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Posted on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Dave!"YOU'VE NEVER TRIED IT! WHAT WOULD YOU KNOW?"

Most of the time, this is a correct statement. No, I haven't eaten pig knuckles. I don't plan to ever eat pig knuckles, ever. So, yes, I know nothing about them (except that I don't ever want to eat them).

But pig knuckles are not really the kind of thing I'm talking about here. No, it's always over something I've expressed a favorable opinion on. Usually something Apple-related.

If I say that I love my iPod... "YOU'VE NEVER TRIED A ZUNE! WHAT WOULD YOU KNOW? iPODS SUCK! ZUNE RULES!!"

If I say that I love my Mac .... "YOU'VE NEVER TRIED DEBIAN LINUX! WHAT WOULD YOU KNOW? MACS SUCK! DEBIAN RULES!!"

If I say that I love my iPhone... "YOU'VE NEVER TRIED ANDROID! WHAT WOULD YOU KNOW? iPHONES SUCK! ANDROID RULES!!"

But sometimes the assumption is wrong. In the above cases, they're all wrong. I was given a Zune as a promotional item (which I hated and donated to a charity auction). I have not only used Debian, but Ubuntu, Red Hat, SCO, and several other UNIX flavors. And, as an interface designer, I've owned one Android phone and have goofed around with several others.

So whatever. People can make all the unwarranted suppositions they want. That's not my problem.

My problem is that I just don't understand why absolutely everything has to be a competition now-a-days. We're not allowed to like something unless we've tried every conceivable alternative? We can't like two things at the same time? We can't like something because it's not popular? We can't like something because it's too popular?

Maybe it's decades of bombardment by advertisers that have conditioned us to be this way. Or maybe it's just social evolution since we can't challenge each other to duels anymore. Whatever the case, it kind of sucks.

Because I like to love things.

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  1. Robin says:

    I believe if any of these items have been give the “Dave Seal of Approval”, then no one should question it. :-)

  2. Mary says:

    Sounds like the conversations I used to have with my younger sister. No matter what it was I brought up in a conversation, she had to top me. I finally gave up and just quit speaking with her altogether. I just want to have a conversation, not a contest!

  3. verninino says:

    If you only like loving things then don’t the terroridiots win?

    Dare to be bold: love loving things polygamously. Well, except maybe wives, since you’re an American.

  4. bo says:

    I’d imagine that the competitiveness is an extrapolation of our media and politicians polarizing everything. Just a guess though.

    And I’ll point out for myself that I haven’t tried out all the other guesses yet.

  5. LeSombre says:

    This is a post about sex, isn’t it? ;-)

  6. Mary Sue says:

    Pickled pig knuckles are gross.

    Roasted pig knuckles are AWESOME.

    That’s all I have to say about that.

  7. All those quotes up there were Faiqa’s, weren’t they? ;)

  8. I loved my iPhone, but hated the steaming pile of shit that was AT&T. Still, America is a land of one uppmanship, so I think it goes with the territory! (still, it’s a pain in the ass.)

  9. Poppy says:

    Why does anyone give a SHIT what you like? Are they getting a blowjob or commission for trying to convert you to their way of thinking?

    PS — my Droid autocorrect shit to SHIT. Hilarious.

  10. sybillaw says:

    You think your life sucks? Geez! Come to my world!
    Haha
    Seriously. People are such idiots. :)

  11. Invader_Stu says:

    I was given a zune as a Christmas gift from work. I think I ended up using it as a door jam some where.

  12. I have to say, if you give it your seal of approval, I pretty much like it. But then that’s why I hang out here.

    But why one has to be better than another (all the time), I have no idea.

    Even after asking my opinion (iPad, iPhone, Mac or Win) people want to disagree. Then why did they ask?!? (Oh wait, those were all Apple related things too).

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