Guilty Pleasures

Today is sort of a coming clean day for me. Normally, I like to trick you into thinking I am the best at everything and only spend my time doing strictly awesome things.

Here’s the thing. I feel like we’re at the stage in our relationship where I need to be real with you and let you in on my “less than desirable” traits that you weren’t previously aware of. These are things I enjoy, but am not necessarily proud of, and the list goes something like this:

Pop Corn

You wouldn’t think that a kernel of corn turned inside-out into white fluff would taste so good. I mean if you look at it the right way it sort of looks like the kernels sat around and grew fungus… delicious, butter drenched fungus. I shouldn’t love eating popcorn as much and as often as I do, but I like big fluff and I cannot lie.

Sleeping In

I don’t know why this is, but I’m always embarrassed to admit to anyone if I’ve woken up any time past 7am. If someone calls me and it ends up being my wake up call, I’ll either ignore it or clear my throat and tell them I’ve been up for hours. All that said, I love sleeping in, even though it just feels so wrong.

X Factor

Let’s call this show what it is: a “reality” show that is 90% scripted. Even still, I can’t help but let it suck me in. And it’s usually the parts that you know are scripted that pull me in the most. I mean, who can turn away from the train wreck when it’s a Lady Gaga impersonator with the talent of a William Hung? Guilty as charged.


A lot of guys would say I get points deducted from my Man Card for this one. This could be because the lead singer likes to sing in falsetto, wear leather pants, and dance around on stage- I’m not 100% sure on this one. That said, the album “Parachutes”, for my money, is about as good as it gets. Stop judging me.

I know I’m not the only one who secretly loves things I may or may not be proud of. What are a few of your guilty pleasures?

  • Jason Vana

    I like most chick flicks. It’s the hopeless romantic in me.

    • Stephen Haggerty

      Thanks for coming clean, Jason. I can respect that.

  • Daniel Carman

    I love Menudo and wearing frilly things. Let’s just keep this between you and me though. I wouldn’t want this to get out.

    • Stephen Haggerty

      Daniel- Though I’ve always kind of pegged you as a Ricky Martin guy, I would not have guessed that about the frilly things. You learn something new…

  • Bill (cycleguy)

    I like a bowl of ice cream every night. The bowl has gotten smaller than it used to be. Chocolate makes it even better. I also like the hair bands and arena rock bands (Styx, Kansas, Foreigner, Stryper, etc). Guilty pleasure because not all their songs are “clean.” I like peanut butter and nutella on bread, crackers, and bananas. I also like Tommy James and the Shondells. Okay that’s enough for now. :)

    • Stephen Haggerty

      Glad you were able to get this off your chest, Bill :)
      But Tommy James and the Shondells- you shouldn’t be embarrassed. Those guys are actually pretty cool if you ask me.

  • Alexis Sanchez

    I love all of those too! But I’m open about it since I am a girl and young I guess it really isnt that much of a guilty pleasure lol X-factor is awesome!

    • Stephen Haggerty

      I feel you.
      Have you seen this season’s X-factor? Anyone you are liking?
      For some terrible reason I loved watching the mean blond girl from Texas get up and bomb. Again, it’s the train wreck factor. Not proud of it.

  • Robert Smith

    I watch MASH every night to go to sleep, and that is usually accompanied by an Atomic Fireball or three!

    • Stephen Haggerty

      I know what you mean, Rob. I’m the exact same way with Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

  • Arny

    I like high school musical…
    The Power Rangers
    Katy Perry (those freakin songs are too catchy! Dang it!)

    • Stephen Haggerty

      I would not have guessed you were such a Katy Perry fan, Arny. But we’ve all got our things, I recon! :)

  • austingilly

    I absolutely have my guilty pleasures. I watch The Voice and Dancing with the Stars with the lady, and I actually enjoy it. Taylor Swift is my jam. I lotion my hands like 3X a day, and put chapstick on constantly. Girly-men unite.

