Recognizing and appreciating something (like a cloud of mushrooms) after you’ve become aware of its existence makes that something more predictable. But it doesn’t make it less wonderful. And it doesn’t mean the person doing the recognizing and appreciating could have predicted that something before becoming aware of it.
Thank you for bringing a greater appreciation of fungi into my life.
I just spent like 10 minutes trying to untangle that sentence and I’m still not sure if I understand it so if my response makes no sense I’m sorry—what I meant was that I was tagged in that reblog because she knew that pic would make me really happy (it did) and I had the predicted reaction to it, before I realized I was tagged. Because I am predictably over-excited about mushrooms.
However, I am completely okay this predictability, especially if the enthusiasm becomes contagious. Which is to say: you are welcome. :D
Oops. Yes, I got all that about your original response. It inspired me to try to pay a compliment, but then I got excited by the chance to make a metaphor about how coming across you the lover of fungi was like finding a bunch of mushrooms growing from a tree trunk and… well, it went downhill from there.
First rule of paying an effective compliment: Avoid being so mock-clever (read: “confusing”) that the intended recipient isn’t even sure what you’re talking about.
“I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.” This was unexpected and rather difficult. There was some scattered clapping, but most of them were trying to work it out and see if it came to a compliment.
Reposted from http://lies.tumblr.com/post/45424060832.