I intended on making this post yesterday, but got sidetracked with other endeavors. Hopefully it won’t happen again (too often).
Me: “No need for a question mark, there is no wrong answer.”
Friend: “Ugg, that’s why I hate questions like that.”
Me: “You generally don’t have a problem giving your opinion.”
Friend: “But I like for there to be a right answer.”
Me: “Sorry, sir.”
This interaction took place earlier today during a conversation I was having with a friend. I was thinking about this post and rather than just giving you my opinion of myself, I thought I would let you (the reader) know what people in my life thought of me in one word.
When I endeavor to learn new things or formulate an opinion, I like to get as many sides of the story as I can. It seems only fair to extend that courtesy to any potential readers, so I continued to query almost anyone who would allow me to.
Friend: “Eccentric… Eccentric isn’t quite the word, but I think its good without thinking.”
Me: “My inner desire to be more unique than that cries at the use of that word because of its overuse.”
Friend: “Its true, I know what you mean but you’re not purposefully eccentric… Ornery! Have you gotten Ornery yet?”
Me: “Yeah, but before I told them this was serious. Admittedly, it is accurate.”
For those of you keeping track at home, that would be:
The first two kind of relate to each other, while Ornery just lets you know that I can be aggressive.
Me: “Pop quiz, Hot Shot.”
Me: “Describe me honestly in one word. You can mention sense of humor, but I would appreciate a serious answer.”
Friend: “Side note, have you seen the google splash page today?”
Me: “Yeah, it’s Jules Verne’s birthday. [BLANK] said Eccentric with the caveat that he did not put much thought into it and that I was not purposefully that way.”
Friend: “Heh… I’m going to have to go with “genuine.”
Me: “Current tally is: Eccentric, Genuine, Ornery and Creative.”
Friend: “I wasn’t able to find something that combined Funny and Smart well enough, So the next most definable characteristic was that there’s no one like you.”
At this point I will admit it was a bit of an ego boost to have these discussions with friends. Everyone has their faults and usually your toughest critic is yourself (if you can be honest with yourself), so it was nice to see the positive side of things through their eyes.
Friend: “Say baby, do you wanna lay down with me, say baby do you wanna lay down by my side, say baby, do you wanna lay down with me, say baby, SAY BABY!!”
Me: “Say baby, describe me in one word.”
Friend: “Any restrictions?”
Me: “Not as long as you take it seriously and I will return the favor.”
Friend: “Hmm… half wants to say “stout” (which works on many levels), and the other half wants to say “lascivious.””
Me: “ooo. I like the word, but you are dirty.”
Friend: “Haha. Those were the fun words to read in the dictionary”
Me: “Haha. Typed horny into the thesaurus?”
What can I say, Lascivious and Stout. For those who have never seen me, I stand about 170 centimeters (hooray metric system) and I would say that I have sturdy frame. Stout is appropriate, but I am working on it. For breakfast this morning, I ate a banana, a handful of plain almonds and some green tea with honey.
Me: “I didn’t see you online at first.”
Me: “Would you to describe me in 1 word, a serious answer. You can comment on sense of humor, but I am looking for serious answers.”
[a couple minutes passed]
Me: “Someone said “ornery midget” and that’s not what I am looking for.”
[another minute or two]
Friend: “I’m confused as to what I’m giving you a serious answer….is there a question?”
Me: “If you had to describe me in 1 word, what would that word be?”
Friend: “OH describe YOU”
Me: “Yeah, just the first thing that comes to mind”
I am starting to see a theme forming at this point, but this next excerpt is from a series of text messages.
Me: “Hey, what are you doing?”
Friend: “Nm. U?”
Me: “Starting a blog.”
Me: “Give me a reason to write on a regular basis.”
Friend: “ok why tell me?”
Me: “I need you to describe me in one word.”
Friend: “Srs answer?”
Me: “I would prefer it.”
Friend: “You have to be because you are ornery as shit”
I didn’t want to bore anyone, so I tried to take excerpts from the more amusing interactions. This seems like a solid enough basis to start a blog, so hopefully I will be able to maintain 3+ posts a week with the intent of working back into writing for me, rather than for larps.
Here’s to hoping.