It occurred to me recently (not for the first time) that most people are obsessive about something or other. You could call it 'interests' but basically its only interests if luke-warm about it or if you are just starting out and it hasn't taken hold fully yet but 'interests' can soon lead into obsessions as a logical follow through. Facebook, from what I've seen, is simply a cascading jigsaw puzzle of peoples own unique interests/obsessions flowing past on the screen every day. I can't claim to be any different as I've always been obsessive as well, since early childhood. My photography obsession is what gets me out and motivates me at the moment rather than climbing mountains or collecting trig points on summits as a single goal/hobby. When I do climb hills these days it is solely for the views and photography aspect rather than any concrete pillar tap at the summit that drives me forwards and gives me mental energy... but whatever the motivation for each person it simply provides a good reason to get out of bed in the morning and outdoors during any free time period.
I found this something of an eyeopener as I never realized the Scottish soft fruit industry was quite so widespread and productive up the fertile and drier east coast or so intensively developed... or that the growing season had been extended to last most of the year with only a three month barren period in production in some areas. I assumed it was still mainly a summer occupation although I have seen east coast fields covered in large plastic hoops on my travels before- right into the winter time. I assumed that was for poly tunnel turkeys- another innovative idea to rear them largely away from the harsh Scottish climate- although they are also free to roam outside in good weather, beyond the plastic coverings. Fascinating programme.
Talking of obsessions now and again a film comes along, without much fanfare, that is a complete joy to watch. I really liked this one. Nightcrawler. A dark take on the American Dream of hard work breeds success. A down on his luck Jake Gyllenhaal gives a mesmerizing bug eyed performance as the desperate but driven freelance news reporter covering crimes and road traffic accidents at night with Rene Russo as the equally driven and ruthless TV viewing figures, career dependent, boss. A film that shines a pallid light on our modern society in general where nightly death and destruction and round the clock breaking news coverage just means excitement/titillation/bigger pay checks for some and how far certain individuals will go within themselves to be successful/ famous/powerful/ rich. An age old question and moral dilemma, but increasingly relevant today. Brutal and dark in places but zips along like a thunderbolt with no slow moments at all. Compelling adrenaline rush cinema. Obviously, if I recommend any films I've liked on here I avoid trailers revealing the entire film and plot.