In My Opinion

Posted on February 19, 2013 10:07 am under General
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I don’t mind giving my opinion, but I’m continually amazed by the number of people who seek it, especially when it’s on a subject I know little or nothing about. People used to stop me in the grocery store and ask my opinion about products. My first impulse was to check my outfit and see if it resembled the ones worn by store employees. Nope. Maybe I just look approachable. Even after I explained to one lady that I hated cottage cheese, she still wanted to know which brand I thought was the best. It was even worse in the first-aid section, where my opinion was sought on everything from bad breath to hemorrhoids.

As I advanced in my computer career, the questions got more technical. An acquaintance approached me at a party and wanted me to tell him the best accounting software for his business. It didn’t matter that I knew nothing about the size of his business, his current accounting systems or what he could afford. I was a computer person and should be able to recommend software on a moment’s notice. Would he approach physicians or lawyers attending the event and ask for medical or legal advice? Well, yes, he probably would. My neurologist once told me about a friend, who kept asking for advice on an orthopedic problem and a pharmacist I worked with, was routinely asked to diagnose conditions at social events.

One of the biggest perks of aging is a huge reduction in these requests. They haven’t completely stopped, however. A few days ago, a new request appeared in my email. A former coworker, who I haven’t heard from in years, wants me to check out the print shop software from “Is this something you would buy?”, she asks. Of course not, I think, I don’t need print software. I just ignored her note, but this morning, she’s resent the request. I think I’ll write a reply that mimics Jabberwocky. “`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe.” Let her interpret that any way she wants. Maybe she’ll think that dementia has set in and leave me alone. In my opinion, that would be wonderful.

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