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OK so we're walking through this huge mall...
November 5, 2006
11:59 pm
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and we're talking and laughing and then I'm walking alone and my gf has disappeared on me yet again into a store and I have to look all over to figure out where she went.

Oh there! She's in another jewelry store. An expensive one again! She/We cannot cannot afford anything under that jewelry counter. I feel UNDER-dressed just following her in there to coax her back out!

"Why do you keep getting sucked into those stores, C?" I ask. She just laughs. "I don't know," she says, "It must be the 'Loretta' in me. I see something shimmery and shiny and I cannot resist! Did you see that TIARA in there?"

And that sent us into a whole day of laughing with our new game......

I had a perfect image of a Loretta, with her eyes dancing to the sparkle of glitz and glamour and shiny baubles, smiling an eternally effervescent smile of Cinderella excitement.

OK, I said, I guess there's a little 'Loretta' in me sometimes, but there's probably more in me of the earth-mother type with large hoop earrings and flowing skirt, peasant blouse and long flowing hair. "I know her, too", says C, "I think her name is 'Spring'". Yeah, I agree, her name could be 'Spring'......

We pressed on, starting to find a real name for each preconceived image. It was turning into a game. "OMG," I gasped when I realized we could transfer this image-game to caricatures of men. "What about that really good-looking ego-maniac in college who charmed you into going out with him, took you to the game or maybe a movie and a COKE, no dinner, and then tried to get you to DO IT in the back seat of his car on the first date?" "'Lance'", my pal C fired back at me. "Really?" I'm thinking. "Are you sure it isn't 'Troy'?"

I know we're on to something here, because either way, we've been able to track down a personality type, pack it into a nutshell and slap a lable on it and it feels wonderfully empowering and just horribly funny. We added dozens of profiles of "people we have known" who fit a classic pattern, and then NAMED them. What a hoot!

You can't just come up with some name that's already a given image like a famous character from a movie or book. It has to come from your own personal experience. We went back and forth -- gave a nutshell description and the other one had to give a name to the personality, or just threw out a name and the other one has to give the description.

OK, so here goes if you want to play the game: what's the name of this woman who has every closet, cupboard and drawer in her house organized, all her recipes in recipe boxes where she can locate any one she needs quickly, house is clean and maintained regularly, she looks well-manicured and well-dressed ALL the time etc. and she is sweet, thoughtful and caring with everyone???

November 6, 2006
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June?

November 6, 2006
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Sorry, that was the famous "June Cleaver".

It has to be from our own experience...

So Grandma would be my answer, which would be "Ellen".

November 6, 2006
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Great! Hi, Jenni.

Sorry if it sounds like I'm making up rules as I GO, but if Ellen is your actual Grandma's name, then that probably isn't naming the image.

I think it's funny only when you pull up the name of this character from your "personal" log of pre-conceived biases and prejudices.

November 6, 2006
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OK -- try to name this big-haired, red-headed woman who is flirty and snapping her gum and when she leans over her skirt is a little too short and she's a little too old for it....

and you can add details to the image if you want....

November 6, 2006
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Ummm...Candie!

(For some reason, "Flo" came to mind, LOL!)

November 6, 2006
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Ok, and Candie also wears WAAAY too much make up! (Bright blue eye shadow) and she has a pink flamingo in her front yard!

Did I figure this out right, Brynnie?

November 6, 2006
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Awesome. My kind of game player! (with her good gf Bambi?)

OK. I need a name for this guy with the very expensive road bike who will never go off to the side of the road even if you beep at him. His outfit is green and gold spandex, biker build, very obsesive about what he eats and conversations with him are about his last athletic exploit and what new thing he intends to buy.

November 6, 2006
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I have to go to bed. Feel free to play with this, ANYONE. It's kind of an exercise in thinking about how we think. Goodnight.

November 6, 2006
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His name would definitely be, Sean.

November 6, 2006
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How about a girl who doesn't like to buy anything, very frugal with her money. Has no job, but not poor. Not lazy, just has a lot going on. She goes to school and her parents are completely protective of her, whether or not she's living under their roof or not.

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Lad number two:
Very laid back male with a strong, but hidden, emotional side. Not so much frugal, but likes to spend money on big expensive things and saves up to buy them, not just spend randomly. He's very caring and sometimes overprotective.

November 6, 2006
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I would say her name would be Susan. Susan Stepford.

And she doesn't exist 🙂

November 6, 2006
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Yeah, Susan is good -- and isn't she kind of indecisive and sensitive and maybe worries alot, too???

November 6, 2006
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Ok, who was that big body builder guy at the mall, working in the GNC, who felt you needed so much assistance in "browsing", that he gave a very LONG presentation on all the products they carry, and ended his speech in telling you his schedule and the hours he works there, should you ever wanted to come back to shop?

November 6, 2006
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That body builder is definitely Brad.

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