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Sequel: "We are all experts" What is your unique area of expertise you bring to Fluther?

Asked by Dog (24945points) October 14th, 2015

Because it has been a long time I am renewing a question I wrote back in 2010. We all change over time and become proficient in new areas. Please tell us what you bring to the collective.

Original Question:

“As Dr. J says- we are all experts in something.
Fluther is about a community sharing their knowledge to help others.

What are the more unusual areas of expertise you have?

Are you a history buff? If so what is your favorite era?

What have you studied? Have you studied law, medicine or the arts?

What do you collect? Can you tell us about your collections and why you collect it?

What are your hobbies?

Are you a fan? What are you a fan of? What trivia can you share that we might not know?

Do you have life expertise? Are you a survivor? Have you fought the odds and succeeded?

What is it that you know that you are willing to share with the collective?”


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42 Answers

Mimishu1995's avatar

I haven’t changed: I still write crazy answers.

Judi's avatar

I am an expert in Property Management (California at least.) I’m not an attorney although I understand real estate law pretty well and have been accused by attorneys of being an attorney.
Although not a theologin by any stretch, I’m pretty fluent in the Bible, especially the New Testament. That’s not saying much about expertise though since interpretations are as varried as the readers.

Stinley's avatar

Books and reading, libraries and research, cycling, psychology, child care

ibstubro's avatar

I know a lot about vintage and antique glassware, other antiques, generally.
I’m a budding Civil War and local history buff.
I used to be an above average editor.

thorninmud's avatar

Chocolate is the only field I’d claim actual expertise in. Otherwise, I have the most random imaginable scraps of knowledge about this and that, just stuff that lodged in some crevice of my brain as I’ve filter-fed through life. That’s a long way from expertise, but it comes in handy every great once in awhile.

I’m also a Zen teacher, but the word “expert” is quite incongruous in that context. I know less and less about Zen as I go along.

filmfann's avatar

Fiber optics, telephones, and mad movie skills.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Hmmmmm. I’m an expert on loving animals, movie quotes, and sarcasm.

Cruiser's avatar

I am expert at kite flying and pillow fights. I also have mad skills in the kitchen.

Banjo_Pickin_Appalachian_Wizar's avatar

Cookware, ethnographic art, contemporary art, Appalachian culture, 20th Century military history, banjo, gardening.

Cupcake's avatar

Public health, healthcare, data analysis, trauma, nutrition, self-care, self-transformation, healing from depression and anxiety, parenting, breastfeeding.

I am applying for my PhD in Community/Family/Behavioral Health with a focus on researching violence prevention and the trans-generational effects of trauma.

I am absolutely not an expert in making friends or reaching out to others. But I’m thrilled when others reach out to me.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

Based on the past week,I’d say I’m an expert on how to burn steel cut oats.Yes,that is it.

stanleybmanly's avatar

My personal expertise is about whining and complaining. No one is going to outdo me.

Coloma's avatar

I’m a walking trivia book, know a little bit at least, about many things. My strongest areas would be birds, animals, gardening, horses, relationships, some psychology, and a multitude of useless but amusing facts. haha

_Seek_'s avatar

I’m an autodidact with no real-world qualifications.

I know quite a bit about Medieval history (especially early Medieval Ireland), heraldry, onomastics, various arts and crafts, homeschooling, parenting, some sciences, religion and irreligion, and living poor in America. I am a bibliophile and logophile.

I also suffer from depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem, so I know a bit about those topics.

ZEPHYRA's avatar

@stanleybmanly Don’t be too sure about your second sentence! I AM the expert of doom!

Dog's avatar

Art, pigments, paint, palette, color, light…. all are my passions.

stanleybmanly's avatar

@ZEPHYRA We’ll see. I’m going to start keeping track.

Judi's avatar

@Dog My husband was distant relative of Faber Birren who literally wrote the book on color!

chyna's avatar

I’m not an expert, but have been a dog owner and lover my whole life, so I usually wade in on dog questions. Also, I have recently started making jewelry and have a booth this weekend at my first craft show. It might also be my last if I don’t sell anything.

tinyfaery's avatar

I’m an expert in me, and that’s it. Maybe cats. And gardening in So. Cal. during drought and climate change. I’m learning more and more as time goes on.

