|Stanley, Virginia, 2007|
Inevitably, one of Mr. Big Food’s colleagues will ask, “Sounds lovely, but about what do you talk with the people?”
I find this funny and sad.
It’s funny because I know their type and I can just see how red their necks would get after an hour in the Mississippi sun. No. No I can’t because I can’t see them spending an hour in the sunshine without being covered in SPF127, hat and umbrella. It’s sad– for them– that I can’t. More generally, it’s sad because they know so little about life, and by asking the question, they admit that they couldn’t carry on a conversation with Nancy at the US Post Office– who invited us to the deer meat supper– or DC at the Piglet– who calls us “kids” even though he knows we’re his age.
I take carrying on a conversation to be one among life’s greatest pleasures and challenges.
I was reminded of Mr. Big Food’s experiences with that question when I took the “bubble-thickness” quiz this morning. I’ll document how I found the quiz– I scored 60, more on this below– because I think it’s relevant to the bubble.
Instapundit.com to Cafe Mom’s “The Stir” which has a link to the the quiz from this book. I saw it mentioned at one site that proudly proclaimed a score of 37. Again, mine was 60– and I’m o.k. with that. I didn’t get full credit for knowing Jimmie Johnson was a NASCAR driver, but I did get partial credit for knowing that Jimmy Johnson once coached the Dallas Cowboys.
Interpreting Your Score
Here are the scores that you could expect to get if you ﬁt the following descriptions.
A lifelong resident of a working-class neighborhood with average television and movie going habits.
Range: 48–99. Typical: 77.
A ﬁrst- generation middle-class person with working-class parents and average television and movie going habits.
Range: 42–100. Typical: 66.
A ﬁrst- generation upper-middle- class person with middle-class parents.
Range: 11–80. Typical: 33.
A second- generation (or more) upper-middle-class person who has made a point of getting out a lot.
Range: 0–43. Typical: 9.
A second- generation (or more) upper-middle-class person with the television and movie going habits of the upper middle class.
Range: 0–20.Typical: 2.The scoring of the archetypes reﬂects a few r
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