Posted by Mikemenn on 10:30:08 3/25/2002
I've been thinking. This is sometimes a good thing. More often, it is not.
Definition of a "fan," short for "fanatic":
Main Entry: fa·nat·ic
Variant(s): or fa·nat·i·cal /-ti-k&l/
Etymology: Latin ‘fanaticus' inspired by a deity,
frenzied, from ‘fanum' temple
: marked by excessive enthusiasm and often intense uncritical devotion
This, I am not. I may have been, but am now no longer.
When I think of a fan, I think of long
hours spent waiting for tickets to a concert or movie; of people
obsessing in trying to get into the lives of their fanaticism; of
stalking, arrests and court orders; of salt cellars, caps and aprons.
I do believe the word "fan" can mean, to a
lesser degree, one who simply enjoys something else, i.e. Good Eats.
However, I cannot, in good conscious, call myself a "fan" any more.
If I need a moniker, then I shall call myself a
"devotee" which is defined as "an ardent follower, supporter, or
enthusiast." Maybe even "enthusiast," or since I enjoy Spanish,
"aficionado". I'm still deciding.
I believe in all that Good Eats stands for. I
believe it has a lot to offer in educating the masses about cooking,
history and science. I believe that Mr. Brown has created a show that
has filled a much-needed void in Television-dom.