Thank you twat.. I am glad to be mediocre in your book. It makes debate with you easier.. I worked for the city for a long time.. I loved being mediocre.. the only one in the room with no real degree.. the only one not wearing a suit.
You have no idea how fun that was for me.... and god help me.............how amusing.
Somewhat similar story - several years ago, two of my brothers came with me to attend a paintball outing arranged by my then boss. He was/is a VP of Sales and most of the people who he invites are similar white collar types. We went to a nearby bar to "debrief" after pelting each other all morning, and after a couple rounds one of the guys says something to the effect that we have all been talking but he doesn't really know anyone, so he wanted to go around the table and introduce who we were and what we did and how we all knew my boss. He was an executive of some kind . . . my boss was a VP . . . next was a sales guy covering umpteen states . . . marketing executive . . . customer service manager . . . 3-4 others. Got to my younger brother, and he says his name and then "I'm a janitor." The looks of the half drunk faces around the table was priceless as you could see them all trying to process 1) was he telling the truth or trolling and 2) if true, how this guy ended up with the likes of them and 3) also if true, how he said it and was sitting there so unembarrassed about his "lowly" profession. Then only to make their reactions even more uncomfortable, the guy that started it all says "so what kind of janitorial company do you run?" My brother says, "I run a broom, sir" and gives him this big, cheese-eating grin.
The thing is, if I ever had a problem I needed advice about, I would without a doubt ask my brother the Janitor what he thought before anyone else at that table. Not just because he's my brother. Because he has no airs about him. He's humble. If he doesn't know, he won't try to make something up to make himself look smart. And he would care about the outcome of his advice. And if it was a not-so-good outcome, he would own up to the bad advice (and probably call himself a "dumbass" as he often does). Too often I see people who have convinced themselves the degree they have or the position their family connections provided for them makes them superior.
Funny to me is that for most of them, their "politics" would line up. My brother has very definite opinions, and will politely explain them to anyone who wants to listen. But the "superior" ones would in no way be able to explain why. It just is because they say so. And if you didn't understand, it must be over your head and your are dismissed.
Not sure why I'm on my soapbox tonight. Sorry for the wall of text.