I'm beginning to think I'm turning into a mild steampunk. Or that I have closet steampunk tendencies that I haven't fully acknowledged before.
I've always liked old things and had the mindset that a well-made widget constructed of wood and metal is worth more than a new piece of plastic crap. I appreciate craftsmanship and hand-made uniqueness instead of mass-produced and new. I like older houses and neighborhoods and look back nostalgically at those "simpler times" when neighborhoods were developed in an organic manner by individuals instead of mass-produced by developers.
The recent acquisition of an old typewriter (a Smith Corona Model 8 from about 1920) and Burroughs Adding Machine (Class 3, from about 1925) have led me to research older machines from before office equipment was electrified.
And then of course there are all my dreams of adding on to the house (circa 1900) in a historically appropriate manner...
So I've been immersing myself in the "old timey" stuff for a variety of reasons and finding that I like it. Sure - there are somethings I don't miss from the days of 100 years ago but there are some neat things that I can appreciate. I'm not saying that I'm going to go out and get me a pair of brass goggles and a top-hat - I'm just saying that I see why many people think that Victorian stuff is cool.