Thursday, December 04, 2008

Trivia or not?


There's this book that says you are truly your best when you focus on your strengths (and not focus on trying to eradicate your weaknesses), and it offers a super-extensive on-line questionnaire to help determine which of the 35-plus personality traits are your strengths and goes into something like 250 sub-categories of the strengths. So, you take this quiz, and at the end it spits out your strengths, and you are supposed to be thrilled. I wasn't.

One of the things it said I excel at is collecting things. What!?!?! Me, collect things? I think collectibles are the biggest waste of money, and collectibles usually look really stupid, so where the heck do you put all the crap while it is supposedly accumulating value? I would never collect things! Ever!

But then when I started reading about this particular trait it said that some people don't collect things, they collect knowledge or books or quotes. Hm, I said. Perhaps this is me after all. Check, check, check, I do all three.

So, I've had to get real with myself. I never considered myself a trivia buff. Trivia bores me, I would always say. And yet I find myself constantly throwing out "interesting tidbits of information" to my family and friends. This information never entered the realm of trivia in my opinion, as I preferred to consider it practical knowledge. Or perhaps general knowledge....or even miscellaneous knowledge. And the more I thought about that, the more I realized that the only thing that distinguishes trivia from the rest of the knowledge pool is whether you personally consider it worthwhile or not. Because I consider it interesting and worthwhile to know does not entail that you find it so, and if in fact you do not, you could accurately call it trivia; it is in fact trivia to you.

And that's when it hit me. I really am a nerd. As a matter of fact, I just hit the spell check and it said, "no misspellings found." And that's my strength?!!?

I can ace any trivia quiz you bring on
I'm fluent in JavaScript as well as Klingon

8 comments:

shortensweet said...

I keep saying that you are a nerd...why don't you believe it? You don't need to take a test..just listen to me.

bunnyjo georg said...

I know...it was fun to deny while it lasted; alas, now I must face my destiny as a future Segway owner. It'll be fun, though...those things can go real fast. Zoom-zoom!

Big Plain V said...

I hope nobody sees you get freaky with your bubble wrap.

VeeFlower said...

I think you're bright and purty.

After The Blackbird Sings said...

White and nerdy, eh? Well then, head over to www.stuffwhitepeopleenjoy.com and check out all the stuff you have to look forward to... Pea coats, Girls with bangs, Black music that black people don't listen to anymore.

And wow, that must have been a comprehensive test you took.

bunnyjo georg said...

BPV: How did you know? Oh, the song. Don't tell my hubby.

Vee: Mmm-hm! The truth? I'm tired of being fat and I hate my short hair.

Blackbird: Check, check, check. I'm a white girl with bangs, I own a peacoat (and want to get more) and guess what song I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE on my i-pod? "Jump Around" by House of Pain. Sigh. I'm so white I glow. But at least I know what my strengths are!!!!! Wanna know how to spell sumpin?

VeeFlower said...

Can't wait to see what you'll blog next. How about some family stuff for those of us who are politically challenged?

VeeFlower said...

Can't wait to see what you'll blog next. How about some family stuff for those of us who are politically challenged?