Here2_4's avatar

Unsurpassed at thumb twiddling. Amazing feats of snacking. Can flee spiders in one great leap. Daydreamer extraordinaire.

Mostly I see angles. I’m not talking math angles. I don’t mean committing fraud. I can see points and angles in a situation or problem when most are focusing on just one or two.

I know the answer to life, the universe, and everything.

My interests include lighthouses, anthropology, riding horses, and discovering new things. Rather than studying any one thing thoroughly, I Iike to discover what new things, or old things are waiting for me to notice them. Sharks are cool, bats are cute, frogs are super cool, and I never lose my sense of awe over sunsets. Sunrises can be amazing, but often blasé, so I tend to watch them less.
I am a nut for knowing things about other people. I’m not a snoop. I just like hearing what people have to say about themselves. So, I am enjoying all these answers.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Head full of useless facts, know my way around a home kitchen.

Dog's avatar

@Judi I just ordered one of his books (not an expert on psychology of color yet) thanks so much for sharing your distant relative!

longgone's avatar

What are the more unusual aras of expertise you have?

I know quite a bit about the free school movement. I went to a free school for much of my school years, and a relative of mine was involved in the founding of one.

What have you studied? Have you studied law, medicine or the arts?

I was in law school for a while. Learned a lot about the system there…I also learned that law is not my field.

What are your hobbies?

I spend a lot of time training dogs, and I know quite a bit about the learning theories involved.

What trivia can you share that we might not know?

A dog can sniff out half a teaspoon of sugar, dissolved in an Olympic swimming-pool.

Do you have life expertise?

Nothing extraordinary. I’m German, which may be interesting to some. I’ve also lived in South Korea for two years.

What is it that you know that you are willing to share with the collective?

I know I am willing to share information, thoughts, and feelings. Cookies, I’m not so sure about.

DoNotKnow's avatar

I’m not an expert at anything. My specialty is knowing what’s like to be “me”, whatever that may mean.

Graduated with a degree in sociology, although that was out of convenience because I hadn’t really focused on anything in particular (psychology, philosophy, sociology, etc).

Worked for a few years with adults with schizophrenia and kids with developmental disabilities.

I’ve been a software developer for 15 years – mostly in the Microsoft technology stack (C#, .NET, SQL Server), but I’m not very good at it.

I’m a parent who takes the job quite seriously, and practices what may be most commonly described as a combination of attachment parenting and allowing my children to experience a free-range childhood (as opposed to helicopter parenting or overscheduling). I don’t know what to call it, but it makes sense to me. Kids were born at home, co-slept with them, etc.

My wife is a lactation consultant, so I’ve been involved in that whole world for 13 years. My understanding of breastfeeding is probably more than the average guy.

I play guitar, bass, piano, banjo, and drums – but not well. Used to compose sample-based music for years using Acid Pro.

My hobbies consist of walking in the woods, and trying to find ways to connect with the present.

I’m an expert at nothing, ok at many things, and realize that I know less every day.

If anyone has any questions about how to be mediocre, confused, or self-deprecating, I’m sure I could give advice.

DoNotKnow's avatar

…Also, I do have some level of understanding concerning chronic pain and sleep disorders, and how to be live with both.

CWOTUS's avatar

“Expert” does not imply that we have any “unique” talents. I suppose I’m an expert at being persnickety, precise, pedantic and sometimes pedagogical. And alliterative. I’ll just toss that one in there, too. But there’s no uniqueness there.

I’m also a fairly expert sailor, but I know of at least one other sailor on this board who could figuratively blow me away with his knowledge.

I’ve traveled around the world, but I do not consider myself a “world traveler”.

I’ve loved many women, married two (serially, not concurrently) and fathered two children (that I know of and will admit to), but I don’t consider myself unique in that way. (I would defer to my partners on the matter of my level of expertness in the subject, but since they’re not here I will attempt to speak for them: “And how! Wowza!)

