Self-deprecation is worth its weight in smoldering phoenix-ashes and baby unicorn tears.
Published on January 2, 2009 By SanChonino In Misc

I'll admit it; I'm the kind of person who can talk my way around (and out of) anything. I'll gab your ear off until you'll just drop whatever issue you have or you've completely forgotten what you were asking or confronting me about.

And no, I'm not saying I'm going to stop doing that. I mean, that's just me - that's like asking Shakira to stop being sexy or telling Ricky Gervais he can't be awkward and funny anymore. It just isn't happening.

However, there is a lot of crap I can cut out of my conversations, my interactions with others, and my life in general - and that crap will and must needs be cut, man. Because 2009 is a no-crap kind of year.

1. (This is actually inherited from my coworker Cassidy's husband) I'm going to be honest with people. Blunt, perhaps. All I know is that a lot of the times, I don't tell people how I feel and I miss opportunities to make changes in my life, my relationship with that person, or their behavior. I'm going to endeavor to (thoughtfully, and as kindly and honestly as possible, but still bluntly) let them know it. And I sincerely hope that others will have the courtesy to do the same for me.

2. If I can tell you don't give two squirts of silly putty about what I'm discussing with you, I'll just drop it. Think, fine people; just suck on that for a moment - that means you'll (hopefully) never have to hear me complain about 'Dr. So-and-so's analysis of Random Book, because they totally missed the mark' or 'Random Band is awesome because they use the funkiest modes in this song, rather than building on usual progressions' as you stare on in a stupor, made nearly catatonic as I, in a haze of my own self-importance, blather on and on and on and on. If you catch me feigning erudition like that, do let me know and remind me of my New Year's Resolution. Unless you like that sort of thing. (But who am I kidding?)

3. Usually I like to think of myself as a lion of a person - loud, yes, but proud and majestic, and worth paying at least a little attention to. However, I'm afraid that most of the time I end up as a chihuahua of a person instead - yippy and annoying, without anyone really liking me. (Because, in the spirit of this resolution, let's be honest with ourselves - can anyone genuinely stand chihuahuas? Or do we all just want to play 'field goal kick' with them and only barely contain ourselves?) You see, chihuahuas pretend to be big and strong, and put on a show of being brave and noble, but it's all just a lie - you know it, they know it, Richard Nixon knows it, and the world moves on. However, a lion is big and strong - no need to pretend - and you know it, he knows it, and JFK rolls in his grave in terror of the lion's roar. And I want to be a lion, no longer a yippy little stupid chihuahua.

So there you go. Another resolution in the bag. (Fulfilling, tangentially, my resolution to write more often. Phantasmagorical!)

Comments
on Jan 02, 2009

Good article SC.  I don't get around to your blog as much as I once did....but if you cut the cr/ap...I might have less to get around too....

hahahahaha

Personally I like your writing style, have enjoyed watching it morph over time....

Any news on the graduate school yet?

(Sorry if you posted it already.  I missed it.)

on Jan 02, 2009

Here is to success on cutting the crap.

I can use to cut some crap out of my talk, too.  I keep to myself alot, and when people start inquiring about my personal life (specifically at work), I always find a way to make the conversation about them instead of me.  I think I could use to be more open, eh?

on Jan 03, 2009

Here's to getting rid of all of your crap! 

on Jan 03, 2009

1. I'm all for being blunt. I actually think people appreciate it.

2. Fuck people who don't get what you're saying. I would drop it, too. It's their loss.

3. I tell Rose I'm a lion all the time. So corny or not, roar away, B.

 

BTW .. good to see you writing.

on Jan 03, 2009

 

I'll admit it; I'm the kind of person who can talk my way around (and out of) anything. I'll gab your ear off until you'll just drop whatever issue you have or you've completely forgotten what you were asking or confronting me about.

haha! I can do that too! it's a usefull trick to know when you work in a jail around inmates and cops (which in my eyes anymore amount to the same thing -BOTH of 'em will lie to you and stab you in the back given half a chance).

Personally I like your writing style, have enjoyed watching it morph over time....

Ditto!

 

 

on Jan 04, 2009

be honest with ourselves - can anyone genuinely stand chihuahuas? Or do we all just want to play 'field goal kick' !

Field goal kick

on Jan 04, 2009

I have a habit of being really honest and open about everything with everyone I know.  I think some believe this to be a little over the top or weak or something.  Why a lot of people have a hard time dealing with honesty is beyond me. 

A lion of a person, huh?  I really don't know what animal I would be.  But I think it is good you think of yourself this way. 

I kind of like Chihuahuas, but only because I admire their gutsiness.  I'm not sure how I would go having one as a pet, though.  I think, at the very least, I'd end up gagging it.

Tailsgirl - I love your avatar - very cute indeed.

on Jan 15, 2009

Hi SC...I know it is a little late to reply.  I have not been out in the community in a long, long time.  I have been in a state of reflexion for quite a while now; actually to long.  It is time for me to cut the crap and do what I do best...write. 

I started going back to Twitter again and found out I just cannot stay within 140 characters.  I just have more to say to stay within those bounds.  I think my poerty blips would not fit in here at JU.  So, alas I think I will start a personal blog for my random thoughts.  Maybe I will blog here...although I feel the things I have to say are too intense for JU.

At any rate I am going to cut the crap myself and write.

 

 

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