    • Stephen Haggerty

      I’ll be honest, I didn’t see the Tay-Swift in you… but I suppose we all get a freebie today ;)

  • Conor Scholes

    I am with you on ColdPlay…I mean, “Fix You” is completely overplayed and over performed, but I still love it…that sound you hear in the background is my worship team snickering at me…also, I secretly love the fact my boys are 5 and 3, and I can watch movies like “Despicable Me” over and over.

    • Stephen Haggerty

      Definitely, Conor! You let those worship team members snicker… They’re missin’ out!

  • Jeff Bickley

    Mmmm….Popcorn!!! My favorite food. I eat it with just about everything. Subway salads and sandwiches….no chips for me, thank you, I have popcorn! It’s amazing with pizza, too! I have popcorn every day.

    I also love Coldplay. I saw them on the um…the…hang on. “Rush of Blood to the Head” tour. They were still just catching on back then, and a young group of teens from Tyler, TX who called themselves Moss Eisley opened for them. Of course, we all know them as just “Eisley,” now. I still love “Yellow.” Probably my favorite song of theirs.

    As for my own “guilty pleasures…” Let’s see. I like some Lady Gaga songs. I also love “So You Think You Can Dance.” And “Masterchef,” too. I’m not much for “reality” TV, but I really like those two shows. Hmmm…oh, yeah. I like “Vampire Diaries.”

    • Stephen Haggerty

      Dang, you’re speaking my love language now (popcorn)!
      Not a big Vampire Diaries fan, but my wife can watch the heck out of that show. Definitely her guilty pleasure.

  • D.A. Broughton

    I’ve never ever been into popcorn. Now Sunchips! Those are a thing!
    At the top of my list is James Bond flicks.
    I have a bunch more, because I, too, came clean a while back:

    • Stephen Haggerty

      That’s too funny, D.A.
      I was just having a conversation with a friend about how hard it is to come up with an original blog post idea anymore… Just when I thought I’d found one- darn you, D.A. Broughton!! :)

      • D.A. Broughton

        It’s a personal vendetta.

        Tell ya what: when I post the third instalment, I’ll link to yours. Good enough peace offering?

  • Joan Penn-Bastian

    I love the corny teenage movies, probably because in my head I’m still one. 10 Things I Hate About You, She’s All That, Bend It Like Beckham, Princess Diaries, etc.
    I also love corny music, anything I know all the words to and can sing along. Nancy Sanatra, John Denver, Partridge Family, etc. Tommy James and the Shondels are one of my all time favs.
    I go through a tub of fat free whipped topping every 2 – 3 days.

    • Stephen Haggerty

      Princess Diaries for sure! Great flick, and I’ll admit that one with pleasure.

  • Rob Shepherd

    Roxette, Cloak and Dagger, and eating late at night.

    • Stephen Haggerty

      You should feel guilty about Roxette. And I’m with you on the late night eats- always does me in.

      • Rob Shepherd

        You know you love Roxette!

  • Loren Pinilis

    I personally am indifferent on Coldplay, but I thought you might get a kick out of this:

    My guilty pleasures?
    Hot Dogs – Love em for some reason.
    And also holding my breath while I drive through tunnels. I almost about passed out one time while driving my family through a particularly long one. I thought it was probably a good idea to maybe break my rule then.

    • Stephen Haggerty

      Oh man, that comic hurts me good, Loren. Cuts me deep.
      Your tunnel habits sound ex to-the treme. I’ve heard passing out while driving can be bad, pretty glad you backed out of that one.

  • Dan Black

    Some of my guilty pleases are watching Americas Got Talent and listing to Black Eyed Peas on occasion.

  • Larry Hehn

    I like a good cigar every now and then. I don’t get the whole Coldplay thing, but I forgive you.

  • DP

    I really like Coldplay… ok, if we really want to go embarrassing… Ke$ha… seriously… I don’t know why, it’s catchy and if I ever hear it (I don’t seek it out because it is embarrassing) I enjoy the moment. I hope we can still be friends.
    Others… a good cocktail, the occasional pipe smoke, some xbox, french fries… heck anything fried. I could go on and on about things I do that I’d probably be better off without, but I do enjoy them.

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