One of my biggest pet peeves is people underestimating me. its HUGE. My wife says I'm far to sensitive to this, maybe so. but I can't fucking STAND IT when people treat me like I just got out of school, or that I don't know anything.
A lot of times at my work, I think people act suprised that I know things.
Here are a few examples:
1. Today, a guy asked me if I knew what a flow-meter was, and if I knew how to take measurements with it (a flowmeter is just a way to measure stream-flow). Measuring stream-flow is a basic - its one of the first things you learn in your geology classes. I've taken these measurements probably 100 times as a professional, and I used to teach the method to college students.
2. The first time someone asked me a real geology question, I gave them the answer, (it was about relay-ramp deformation in tertiary sediments in the great basin) and then at an office-wide morning meeting my boss said to everyone "hey everyone, Joe actually knows how to do geology!" That made me just fucking LIVID.
3. I had a guy ask me if I knew how to log well core, AFTER I had already done it on one of his projects.
I could go on and on.
I think what the bottom line is, is that I've been at this job for about 2 years and I think a lot of people still have know idea what my skill-set is. Most people think of me as "the guy you bring your GIS figures to when Sara or Andrew (other GIS people) aren't around".
I'm a good Geologist! I'm a decent Consulting Geologist! I'm actually 10 times better at geology than GIS. I could be even better if you just challenged me!