You’re a snob. At least about something. We all are, to be fair about it. And it’s okay. Snob away, you stuck up son of a bitch. Being a snob means you’ve drawn the line, even if that line lacks substance and relevance. Don’t like Pontiacs? Fair enough. Prefer a cabernet over a merlot? Free country, pal. Are you a KILOmeter man or a kill-OM-eter man? Some people have a passionate preference.
I once got into a ridiculous argument with a good friend about the pronunciation of “Porshe.” I preferred the more blue-collar, single-syllable version, while my friend insisted on tacking the “uh” at the end. I told him he sound pretentious. He said I sound like a redneck idiot. Were levelheaded women not in attendance, the debate might have developed into fisticuffs.
My friend in question is a Pronunciation Snob. He’s also a Surround Sound Snob, a Pasta Snob, and a mild Computer Snob. On these topics, he has constructed his own thrown and crowned himself king. Opinions from others are unsolicited offerings from uneducated serfs.
Everybody is a snob about something. I have friends who are Fake Breast Snobs. They view silicon breasts in the same light as anal warts and Ricky Martin. They claim to be able to spot a fake breast from as high as the space shuttle, and insist that to handle one is like touching plutonium. Morons, I say. The Angry Czeck is an enthusiastic supporter of fake breasts. Furthermore, I wish I had a couple just to screw onto the dashboard of my car, you know, so I’d have something to do during traffic jams. Were it socially acceptable, I’d replace my own flabby chest with a set of fake breasts just to keep me perpetually amused. The Angry Czeck is no Fake Breast Snob.
You’re already acquainted with my fascinating views on Barbecue Snobs, but have you ever met a Macintosh Snob? They’re they guys who drone endlessly about the altruistic virtues of Apple computers, citing its simplistic operating system as proof that Steve Jobs is George Fucking Washington. Macintosh Snobs wage a seething, one-sided war against the remainder of the computing world, who have no idea why Macintosh Snobs are so stuck up. My brother (let’s call him “Marcia”) made a good observation. Marcia said that Apple computers are to Macintosh Snobs what the Civil War is to Southerners. In the South, people are nuts for the Civil War. They debate on alternate universe outcomes. They praise the Confederacy’s superior gamesmanship. The lament on opportunities squandered. Meanwhile, modern Northerner’s can barely tell you what year the Civil War was fought. Many have a vague notion that Nazi’s were involved. See, they don’t care. Neither do people computing on a Dell. Computers aren’t a culture. They’re a tool. PC-based people are just happy their equipment turns on in the morning.
My wife is an American Car Snob. My brother is a Movie Snob. I have a pal who suffers from a unique form of snobbery, the Beatle Snob. With little prompting, he’ll corner you for half-an-hour with a much practiced argument for why The Beatles are better than any band in the world. First of all, you’re not making much of a leap when you say “I like the Beatles.” That’s like saying you enjoy sex or you like breathing. How about making a case for Electric Light Orchestra? Or Christopher Cross? Don’t tell me how terrific the While Album is. Try defending 4 from Foreigner. Then you’ll have the Angry Czeck’s respect.
The Angry Czeck is a big snob, too. My balls are big enough to allow such self-effacing admissions. I’m pretty snobby about movies and books. I’m also a vocal Backwards Parking Snob. Really, what the fuck do people think when they’re wasting the Angry Czeck’s time parking backwards in spaces? Do they believe the arduous effort parking backwards will be rewarded with a zippy getaway later in the day? Or are you so conceited that you must force the entire parking lot to sit and watch you clumsily park your SUV so crooked in its space that nobody can park next to you? Quit fucking around, you colossal assholes, and fucking park!
The Beer Snob bugs me sometimes, too (though not as much as Wine Snobs). I mean, the Angry Czeck is not above ordering an overly expensive brew on occasion, but the Beer Snob is totally incapable of buying a six-pack of beer that costs less than $10. The Beer Snob is anchored with all sorts of Byzantine reasoning. American beer is swill. I like to TASTE my beer. Pilsners are for girls. Shit, just shutup and drink your beer, man! I swear, Beer Snobs will defend a homebrew even if it tastes like a Honda tire. (Then again, have you ever been to one of those bars that feature 5000 beers on taps only to find a couple guys sipping on Coors Lite? What better way to provoke a wordless punch in the face from a disgusted Robert Mitchum?)
The topics for snobbery are almost endless. Some are more volatile than others. Ever besmirch a College Sports Snob? Before you do, remember it’s useful to know how to escape a headlock. My favorite is the College Sports Snob who didn’t even attend the college they would gladly donate all their bone marrow to. Here’s a revelation: COLLEGE ATHLETES DON’T GIVE A RAT’S ASS ABOUT YOU OR YOUR FAMILY. It’s difficult to accept, but true.