I’ve been a parent for over thirty years, and there I can say with no fear of contradiction: I did a great job. I am an expert in that area of life … but that does not make me unique in any way (except to those two kids). And they are, of course, unique and precious to me.

I know a little about a lot of things: home and auto repair; mechanical workings of many different machines; proper use of hand and power tools; construction safety standards and requirements; ASME boiler code issues and quality considerations; TiddlyWiki, and grilling, to name a few. But what’s unique about all of that, I wonder?

Maybe the uniqueness is in “that particular just-so combination” (combined with a certain level of humor and wit – no, really! sometimes, you just had to be there!).

So, yeah, I’m unique … just like everyone else.

Adagio's avatar

I wouldn’t class myself as an expert but circumstances are pushing me hard in the direction of sheer home-care agency incompetency survival. I’m fighting all the way. And I am not happy about it.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

My answer is the same. An unfortunate addition, however, would be dealing with chronic pain. I experienced an illness and a severe rib injury that screwed up my life and I’ve been dealing with it for years now. So coping skills, I guess, is something that I could help others with.

augustlan's avatar

Like Seek, “I’m an autodidact with no real-world qualifications.” Not even a high school diploma.

Just revisited my old answer to make sure I’m not repeating myself.
What I didn’t list last time around: Expertise in managing the best website ever. :)
In the last two years, I’ve gained a lot of experience in professional editing – though I’m no expert.
Hot tip: AP Style does not approve of the Oxford comma. Which makes me sad.

_Seek_'s avatar

Then AP style is wrong.

Blackberry's avatar

Probably the military, but I also despised being enlisted and involved with its values, but I did it for the money. I’m not really an expert, just a guy that put up with it for a long time.

ucme's avatar

Communication via interpretive dance utilising a golf club & a Bolivian nasal flute.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

@ucme I just spit my coffee everywhere.

ucme's avatar

@WillWorkForChocolate Haha, sounds familiar, happy days :)

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Yes, I’ve missed have spit episodes because of you. Just like old times!

jca's avatar

I do decoupage. My work is pretty perfect and I consider myself a decoupage artist.

For a job, I did child protective work. I’d say I’m pretty well versed at government work aka public service.

I presently work for a nationwide organization that advocates for employees. I probably know more about that than the average person but wouldn’t say I’m an expert.

Coloma's avatar

I forgot to mention that I am becoming an expert in treating animals for rattlesnake bites. lol

Here2_4's avatar

Oh you must share that, @Coloma . I never would have thought it a thing, but now I am so curious.

Coloma's avatar

@Here2_4 Well, my cat got bit a couple summers ago and now one of the dogs I am sitting here at this ranch. First thing is immediate and huge swelling at the bite site, sometimes blood from the anti-coagulant factor in the venom but not always. Sometimes vomiting. The rattle snake vaccine widens the 4 hour window for treatment but is not a major preventive, just makes things a little better.

Cats do not tolerate the anti-venom as well as dogs so it is usually not used, just pain relief and antibiotics if organ function checks out.
Lethargy, loss of appetite and severe pain ensues and it takes about a week for the massive swelling to subside at the bite site. Sometimes the tissues die around the bite site and become necrotic and infected so keeping an eye out for that possible complication too. Enter the antibiotics.

Icing the swollen bite site helps to.
Cats usually get bitten on the paw from swatting and dogs on the face from sniffing. This dog got it on the hind paw, probably from stepping on it while he was out romping with me the other night during feeding time for the horses.
Bites to the limbs are usually not as serious as a bite to the neck or body that is closer to vital organs like the heart.

The snakes are cranky right now as the weather cools and it is also birthing season in Oct. lots of little live birth vipers slithering around, so, double whammy, big cranky mama & papa snakes and lots of little snakes too.
It is also partially a myth that baby snakes are more dangerous. Adults will conserve their venom for prey even if they are forced into a defensive strike, they will not unload the full volume.
The smaller size of baby snakes have a much lower volume of venom, much less than a fully loaded adult, but will often release all of it due to lack of muscular control.
Rattlesnake info. for beginners. haha

Here2_4's avatar

Wow. The thing about common bite locations certainly makes sense, but I would not have thought it right off. Cool info. Thanks @Coloma !

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