“Hi. My name is Julie, and I’m a complete and utter fool.”
See, it’s good to be able to admit that. So that, as is often the case, when I have a problem with something and ask an expert for advice, and they give me that look (and even if they have a poker face, I know they must be marveling that I’ve managed to get through life thus far apparently intact; it’s something I find astounding on a near daily basis, anyway), I can just smile and acknowledge the painfully obvious fact that I might as well stamp “Noob” on my forehead. The benefit of this is that said expert is then usually happy to assist in my enlightenment.
Also, I may be a fool, but I haven’t yet failed the “Is it plugged in?” test.
But it’s only a matter of time.