Re: levity

Fiona Moore (al772@FREENET.CARLETON.CA)
Thu, 3 Nov 1994 18:27:55 -0500

>Anthropology." By far, the most common response I got was, "When did you
>start studying bugs?" This happened so many times, that I was beginning
>to think that rural Iowans had some sort of fixation on bugs. Hey,
>there's a new avenue of study for a budding (or bugging) anthropologist.

Over the past couple of years or so I have had similar sorts of
experiences with the uninitiate, my favourite being the young woman at my
relaxation therapist's who, when I told her what I did, got this fantastic
grin on her face and said, "Oh, _cool_! So, you study dinosaur bones and
prehistoric lifeforms and stuff?" More common, although equally amusing,
are those who say, very knowledgeably, "Yeah, sociocultural anthropology.
So, been on any exciting digs lately?"
This would be understandable in rural Iowa. In downtown Toronto
it's slightly more perplexing :-).

Fiona Moore

"How thick's that wall?"
"Less than you, Griffiths."
-Attack of the Cybermen, 1985