Sometimes it's worthwhile to have a stock answer prepared and ready for those annoying questions life sometimes presents you with. For example, my house is full of books. Anyone with a house full of books has been asked the inevitable question: "Have you read all of these?" The real answer, of course, is no, because half the appeal of books is promise. But the question is annoying anyway.
My friend the poet Jim Schley suggested the best answer, and I believe he got it from somebody else (I'll have to ask). What you say is, "...And so many more." I adopted that right away.
So anyway, when somebody says, "That's a good picture. You must have a really nice camera," what I'm going to say is, "I do. And I know how to use it, too."
It's good to be prepared.
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