I was hanging out on my parents' front porch the other evening, having a toddy with my dad and talking of random things. At one point, he interrupts me and hold his hand up for silence. Dad: Shhh... Do you hear that? Me: *Listening carefully*......... You mean that bird? Dad: Yeah, I think its a (some kind of bird)... Look, there it is at the very top of that pine tree! Sure enough, there is a very small outline of a very small bird at the top of a very far pine tree. Dad: Yep! That is definitely a (some kind of bird)! Look at the shape of it, and it's bright orange head! Me: *Squinting and looking as hard as I can* ... Well, I can tell its a bird... Dad: Here, try with the binoculars. So I look and sure enough, it had a bright orange head. Me: So let me get this straight- you were able to identify that bird by just its call, and were able to confirm it by an extremely far away outline with your normal eyesight alone (he hadn't used the binoculars)? Dad: Well, yeah. Here, read this book and it'll teach you everything you'd need. He handed me a giant ornithology dictionary that I wouldn't try to begin to read if my life depended on it. Not because its not interesting, mind you, but there is absolutely no way that 1) an encyclopedia could hold my shiny-shiny attention span long enough for me to get through it, and 2) even if I did manage to read it, there is no way that I would be able to retain the information well enough to apply it to a random bird I'd encounter. My dad did grow up on a farm, so I guess ornithology has been his hobby for a long time, but I just don't get it. Its the same with my buddies that duck hunt- there is no way I can identify what kind of ducks they are while in flight like they seem to be able to do with ease. And the funny thing is, I actually have great eyesight, at least according to the physicals I used to take when I played football (they said I had 20/13). I just can't. Focus: What skill do you find yourself completely unable to comprehend, much less master yourself?