Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Wondering about experts.
Experts are everywhere. They are dedicated people that have spent their whole lives studying one subject. This subject could be the study of just one species, or just one elusive reaction in chemistry or physics, or a search for answers in almost any subject. Without these dedicated experts, we could still be in the dark ages. Of course there are other kinds of experts; the kind that just think that they are “experts” and some others who pretend to be to get attention. I am far from being an expert in any field and the older I get the further I get from being an expert at anything except maybe being a curmudgeon. If I practice enough, maybe I can get that right, but just don’t tell me how to do it, dang it!! OK, back on the subject. One day someone called me an expert at something [which I was, by the way (grin)]. I told them that is not a compliment. They asked, “Why wasn’t it?” So I had to tell them. First, you have to break the work down into two sections. The first section is “EX” and that means “past”. The next section sounds like “SPURT”, and that is “a drip under pressure”. I didn’t want to be “a past drip under pressure”. I have also heard that it could be a guy with a suitcase a long way from home. Either way, these definitions are not all that charming. But who cares, I know I am an expert at almost everything (grin) and that is what counts. Now you all go out and practice being experts for the rest of the week and of course have a good day today, you hear? BTW, I am heading for eight hundred, because today is my seven hundred and first blog posting.