The rapport is real. I get you.
There is always a context to any story.
I deal with a fellow board member on my HOA. He's from the business world and worked as a director of a well known company. He's bright, but he isn't a rocket scientist. But he certainly thinks a lot of himself. Anyway, he looks at me, and sees a teacher. What do I know. If, as president, I ask management a question and they answer, he'll ask the same question, get the same answer, and thank the management while he then proceeds to address the board like he asked the question I asked in the first place, disregarding everything that came before.
The point is this: In life, certain fellows think a lot of themselves, their abilities, and their own perceptions. They do this while disregarding everyone else - they truly walk into a room and the first thing on their mind is themselves.
And they have opinions about everything and they are unwilling to consider that they might be either wrong or limited. And then they proceed to put everyone else straight.
I am not saying you are like that board member.
What I am saying is that I just came out of another meeting with that board member and once again he reminded everyone about how he saw the situations we are dealing with and just how we should prioritize them.
So, I read here that using a can of soup somehow discounts the validity of the statement "we make everything by scratch" and I think, well, maybe from their perspective they do. And I think, why should I create an argument that undermines their statement.
So.... I think, hmmm, Obi-wan, from a certain point of view, they do make the food from scratch.
Really, it is a question worth exploring and I certainly appreciate your point of view. I concede that from a conservative point of view, making something from scratch is as you laid out.
From a more liberal point of view, making something from scratch can be arranging a series of ingredients that are complete in and of themselves and then combining and manipulating them in such a manner as to create something new that didn't exist before.
My board member is unwilling to concede anything other than his point of view. I suppose this explains my exasperation and response.
It's NOT you Cosmo....