lucy24 - 5:14 am on Mar 5, 2013 (gmt 0)
So I get an e-mail from someone I've known online for ages. He's excited to discover that I have a website. (I'd mentioned it in the course of some discussion or other.)
I said: What are you talking about? Your cat has a website!
He said: Yes, but I didn't know you had a website.
Here is the food-for-thought question: Is there any other human activity that has this mixture of people doing it for fun-- or "doing it on the side" if that sounds less insulting-- and people making a living at it?
Snap answer: Well, yes. All of them. But I'm trying to think of a serious analogy. I keep thinking professional sports. But, well, come on. Pro football players may make pots of money, but they don't get annoyed when they see someone playing touch football on the lawn. Granted, they probably would be annoyed if you tried to conduct your pickup game in the AstroDome while they're trying to use it.
What is the analogy? Mechanics? Naah again. You can tinker or you can do it for a living-- but even the most dedicated auto mechanic doesn't stand to win all or lose all depending on how good he is.
Astronomy? It's supposed to be the only skilled endeavor where significant discoveries can still be made by amateurs.
Can't be anything in the housekeeping realm. Things like food preparation have to be done-- by somebody-- whether you enjoy it or not, and also whether you get paid for it or not.
I'm overlooking something obvious, aren't I?