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    Expertise

    In what would you consider yourself an "expert"? Obviously, we are all Reds and baseball experts. We all know everything there is to know about baseball, so don't claim that. It can be anything, whether it is useful or not (just look at my list).
    Here is my list:
    -Latin (Spoken word or Written word)
    -Coffee
    -RPG/Zelda games
    -The NBA
    -Cheap Restaurants
    -Channel Surfing
    -Befriending foreigners (my friends list includes people from every continent in large quantities)
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    Using the remote for my TV. But I guess all of us guys are experts at that.
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    Homo Universalis

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    Quote Originally Posted by improbus View Post
    -Latin (Spoken word or Written word)
    Is there much opportunity to speak Latin? Cool.

    Pizza- I can make a better pizza than 90% of the retail pizza places. Including the "gourmet" joints.

    Tree and plant identification. I can drive by a tree or a roadside plant at 60 miles an hour and identify it by it's Latin name without slowing down.

    Fixing broken toys with household items (like hangers, paper clips, chunks of broken plastic that I mill into the correct shape). Comes with the territory when you have little disposable income.

    Navigating without a map. I have an uncanny ability to find my way while driving. Put me in the middle of a mall, however, and I can't find my own backside without my wife pointing it out to me.
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    --I do consider myself a sports encycolpedia. My claim to fame is being able to name the champions from all the major sports, every year, starting in the early 70's. I guess the NFL/Super Bowls would be my super-super specialty. I was an only child, and was sometime raised by NFL Films

    --Well, it's my job, so I'd say I am pretty much an expert on sprinkler systems and landscape lighting.

    --I'm also really good at pop culture trivia-- especially anything have to do with 80's TV shows.

    That's all I got.

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    Westlaw (begrudgingly)
    How do we know he's not Mel Torme?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SunDeck View Post
    Is there much opportunity to speak Latin? Cool.
    No, you end up talking to yourself...

    I do know most of the fluent Latin speakers in the country. Its a fairly exclusive and incredibly geeky club. And, the head of Latin speaking in the US can be found where? In good ol' Kentucky! UK's program is tops and the only one that conducts classes entirely in Latin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by improbus View Post
    No, you end up talking to yourself...

    I do know most of the fluent Latin speakers in the country. Its a fairly exclusive and incredibly geeky club. And, the head of Latin speaking in the US can be found where? In good ol' Kentucky! UK's program is tops and the only one that conducts classes entirely in Latin.
    Are you in the Classical Humanities? My brother is a Classics grad student at UCLA and knows both Greek and Latin...

    I'm not sure I consider myself expert in anything save perhaps procrastination and google searching...
    Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedsManRick View Post
    Are you in the Classical Humanities? My brother is a Classics grad student at UCLA and knows both Greek and Latin...

    I'm not sure I consider myself expert in anything save perhaps procrastination and google searching...
    I was a Classics major and got my Masters in it at UK. I studied both Latin and Greek, but my Greek is pretty rusty...
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    Dilettantism.
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    Sports video games, baseball, and I also think I'm pretty damn good at my job.
    "My mission is to be the ray of hope, the guy who stands out there on that beautiful field and owns up to his mistakes and lets people know it's never completely hopeless, no matter how bad it seems at the time. I have a platform and a message, and now I go to bed at night, sober and happy, praying I can be a good messenger." -Josh Hamilton

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jpup View Post
    Sports video games, baseball, and I also think I'm pretty damn good at my job.
    I would consider myself an expert at three sports games:
    1) Tecmo Super Bowl for the NES (All I have to say is PRO T FLARE D)
    2) Coach K Basketball for the Sega Genesis (94-95 season) - Greatest video basketball game ever.
    3) NHL 96 on the Genesis
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    Quote Originally Posted by improbus View Post
    No, you end up talking to yourself...

    I do know most of the fluent Latin speakers in the country. Its a fairly exclusive and incredibly geeky club. And, the head of Latin speaking in the US can be found where? In good ol' Kentucky! UK's program is tops and the only one that conducts classes entirely in Latin.
    3 years in the study of Latin gave me a great insight into the various languages that are based off it and a greater grasp of the knowledge and meaning of various words and phrases. Or.. 'A verbis, notio'

    My sister and I were just talking about this the other day... we both had taken latin and would converse with each other. After I moved away we both kinda lost the desire or now the ability!
    In those things which we commit to practice we can master, and with mastery we have the freedom to use these skills whenever we desire, without this practice we are slaves to our inability.


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