Friday, September 15, 2006
Sometimes that's a good thing, sometimes it isn't.
Today it was not.
Normally I am not astonished. I assume the absolute worst thing is going to happen in every situation, and it almost always does.
But today I made a mistake. I assumed that human nature was basically good. I don't know where that came from.
Anyway, I was just looking at the cast sheet for "Reckless", and I saw I got Tom Jr. Jesse came over and looked to see that he got Dr. S. At this point, he asked me who I was. I answered "Tom Jr."
He turned to me to speak. I assumed it'd be something along the lines of "Congratulations". This was my mistake. I thought human nature was basically good.
"I thought I did a better Tom Jr. than you," he said.
My brain shut off. I was astonished by what he said. And I was also astonished that I was actually astonished. I hadn't felt surprised in such a long time.
When people are surprised, generally they go into a sort of defensive mode. It is why girls scream when the lights go off or when someone scares them.
I might've punched him right there if my brain worked that way. Luckily, it doesn't. It went searching for an insulting reply. It came up with one shortly, and I prepared to say my line:
"Maybe that's because you don't know you suck."
I never got it out.
Gabe, standing next to me, sensed that I was about to say something immediately. He jumped in quickly, saying "It's probably because we were smaller than you."
My brain turned back on. I remembered that Jesse was my friend. I smiled and agreed with Gabe.
The funny thing with this story is that Jesse is right. He did do a better Tom Jr. than me. I don't know why my brain does that.
Anyway the moral of the story is that you should always set your standards so very low that you assume that basically everyone is a lazy, evil slob.
Wait no. Cynical is my thing.
I guess the moral of the story is that I should either learn to control myself during astonishment or just maintain my level of cynicism.
Oh yeah. The picture I took myself. It's called "portrait of a carnation". Basically I just opened the aperture alot, letting in tons of light.