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Thursday, January 17, 2008 :::

Insulting Compliments

I was on vacation at one point last year getting my photograph taken in front of some old building or cathedral or something. After the photographer snapped the picture with my camera, I rejoined him to review the photo before moving on. The picture looked okay to me: there I stood, all happy and proud to be there, with a big toothy grin on my face. My pearlies were practically sparkling in the setting afternoon sun. Upon seeing the image of my beaming smile displayed on the back of my digital camera, my acquaintance said:

"You know, you have a really nice closed-mouth smile."

The true meaning of that "compliment" wasn't lost on me. The rest of my photos from that particular vacation bare no teeth.

But I really shouldn't judge. The other day we got on the unfortunate topic of "What animal does each of our friends resemble?" and I told Cherry Nut she reminded me of a big horse. In my head, I was picturing something majestic and proud, with a long flowing mane, kinda like The Black Stallion or something. But regardless, I don't think girls like being called big horses.

For the record, I was told I resembled and orangutan.

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Comparing people to animals is really a no-win situation. I was once told I resembled a gopher and I didn't really appreciate the comparison.

By Anonymous Jess, at 11:22 AM  

In college my friends played the "rat or pig" game -- does so-and-so look like a rat, a pig, a pig-with-rat-tendencies or a rat-with -pig-tendencies? I still have a tendency to sort people that way.

By Blogger Joy, at 11:32 AM  

This is ironic... My mom was just telling me her and friends from work were just doing this.She said she was in a bit of a depression because all the young cute girls were being compared to birds and bunnies and she was compared to a walrus...

a cute walrus

I secretly was impressed with the mom really does look like a cute walrus... really in the most flattering way.

remember when we compared each other to food?
I think you were a burger.
I also compared you to spongebob which was totaly a compliment.We love spongebob...

By Blogger Stacy, at 8:55 PM  

That just makes me wonder... Do I need a better haircut, some sort of dental procedure or something else?

Black Beauty? Still not taking it as a compliment.

Thanks, though. - CherryNut

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:30 AM  

I have been noting people's animal equivalents for years. KWatz is an owl, a coworker and friend is a seal...I've been told I'm a hummingbird. I guess that makes sense bc I can be sorta spastic and all over the place.


By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:28 PM  

OMG you're totally a hummingbird. But I think Kwatts is more possumy.

By Blogger dan, at 5:00 PM  

What a diverse set of ad's along the side of your blog.
I can surf for A horse themed gift for a friend or XXX dating.

What is a horse ringtone?

By Blogger Stacy, at 7:16 AM  

Yes…Dan was cooked burger, and I was a Werther’s Original, which is probably the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me.


By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:22 PM  

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