As I write this, I am at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, with my wife who’s just had surgery. As I walk through the part of the hospital where we are, I notice the art on the walls. Walking along, I notice:
That’s an Ellsworth Kelly.
That’s a Ron Davis.
Another Ron Davis.
(Understand, I’m recognizing this from my knowledge of 1960s era abstract painting. I’m not looking at the labels.)
There’s a Diebenkorn.
There’s a Frieda Kahlo. No wait, it’s not by Kahlo, it’s a portrait of her by someone else.
Is that a Jaspar Johns over there by the elevators? Yes, it turns out to be just that.
By profession I’m in software, currently out of work but spending a lot of time upgrading my skills. But sometimes I feel that I know art better than I know my profession.
What’s your non-financially-rewarding avocation that you know more about than your profession?
Magic the Gathering artwork. Show me the picture from a card and I probably have something like a 75% chance of identifying the card by name. Sometimes I wonder what normal people keep in the brainpart that I tie up with stuff like that.
Knitting and pregnancy/childbirth. Neither one comes in handy in chemical research.
The knitting because it’s my hobby of choice.
The pregnancy/childbirth, well, I became quite the birth junkie when pregnant with my two kids and read up on it so much that I find I can spout off all sorts of information that is only of use/interest to pregnant women and makes most other people uncomfortable. So I try not to.