Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Beware of the Boat Launch Elitist
I don't have a pic of his Boat Launch Eliteness in action, so here's a hot one of him in his wet suit ready to wakeboard.
My husband is a pretty humble guy, but whenever he begins backing our boat trailer down that concrete ramp he morphs into The Boat Launch Elitist.
Getting a vessel off a trailer and into the lake is something he has mastered, and all non-masters annoy the crap out of him. If people don't know how to back their trailer up straight (and let me be the first to say, this is not easy), he is frustrated. If people don't immediately move their boat to the end of the dock and allow for more boaters, he tends to mumble. If people do the illegal thingy where they power launch straight from the trailer, he considers giving them the finger (of course he never would, he was an Eagle Scout for goodness sakes!). All in all, few boat launchers can measure up to The Elitist's standards.
In addition to the boat launching venue, I have found Elitists in other fields as well. The worst being photography. Over the past several years I had a portrait photography business. I was trained in photography in college and as a news reporter. However, because SLRs (read: fancy cameras) are now getting more and more affordable, new photographers are popping up left and right. And the old-school folk DO NOT LIKE IT! I've never seen a world where professionals bash and put each other down so much. It is dog-eat-dog and, honestly it is very, very sad. Instead of showing their worth as a photographer by taking amazing pictures, they attempt to show their worth as a photographer by writing lengthy blog posts about their competition, by bashing newbies on forums, and most of all by forgetting they were once new too.
What's the point of all this Elitist talk? Let me tell you. I AM NOT FINDING THIS IN THE WRITING WORLD! It is so refreshing to have a blog community of newbies and oldies (in age and writing time, haha) who are kind and encouraging. I wrote my first novel with no knowledge of the wealth of writerly advice out there online. Can you believe I didn't even have the Internet? But when I came online about two years ago at my publisher's insistence, I found a supportive, wonderful group of friends.
Thank you writerly folk. Thank you for being helpful to us newbies. Thank you for not treating us like you're so much wiser, smarter and better EVEN when we know you are. I hope I can be just as encouraging to those just finding the writing path.
As for you boaters out there, clear the launch, we're coming through.
Are there some areas where you tend to think you know it all and are annoyed by others? Have you found the writing world to be supportive and encouraging of new talent?
Posted by Maggie at 9:54 AM