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  • There are occasions where I am the smart one in a group. When people turn to me for the answer and the know.

    While novel, these times are also unsettling for me. The norm in my life is to be surrounded by my intellectual betters, to be the drooling simian of a group because I can not explain the difference between Decscartes and Foucault. To struggle to remember whether phospholipids have hydrophilic heads and hydrophobic tails, or the reverse. To be the last to figure out the correct amount for each person to pay for their share of a bill and tip. To not know who was president after Garfield.

    I am not totally in the unknown, standing alone in an empty field of what should be a crop of knowledge. I do have a small grove of information, of category trees with facts ready for the plucking.

    It is just that mine is a mind as a small backyard farmer, while my peers have commercial orchards of bounty at their disposal. I struggle to procure a sour little crab apple to snack on while they feast on multitudes of rich apple pies washed down with pure sharp cider.

    As such I tend to automatically assume they are correct in what they say and accept it as truth.

    Except for when the accountants I know spout off economic talk like tranching and asset class fiduciary that is, because that stuff is too idiotic to be real.
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