanley Clarke's Alembic basses (the one he recorded School Days on if I recall). I felt like I was holding Excalibur, and it was obviously a well-crafted instrument, but I HATED the way that bass handled. Give me a 5 string P bass with a chunky neck and I'll rock or funk you to death. I was recently offered a great deal on a fully-loaded luxury sports car. I wasn't really interested, but I went over and drove the thing. The person offering the car to me was literally offering me a "gift" of a deal. I could have flipped it for thousands in profit. But I didn't want to take advantage of his generosity. I drove the car. I didn't like it at all. It was complicated to drive. It was complicated to operate. It can't carry a bass rig, my kids, or any of their gear we need for a road trip. My full-sized four-door pickup with a camper shell gets it done.... and can yank a tree out of the ground to boot. I told that guy to sell it to his nephew, who I knew to be more of a "car guy". An uncle of mine owns a shoe store. He offers me great deals on great shoes. He knows I'm into lightweight low-top hikers for daily use. I have tried on $300 shoes and none of them fit me well at all. Some vented Merrell Moabs or Keen shoes get it done all day long. Throw in some inserts from Walgreen's and I have happy feet. I love a good pocket knife. I have a small "collection" of <$40 pocket knives that really get the job done (many from Wal-Mart or the bargain cave at Cabela's). A knife enthusiast would scoff at my daily carry knives. I use them for everything from a screw driver to a wedge. I have done several kayak tours with some local clubs. All of those guys have really nice kayaks that slice through water and cost several thousand dollars.... along with paddles that cost several hundred dollars. I have an off-the-shelf sit-on-top kayak I bought used and paddles I got on sale at Dunhams for about $50 (maybe even less). They have super nice life jackets. Mine is a Body Glove from Sam's Club. (I usually tuck it at my feet anyway. I'll grab it if I get ready to tip over.) They even have these super fancy "kayaking helmets". Yes, there are kayaking helmets. I wear some sort of ball cap to keep the sun out of my face. One guy even had some "kayaking shoes". I wear my hikers for launch and then tuck them in the little cargo net and go barefoot until it's time to come ashore. They have the most complex racks on top of their vehicles.... with special straps for kayaks. Some of them look like space antennas of some sort. I have a rack on top of my camper shell. Some scrap 14-2 Romex (wire used in the walls of your house) is what usually holds mine down these days. I have a five acre yard with four acres of grass. All my neighbors have $10K +/- zero turn mowers and can cut their grass in about an hour. I own an old Craftsman 54" lawn tractor that I bought used from my dad for a few hundred bucks. I can cut my grass in an hour and twenty minutes. I have tried to use one of their mowers and they just feel "weird" to me. Who needs to cut grass at 35 mph? I got a couple of passes done in my front yard and had to return my neighbor's mower and whip out the old Craftsman. The point is, I find that I tend toward more "ordinary" things. I don't make a point of it. It's not a "lifestyle choice" or something I do intentionally. In fact, I just recently noticed the trend in my life. It's just that many of my favorite places, foods, and things I use daily are... "ordinary". How 'bout you?