After my previous post, one of my faithful readers suggested I might consider the flip-side of my Marryability argument. I don't know, in the interest of humility or honesty or something. Well, never let it be said I don't value the input of my readers. Last time I gave you the reasons I am a catch. Here are the reasons you might have to release:
2. I never eat at the table. For some reason, I have to be watching something or reading something while I'm eating. I'm not sure this explains why you can often find me eating shrimp cocktails on the couch downstairs at 1AM while watching downloaded episodes of "Fringe," but it's a start.
3. I refuse to use emoticons. This one goes for dumb acronyms, too. Six months ago a girl rejected me via text, and the last line of her message was seriously "Best of luck 2 U." I felt like I was getting dumped by MC Hammer. Yes, emoticons and hip acronyms may help the interpretation of your tone (IE, sarcasm), but honestly, if you're a decent writer, that shouldn't be a problem.
4. I hate country music. Let me rephrase that: I hate hate hate hate hate hate hate country music. This will not change.
5. I hate minivans and SUV's. I love to drive, and I'm hard pressed to think of two vehicles that negate that passion more, whether you're behind their wheels or just stuck behind them on a long road. Yet these are the vehicles you need once your family passes a certain threshold. I honestly think I'd rather drive a school bus.
6. I own a $500 Bean Bag. It sounds better if you know that it has a retail value of $1,100. But not much. And if you think that's bad, you should hear how much my camera lenses cost.
7. I am a nerd. Maybe the video game thing isn't a problem for me, but my inner geek was branded the minute I jumped in my car and set out for Comic-Con 2007. Or the minute I approached George Lucas in a Chicago mall. Or...well, pretty much since this happened.
8. I have a diminished vertical leap. All great athletes have to adapt their games late in their careers. Karl Malone developed a jump shot. Michael Jordan did underwear commercials with Kevin Bacon. I used to be a short speedy guy who could catch you from behind on fast breaks. Now I'm a short slightly more built guy who just pushes you out of the way.
10. I like who I am. There's a prevalent idea out there that suggests every girl gets married with the intention of molding her husband into the man she wants him to be. I have caught glimpses of this on different dates over the years, and it did not go over well. I like who I am. I like my Velvet Elvis paintings. I know I have weaknesses, and I am working on them. But let me repeat: I like who I am.
11. I am a stubborn, defiant, competitive SOB who follows his gut and doesn't like to be nagged. In other words, I am a man.