Ayn Rand taught me that it is good to be a snob about things. Not necessarily in the "nose in the air" sense, but in the sense that you love something, and pursue the best in it. And you are upset when you see other people treat the thing without the respect it deserves. Howard Roark used to keep all his favorite sculptures in a private room rather than displaying them; he was afraid that people would simply look at them and not esteem them properly, and such disrespect would be an injustice to the worth of the sculpture. So he enjoyed them alone. He was a bit extreme. But nevertheless, I like being a snob about certain things. And it is a bit painful to watch other people esteem lightly things which should be accorded more respect.
Here are some things I am a current, or past, snob about...
1. I am a Bible translation snob. I won't go into what I think about different translations here. But I have opinions. Oh, do I have opinions.
2. I am a commentary snob too. Rare is the commentary that meets with my full approval.
3. I enjoy coffee, but I am not a coffee snob. I do not grow, roast, or even grind my own beans. Any ole bag off the shelf is ok with me. If there is something about this hot drink worth snobbing over, it is the choice of flavored creamer one uses.
4. I used to be a backpacking/biking/outdoor gear snob. This snobbism has faded since moving to SC.
5. I'm a hymn snob. You want to sing a Gaither? Help yourself to the church across the street.
6. I'm a bit of a grammar snob. Although some people are much more snobbish about this than I am. (I could have ended that sentence with "me" rather than "I am" and not lost much sleep)
7. Aubrey has just mentioned that she is a cheese snob. And this is true. She loves her havarti dill, fresh grated parmesan, and fresh mozzerella. And she has opinions about which soft cheese goes with what; one should not mix one's blue's with one's gorgonzola's. Although she is not above enjoying a common string cheese, if the mood is right.
8. I am not a chocolate snob. I welcome all chocolates to come as they are.
9. I am a wattage snob. Do any other couples have debates over what wattage bulb is appropriate for the living room lamp?
What are you a snob about?