The New York Times Meh List - a Weekly Bit of Amusement
One of my favorite activities each week is reading the Sunday edition of the New York Times. Though I’ve lived in Southern California for 36 years, I still have quite a bit of New York in me. I never read the Times when I lived there – I was only fourteen when we moved away. But my mother did the crossword puzzle every Sunday, and I have followed her lead. Doing the Sunday puzzle can sometimes be so frustrating it make me want to scream, but I keep at it, and every so often I actually finish one.
One of the things I really enjoy in the magazine section is The Meh List, which was, until recently, compiled each week by Greg Veis. This list is a little square of wry observation that I look forward to each Sunday. In case you don’t know, the word “meh” means boring, mediocre, just not interesting – over. Some say it is only used on the east coast, but I think, in context, nearly anyone would understand. Sadly, on July 8 Greg Veis’ final Meh List was published. I will miss his wit, but I am sure his replacement Samantha Henig will be just as clever.
Here is what was on Mr. Veis’ last meh list:
1. Mugs with slogans
2. Vodka cran
3. “Having it all”
4. Starting tweets with “You guys!”
5. Office going-away parties
6. Greg Veis
(source: New York Times, Sunday, July 8, 2012)
Do you see what I mean? And most amusing of all is that the author included himself on the final list.
This got me thinking about what I would include on my personal meh list. There’s so much to choose from…but I will share with you some of my top picks for currently meh things.
There, that felt really good. You know, I could do this every week. If the New York Times ever needs a new person to compile The Meh List, they should most definitely call me. Especially because I would never include their Sunday crosswords on any meh list I wrote. Even when I can’t finish it.
Sharon Greenthal emptyhousefullmind.com
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