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Friday, October 17th, 2008

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12:18a
Being a Ham/Being Your Best Self

Me: You agree with what thing I said?
Him: That there's no such thing as a line. It's true. I was saying the stupidest things to this one girl the other day, and she loved every word.

Heartgirl asked me recently if I watched The Pickup Artist, implying that that's where I learned to be the boy I am. But we both know that I made a fool of myself long before that show came out.

Tina Fey's all over the place these days causea Sarah Palin but she cut her teeth in improv. In the vid, she takes one idea and ends on a completely different point entirely. It's fascinating cause you can see how her mind snaps associations together. Rain's like that too in real life (don't send him an email). It's called a Monologue in improv. It's a crucial life skill to be mentally quick on your feet.

Have to say that improv was a one of two major components of being good out and about; the other was a line from a fella named Thomas S. Monson who said, Don't be yourself, be your best self.

Contrary to what most people think, the key to connecting with people isn't to be fake, but very much the opposite: to be as really you as possible - assuming, of course, that the real you's not a douchebag.

Cause you never stumble for words with your friends - you just say what you think. The guys that screw up out and about are the guys that hide who and what they really are:

Her: Well, I have a terrier.
Him: Oh you have a dog. I love dogs. When did you get him? How big is he? How old is he? What do you feed him? Did you always have a dog? What colour is he? Where do you walk him? Um. What do feed him? Oh, I asked that?

Painful right? It was a real conversation. So was this one immediately afterward:

Me: Hi, I'm sorry, couldn't help but overhear that you have a dog. I love dogs.
Her: (bored) Really?
Me: Especially with a twist of lemon and some salt and pepper. Then I like to finish off with a whole wheat donut. (noticing her face) What? Whole wheat donuts are great. Y'know what else's great? Rum...

In a related note, Heartgirl's sister thinks I'm gay. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Heartgirl says it's cause I talk so much with my hands, use words like "lovely," don't play sports and am unabashedly nerdy. But it's who I am.

It's a suckers game to pretend to be someone you're not. Y'can never keep it up. If you watch the vid, here's the thing - everything she's saying is true. It's that honesty that makes it so entertaining, funny and compelling.

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The Game is recommended reading:

  • for guys, mainly cause you gotta think, if this dweeby, skinny, bald dude can ask anyone out...

  • for girls, mainly cause you should know what's out there.

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