The World is Your Oyster

According to Malcolm Gladwell, I am a maven.  Is that like a minx?

So I searched for “maven” in Google Images and this is what I found:


Not quite what I had in mind.

Since I don’t have a copy of Tipping Point on me, I’ll use the next best thing –  Wikipedia:

Mavens are “information specialists“, or “people we rely upon to connect us with new information.” They accumulate knowledge, especially about the marketplace, and know how to share it with others.

This makes complete sense.

This explains why I flock to social networking sites like Goodreads, Yelp, Rotten Tomatoes, and TripAdvisorInformation warms my soul.


The passing of information is wonderful because

  • I learn/can inform others about must-try/must-see places: “This will be the MEAL OF YOUR LIFE.  You have not lived until you have eaten here!” or “Paradise exists here. “
  • I learn/can inform others about horrific experiences:  “BEWARE.  DO NOT ENTER.  Your mouth should never have to experience the foul goods that are served at this decrepit location” or “How on earth did this become a Bestseller?  Spare your time and your eyes.”
  • It can make my life (or your life) increasingly efficient.  Ex:  When I  was preparing to marry KK 4 years ago, everyone told me that changing my name would essentially be a large pain the ass, but not a single person could tell me how to do it!  The result:  I compiled a list, complete with website links, steps, office locations, etc. for any future brides-to-be.  Did I mention that I love lists?  Hence, the bullet points.

Now we are currently in the process of planning a trip to the Napa/Sonoma area, and thanks to Yelp and Tyler Florence on The Best Thing I Ever Ate we found out that there is a Hog Island Oyster Co. in Napa!  Kumamotos, here we come!

(Our first kumamoto experience was last year in Boston, and now we are forever ruined.)

The world is your oyster. Whatever that means.

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