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It amazes me how people (mainly younger people) try to act like they know everything. Case in point, a few days ago, I recognized some blonde kid at the counter talking with the salesman up front, but I was in the shop and couldn't hear what he was saying. He would always come into my engine rebuilding class after he got done with his class before then just to try and answer some basic engine know how questions and what not. I chuckled to myself because alot of his answers were usually wrong and the teacher would point it out. Of course he would follow it up with a, "Uh... yea that's what I meant." He's already had the class so he's trying to "impress" us I guess with a few things he knows. Give me a break.. Anyway back to the point.

So I'm walking through the front area and I finally get a chance to hear what he's blabbling about. And I quote, "Listen, I take automotive classes up at San Jac, so I know alot more than you do about cars." I lol'd right before I went back into the shop and I made sure he would hear me laughing at him considering I hate that cocky piece of crap. First of all, just because you show up to a class doesn't mean you will learn anything. Secondly, don't always assume you know more than anyone just because you're taking a class to expand your knowledge on a said subject. Thirdly, stop acting like you know everything about cars just because you picked up one or two things you didn't know before so you immediately have a "holier than thou" attitude towards anyone. He was trying to tell the salesman that synthetic oil doesn't break down and that he's stupid... Are you kidding me??? I proceeded to lmao for a few minutes when I found out that the salesman up front handed that kid's arse to him after showing him that any oil will break down from heat/wear eventually. ::sighs:: I hate people like him. :nono: I swear to god, I think he's a crackhead. :drunk:
 

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Now you know why I say...I wish I knew half as much today, as what I thought I knew when I was 20.

I'd be one smart SOB.

The sad thing is that many people never learn to accept the fact that they do not know everything, and they can be wrong.

We call them "legends in their own minds"

Later, mikey
 

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powerrodsmike said:
Now you know why I say...I wish I knew half as much today, as what I thought I knew when I was 20.

I'd be one smart SOB.

The sad thing is that many people never learn to accept the fact that they do not know everything, and they can be wrong.

We call them "legends in their own minds"

Later, mikey
I call them "crackheads." :D

"Legends in their own minds" would probably apply to you while you're on your browny experiences. :nono: :thumbup:
 

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I call them "crackheads." :D

"Legends in their own minds" would probably apply to you while you're on your browny experiences. :nono: :thumbup:
He's only fooling himself. You know, your classmates know and your teacher CERTAINLY knows that he's just a little full of himself. Don't worry about it, your instructor has probably seen a million of these types before!

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He's only fooling himself. You know, your classmates know and your teacher CERTAINLY knows that he's just a little full of himself. Don't worry about it, your instructor has probably seen a million of these types before!

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Trust me, whenever I see him, I'm going to make fun of him since I don't like him in the first place. Alot of my friends already know how much of a moron he is.
 

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WakBordr7387 said:
That kid wouldn't happen to have a coffee can on the back of his car would he?


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Lol, he does drive an import so I wouldn't be surprised to hear the ol' familiar, WAAHHHHHHHHHH as he's just at 1k rpm haha. You think for an automotive program that people would be more knowledgable about things like that, but I swear to god there must be about 70% riced out cars there. It's unbelievable. I feel like I have to slap them. Oh, I was helping my friend out with his car in electrical class last year and some random kid looked at his engine bay and went, "Woa!" He ran off to get his friend and said, "Look at how tiny that motor is! How many cylinders does that got man?!" I kinda looked at my friend and rolled my eyes. He told them 4, not obvious enough to see for themselves I'm guessing. :rolleyes: The guy then proceeds to say, "4???? Wow, what's it get up to, like 55?" He then walks away and we just start laughing at how stupid that kid was.
 

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You find people like this all the time.
I work in a trade and there are always guys that say the know so much but over time they prove what little they do know. Starting out I had a great journeyman tell me never to talk about what you know to someone else but let your work prove your knowledge and you will get more respect.
I hope I can make that kind of impact on a apprentice some day. He not only taught me how to do my job but taught me how to be humble as he humbled me many time.LOL.
I know how people like that can drive you crazy but they will show themselves sooner or later.
 

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You find people like this all the time.
I work in a trade and there are always guys that say the know so much but over time they prove what little they do know. Starting out I had a great journeyman tell me never to talk about what you know to someone else but let your work prove your knowledge and you will get more respect.
I hope I can make that kind of impact on a apprentice some day. He not only taught me how to do my job but taught me how to be humble as he humbled me many time.LOL.
I know how people like that can drive you crazy but they will show themselves sooner or later.
This does remind me of what happened a while back at work. One of the guys I worked with left a torque wrench set at 140 ft/lbs. I told him that he shouldn't do that or it'll lose it's accuracy if you don't return it to 0 because if you leave something dialed in at such a high setting, the springs will lose their rigidity and will mess up its calibration. I've been advised this by people in real life so I didn't make it up obviously and it's common sense if you think about it. One of our "mechanics" overheard me saying that and said, "Don't listen to him, he's stupid. It'll be fine if you leave it like that." People these days...
 

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I used to try and talk with people like that. Now, I revel in watching them swim in the bullcrap they spew. It never fails that sooner or later their true lack of knowledge will bite them in the butt. It's much more fun to watch them and less irritating.

