Obviously, it is nice when a family member or friend gets known for making really good lasagna. Or when another one learns to take great photos. But the lines between talents, interests, avocational passions, my sense of self, and my checking account can get pretty jumbled. You can start by taking a few nice pictures on the camera you splurged on, but then months later you’re on internet message boards mocking others for their totally cheeseball Nikon-bokeh. You went from making images to obsessively retouching a self-image.
Maybe your coffee sucks, but I bet it’s not nearly as repulsive as the person trying to sell self-worth in a plastic tube.
I buy Costco ground Colombian in a can, keep it in the fridge, dump it into my aging Mr. Coffee, and drink the result. Tastes fine.
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