OT: Banjo playing tech writer vs. professionalism :)

Subject: OT: Banjo playing tech writer vs. professionalism :)
From: John Hedtke <john -at- hedtke -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2007 11:35:37 -0800

Well, judging by the number of comments I've gotten offlist, I have
seriously damaged my reputation by admitting I was a banjo
player. Even more than being on the STC Board. :)

Oddly enough, this very subject came up last week when we were in
Tacoma visiting the Babe's family and lots of our friends. We dined
with one couple, Bruce and Stacy. Stacy had dropped her 3-yo son off
with her mother for the evening and her mother said "Who are you
going to dinner with?" Stacy explained that they were going to dinner
with her old drama partner and her husband. "What's her husband do?"
Stacy's mother asked.

After thinking a second, Stacy said "He's a banjo-playing technical writer."

Her mother snorted and said "Where'd she meet him? On the Internet?"

Stacy said "Yes..."

Later that evening, the Babe googled "banjo player technical writer,"
thinking that there would probably be just me. She was horrified to
discover this produced 159,000 hits using those criteria. The Babe
explained that she'd always felt that one banjo-playing technical
writer was a sufficient quantity.

Yes, being a banjo player brings shame and disgrace upon an otherwise
blameless family, but there's not a lot you can do. Or, as we say
here, "The first thing every banjo player knows is that Jed's a millionaire."

Yours truly,

John Hedtke


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