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Conclusions From Books On Trains

I just got asked what I did as I got off the train this morning, because last week I was reading a book on distillation and this week I'm reading one on Champagne.

I'm now puzzled as to how that brings you to the (admittedly correct) conclusion the books were to do with what I do, rather than just being 2 (albeit connected) books on a subject that interests me?

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mair_aw
15th Feb, 2007 11:07 (UTC)
I don't think it's a conclusion you need to be very certain of to ask the question.

- "I noticed you were reading about [foo]. What do you do?"
- "oh, I actually [...]. I just read about [foo] because of $hobby_interest"
- "oh, really? what a fascinating $hobby_interest. Tell me more..."

skitster
15th Feb, 2007 11:11 (UTC)
Grumpy answer: because stupid people often can't imagine someone reading something non-fictional for fun.

I remember getting accosted quite a few times while reading Karen Armstrong's "History of God" by people asking why I was reading it.

doseybat
15th Feb, 2007 15:24 (UTC)
Maybe they were more serious heavy duty looking books than what one would be reading for hobby?
coldclimate
15th Feb, 2007 23:49 (UTC)
A) tell them you're a dentist, watch them wonder.
B) Book about distilation any good? Looking for a good guide to amateur experiments.
hmmm_tea
16th Feb, 2007 08:59 (UTC)
It was actually our spirits textbook "distilling knowledge" rather than a book solely on distilling.

Trying to find some good books on beverage alcohol distillation at the moment (vast proportion of books seem to be devoted to industrial alcohol).

The Alcohol Textbook (Nottingham University Press eds Jacques, KA; Lyons, TP; Kelsall, DR) is quite good, but still includes quite a bit about industrial alcohol production as well as specific beverages. It is £80 though!
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