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SoCS – Expert Curiosity

Day 206

Another chance to write a post stream of consciousness style based on a prompt provided by the very busy and wonderfully generous Linda Hill.

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “xp.” Use it as a word, or find a word with “xp”in it. As always, use any way you’d like. Enjoy!

I am not sure how Webster defines an expert, but I am sure it must reference someone who has a particular expertise in or mastery of some skill or specific knowledge. I am sitting here pondering whether or not I would ever refer to myself as an expert in anything. I have a lot of different skills and consider myself accomplished in some of them, but I fear I fall short of being classified as an expert in any of them

I am always amazed when attorneys consult expert witnesses and bring them in to testify on their client’s behalf. Of course, the opposing attorney will also have an expert witness who has a different opinion and point of view. So, I guess every field could in theory have a number of experts that believe differently.

I remember being on jury duty on 9/11. We were on the top floor of the federal courthouse building which happened to be the tallest building in town at the time. We paced the top floor of the building thinking we would be excused from jury duty because every tall building was considered a potential target at the time.

Of course, that did not happen. The trial was postponed however because all the planes were grounded and the attorneys could not get their expert witnesses into town.

Mom always had her own definition for an expert. She always said, “X is an unknown factor and a spurt is a drip of water under pressure, so therefore an expert is an unknown drip under pressure.”

Now following that definition, I might well be an expert in many things.

Want to play along with us on SoCS? Amble on over to Linda G. Hill’s blog for all the rules and to read everyone’s contribution.

21 thoughts on “SoCS – Expert Curiosity”

  1. I like your mom’s definition. There seem to be so many “experts” in the news these days. It’s hard to know whom to believe.

    I once served as an expert witness (computer lawsuit) and the opponents expert was crazy. We had to work do hard to explain how crazy he was. I was a consultant at the time, so the firm was making good money on all of that.

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    1. Dan, you are so right. It must have been quite an ordeal facing another expert with such an opposing view. Did the attorneys on both side have to establish you both as credible expert witnesses? And yes, I think mom was right on this one.

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      1. Actually, the attorney I was working with had to work harder. The other “expert” was a Professor at LSU. I had education and about 8 years experience, but, as they said, not directly with this model computer. That guys PHd carried a lot of weight, even though it was in Sociology. This issues were not specific to any computer – things like backups and processing updates, but it was an uphill climb.

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  2. I like the way you streamed your thoughts about xp today – such a fun take on the prompt. I qualify as an expert too, now that you explain it that way. Wow – I would’ve been so scared to be that close to 911 area! Thank you for stopping by to say, “hi” on my blog, hope you enjoyed your travels today! Happy Saturday, Maggie, it is so nice to meet you!

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  3. Your mom’s definition is fantastic. I’ve never once been considered an expert, witness or otherwise. Not sure what to make of that but I guess it means I’m not a drip. 😆

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