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Date: 05 Mar 2007 16:30:30
From: Robert Harmon
Subject: experts (wine, women, & dogs) at anything
I've stopped dividing people into categories (almost) because that smacks of
bigotry. I certainly refuse to be pigeon holed myself when others push
labels at me - gourmand, epicurean, 'foodie', expert anything (wine, women,
or dogs) - because those labels are elitist by definition. I prefer to be
known as someone who is fascinated to the point where I want to master a
task or craft but not to the point of obsessing about it.

I once had an academic advisor who gave me what I consider good advice, "The
people you *should* listen to are by definition too busy to offer
unsolicited advice. The *experts* who seek you out to offer unasked for
advice should be held at arms length." His definition of an expert has
always stuck with me; "an 'ex' is a has been & 'spurt' is a drip under
pressure."

So who cares what rating someone gave Mickey D's coffee? Do you like it? If
so, it's a great cup of coffee. Do you like red wine with your baked
flounder? If so, that's a perfect pairing. My point is that life is
something to be experienced first hand, not something to be enjoyed
vicariously. Get out there, drink bad coffee & vinegary wine, eat rancid
foie gras, and wolf down beignets the consistency of hockey pucks. Someone
telling you what these *should* taste like is absolutely pointless until you
have a frame of reference to judge whether someone is giving you good advice
or not.
--
Robert (A great admirer of Mae West, "When I'm good I'm good & when I'm bad
I'm even better!) Harmon
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Date: 06 Mar 2007 05:56:34
From: Omniryx@gmail.com
Subject: Re: experts (wine, women, & dogs) at anything
Beat me to it!

On 5, 7:56 pm, sprsso <acrit...@cfl.rr.com > wrote:
> On Mon, 05 2007 16:30:30 GMT, "Robert Harmon"
>
> <r_h_har...@Zhotmail.com> wrote:
>
> when others push>labels at me - gourmand, epicurean, 'foodie', expert
>
> The *experts* who seek you out to offer unasked for>advice should be held at arms length."
>
> Anyone else find this ironic?....al




 
Date: 05 Mar 2007 17:01:14
From: daveb
Subject: Re: experts (wine, women, & dogs) at anything
On 5, 7:56 pm, sprsso <acrit...@cfl.rr.com > wrote:
> On Mon, 05 2007 16:30:30 GMT, "Robert Harmon"
>
> <r_h_har...@Zhotmail.com> wrote:
>
> when others push>labels at me - gourmand, epicurean, 'foodie', expert
>
> The *experts* who seek you out to offer unasked for>advice should be held at arms length."
>
> Anyone else find this ironic?....al

What irony, Al?

LMAO!

dave




 
Date: 05 Mar 2007 19:56:26
From: sprsso
Subject: Re: experts (wine, women, & dogs) at anything
On Mon, 05 2007 16:30:30 GMT, "Robert Harmon"
<r_h_harmon@Zhotmail.com > wrote:

when others push
>labels at me - gourmand, epicurean, 'foodie', expert
>
The *experts* who seek you out to offer unasked for
>advice should be held at arms length."
>
Anyone else find this ironic?....al



 
Date: 05 Mar 2007 16:13:26
From: cpaullie
Subject: Re: experts (wine, women, & dogs) at anything
On 5, 4:59 pm, "daveb" <davebobbl...@gmail.com > wrote:
> > --
> > Robert (A great admirer of Mae West, "When I'm good I'm good & when I'm bad
> > I'm even better!)
>
> harmon! the actual quote is:
>
> "When I'm good, I'm very good. But when I'm bad, I'm better."
>
> dave

Another favorite from Ms. West (a truly great American, right up
there with W.C. Fields) - and oh-so-fitting for this forum - "Too much
of a good thing is wonderful"



 
Date: 05 Mar 2007 15:59:21
From: daveb
Subject: Re: experts (wine, women, & dogs) at anything

> --
> Robert (A great admirer of Mae West, "When I'm good I'm good & when I'm bad
> I'm even better!)

harmon! the actual quote is:

"When I'm good, I'm very good. But when I'm bad, I'm better."

dave