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I agree with that. Life it too short to waste on fiction that you don't like.

I made it halfway through The Two Towers before getting too bored with LOTR to continue.

Reading the classics is helpful because it provides a common narrative language for a society. But that's about it. Read what you like.
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I vaguely recall Mark Frauenfelder writing that when his daughter tells him that she's bored, he responds that fixing that problem is her responsibility. I've been taking the same approach at times with my four-year old. Her solutions are often clever.
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It's the tomato and vinegar, which have no place in barbecue.

And those heathens actually serve coleslaw with their barbecue. Coleslaw! How it could occur to anyone to do that is beyond me. It doesn't actually improve the flavor of their barbecue pork, but then, what could?
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We are indeed serious. My father-in-law makes the finest barbecue.

Occasionally Alex will confuse grilling and barbecuing at Neatorama, which are two discrete practices. But he is not from Texas and cannot be expected to know any better. So I just smile and pat him on the head when mixes the concepts.

Barbecuing is done in a brick-lined pit.
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but TEXAS?!? It's not the opposite, but it's not in the Top 20 of "Places I'd Actually ENJOY Living", and short of the Top 10 in "American States I'd Actually ENJOY Living

I can read your words, but I'm having trouble making sense of what you've written.
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The premise is flawed. Value is determined by financial compensation supplied in a free market. People in these professions are paid what they are paid because that's what they can persuade employers is the value of their services.

Baseball, football and basketball players aren't overpaid. The work in an extremely competitive field organized around companies that value the financial return of their services so highly that they're willing to fork over sums of money sufficiently high to secure those services. If a team could replace a $5 million player with a $100,000 player, it would. It doesn't because another team is willing to pay that player $5 million for his services.

Occasionally I hear librarians say that our profession is underpaid considering the skills that we have to offer. I respond, "Then go into the private sector and offer your skills to the highest bidder. See what kind of price you can command." They don't.
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