Did you ever have that sinking feeling that you were supposed to know something but you actually didn’t (hence, the “doe in the headlights” look)? Sometimes I get this feeling from patrons at the reference desk, who presume that I know about something (ie law, business, fiction) and want to ask me additional, advanced questions about it. I don’t like to b.s. people and more often than not, I just have to fess up and admit that I have no idea regarding what they’re talking about.
This phenomenon has also infiltrated other areas of my life. I should know more about our medical benefits, but I honestly don’t have the interest to find our more. I should know more about my car, but I have no inclination to figure it out. I should probably get with the program and find out more about McCain and Obama, but I’ll end up waiting until I have to decide and then take action (I admit, politics bore me). I should figure out how to put a non-Java LibraryThing widget together so that I can share my library. Well, I guess that’s different because no one expects me to know that stuff, I just want to be able to do it.