My dad used to do that to me and my brother when we did really dumb things to our cars. Like spending good money on yellow ACCEL spark plug wires because we were POSITIVE that they would make our car faster. We learned a lot of good lessons swimming in our crap.
 

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Its not always young guys......I still remember years ago (long before 383 sbc came to be) at an Orange County fair car show, I walked up to a very nice '32 highboy with the hood off and was listening to the owner talk to some guy about his car. He was boasting to the guy that it was a "380" chevy.
I asked who's stroker crank did you use? He looked at me kind of funny then said it did'nt have a stroked crank. The other guy and I both asked him then how did he come to the idea that it was a "380" c.i. He looked at me kind of funny and the said " well cuzz it was bored 30 over". When we both tried to explain to him that a .030 over 350 is a 355 and not a 380 he got pi------ and walked away.
 

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i love it when my own family tries to impress me with their automotive knowledge

you know who DOESNT try to argue with me about cars ? my father, the only other car person in my immediate family. sure he argues with on some stuff, but its the usual car guy vs car guy stuff

on the other hand, theres my mother, who has yet to grasp the idea that she doesnt know enough about cars to correct me

case in point:

my sister managed to back her truck into a economy car at the gas station. her hitch destroyed the bumper and the tail light panel. the estimate for the economy car was $2000 ... a reasonable amount considering the spare tire was jammed in its well ....

my sister asserted that "the cars bumper was hardly scratched"

my mom was nice enough to tell me "you havent worked at a shop in years, how do you know what the repairs would cost??" then proceeded to argue with me about it for a week

my older brother, even worse, but at least he shuts up as soon as i shoot him down once or twice.
 

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I'm in my first semester at the local JC, taking auto and machining classes. About 70% of the kids in my classes are like the one you describe. They're either disrespectful or don't know *** is going on and think they do. I've already gotten a reputation for knowing a bit more than the average student, and I regret it a little. I eithr get asked a lot of questions, or people are straight up rude for no reason. I don't know exactly why.

The thing that urks me, is the kids that don't do their homework, or interupt the teachers ith retarded high school type comments. You're paying for these classes, why waste it? My uncle teaches the powerflow class I'm taking, so I take that one a bit more personally when people are rude and disrespectful. But I even get upset with that jaskholes on my machining class that goof off. Its one thing to screw around with a wrench, but a lathe could do a whole lot of damage.
 

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I have always found that people that are full of crap, most of the time, just have a hard time making friends and are doing that so you will like them......Too bad it generally has the opposite effect.
 

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Classix_Lover said:
...whenever I see him, I'm going to make fun of him...
CL,

You might even consider putting him on your "ignore list"...just like we can do here at HR.Com with posters who are full of themselves. That prevents you from possibly being sucked down to this guy's level of conversation and attitude. Sometimes laughter and ridicule demeans YOU as much as it might demean the target of your barbs. Someone might ask, "Well aren't you just trying to point out your own superiority by making fun of another person or pointing out their flaws."

You've got plenty going for you CL that you would never need to ride on the shoulders of ridicule. So my point here is aimed more at the "general" audience rather than you specifically.

My theory is, I'm less informed than 9 out of 10 rodders in this world. And if I do stumble on that ONE rodder who's less informed than me...why would I want to blow my precious time talking with him/her...much less ridiculing them or pointing out their ignorance.

If a person wants to learn, they should ALWAYS be the dumbest kid in their class...that is, they should ALWAYS be hanging around rodders who are smarter, more experienced, more innovative, and more savy. I know I'm the dumbest in MY class...and I intend to keep it that way.

The interesting thing is, the truly smart, experienced, innovative and savy rodders I know rarely, if ever, feel the need to verbalize their superiority or put down others, even when they are inanely stupid. The really good ones simply go on about their lives, building incredible cars and working wonders with their hands and minds. It speaks volumes over laughter and ridicule.
 

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Well said Cboy! I tend to agree, all you have to do is stay out of their path. They will step in it themselves multiple times before they get a clue. I went to electronics school, but there were a few of us that were into cars and were backyard types. Well there was this one kid who thought he knew everything about cars -he drove a 80's celebrity LOL. He said you were supposed to floor a EFI car and make it rev up when you start it. Well he's the only I know that ever blew up an iron duke 2.5L. Then he did the same thing to the 90's cavalier that replaced it. And now he's blown his trans axle out in his Volvo trying to get it unstuck (my guess is he didn't try rocking but just mashed the gas pedal). Maybe one of these days he'll come around, but I just laugh and stay clear of him.
 

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The general attitude (young guy knows a lot more than any of the older guys) is not limited to fixing cars. I've worked in the military and on various projects in the computer and telecom industry for nearly 30 years and have picked up degrees and quite a bit of technical knowledge over the years. However, its not unusual for me to run into a young kid in a in computer programming class who does not believe that I would ever be able to understand the complicated things he's learning.

I think some of the young folks attitudes about high tech are even more biased than they are with cars, since they seldom run into a person in his/her 50's who has some experience working with technology. They all think we should be like their Mom and Dad, who usually don't do much more than turn a computer (or car) on and use it.

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