…what would you say?
I’m curious. Based on what you know of me, how would you describe me to a friend, family member, or some otherÂ random person?
When I think of my friends and acquaintances, there are certain thoughts I attach to them.
“He’s a really good actor.”
“She’s the nicest person ever.”
“He’s obnoxious, but otherwise a standup guy.”
“She’s one of the most intelligent people I know.”
“He’s a lot like me.”
It’s all metaphor, of course. When you’re describing anything (person, place, or thing) to someone who’s never heard of that thing, you have to put it into terms they understand. “He’s a lot like me,” is a phrase I can only use when I’m talking to someone who knows me well. “She’s the nicest person ever,” is an exaggeration (although she may actually be the nicest person ever, there’s no way to know) that sets up the third person’s expectation for when s/he meets the supposed nicest person ever.
Depending on how you know me–as a friend, as a family member, or as a Web site that you check out every once in awhile–you’ll have a different opinion of me. Some of you know my best strengths and my biggest weaknesses. And you’ll remember what you’ve seen the most in me and/or what’s most important to you, personally.
As well, your description might depend on the circumstances surrounding your description of me to another person.
Some of you only know me through this site, and your impressions are entirely based on what you’ve read on Scatterthought over the years. In many ways, I’m most curious as to what you think.
Some of you probably think I’m a jerk. And hey, that’s valid too. Everyone’s entitled to an opinion.
Some of you might think I’m inconsistent and maybe even hypocritical, whereas others think I’m good at adjusting my responses to the unique situation at hand. That’s going to depend entirely on your view of the world.
I could go on, but I’ve already said too much. I want your opinion. So fire away.
I know this could be dangerous. I could either get a massive ego boost or be slammed by everyone who decides to hit that feedback button. Either way, that’s cool. I’m looking for honesty, and I’m not going to censor something just cuz I don’t like what I’m hearing (unless it’s unnecessarily profane or obscene).
What jumps into your head? Write as little or as much as you want. Just fill in the blank, or say more if you think it’s necessary. It’s entirely up to you.
So let’s set the mood and send you off to the races.
“Yeah, I know this guy Russ Wong. He’s ___________.”