Thursday, July 21, 2005

The truth via Rich

I am reposting this from Richs blog - well cause it needs to be said. If I have one more girlfriend call me about some jerk but when I point out how cool so and so is.... forget it just read below and go give Rich his props


This is a tribute to the nice guys. The nice guys that finish last, that never become more than friends, that endure hours of whining and bitching about what assholes guys are, while disproving the very point. This is dedicated to those guys who always provide a shoulder to lean on but restrain themselves to tentative hugs, those guys who hold open doors and give reassuring pats on the back and sit patiently outside the changing room at department stores. This is in honor of the guys that obligingly reiterate how cute/beautiful/smart/funny/sexy their female friends are at the appropriate moment, because they know most girls need that litany of support. This is in honor of the guys with open minds, with laid-back attitudes, with honest concern. This is in honor of the guys who respect a girl’s every facet, from her privacy to her theology to her clothing style.This is for the guys who escort their drunk, bewildered female friends back from parties and never take advantage once they’re at her door, for the guys who accompany girls to bars as buffers against the rest of the creepy male population, for the guys who know a girl is fishing for compliments but give them out anyway, for the guys who always play by the rules in a game where the rules favor cheaters, for the guys who are accredited as boyfriend material but somehow don’t end up being boyfriends, for all the nice guys who are overlooked, underestimated, and unappreciated, for all the nice guys who are manipulated, misled, and unjustly abandoned, this is for you.This is for that time she left 40 urgent messages on your cell phone, and when you called her back, she spent three hours painstakingly dissecting two sentences her boyfriend said to her over dinner. And even though you thought her boyfriend was a chump and a jerk, you assured her that it was all ok and she shouldn’t worry about it. This is for that time she interrupted the best killing spree you’d ever orchestrated in GTA3 to rant about a rumor that romantically linked her and the guy she thinks is the most repulsive person in the world. And even though you thought it was immature and you had nothing against the guy, you paused the game for two hours and helped her concoct a counter-rumor to spread around the floor. This is also for that time she didn’t have a date, so after numerous vows that there was nothing “serious” between the two of you, she dragged you to a party where you knew nobody, the beer was awful, and she flirted shamelessly with you, justifying each fit of reckless teasing by announcing to everyone: “oh, but we’re just friends!” And even though you were invited purely as a symbolic warm body for her ego, you went anyways. Because you’re nice like that.The nice guys don’t often get credit where credit is due. And perhaps more disturbing, the nice guys don’t seem to get laid as often as they should. And I wish I could logically explain this trend, but I can’t. From what I have observed on campus and what I have learned from talking to friends at other schools and in the workplace, the only conclusion I can form is that many girls are just illogical, manipulative bitches. Many of them claim they just want to date a nice guy, but when presented with such a specimen, they say irrational, confusing things such as “oh, he’s too nice to date” or “he would be a good boyfriend but he’s not for me” or “he already puts up with so much from me, I couldn’t possibly ask him out!” or the most frustrating of all: “no, it would ruin our friendship.” Yet, they continue to lament the lack of datable men in the world, and they expect their too-nice-to-date male friends to sympathize and apologize for the men that are jerks. Sorry, guys, girls like that are beyond my ability to fathom. I can’t figure out why the connection breaks down between what they say (I want a nice guy!) and what they do (I’m going to sleep with this complete ass now!). But one thing I can do, is say that the nice-guy-finishes-last phenomenon doesn’t last forever. There are definitely many girls who grow out of that train of thought and realize they should be dating the nice guys, not taking them for granted. The tricky part is finding those girls, and even trickier, finding the ones that are single.So, until those girls are found, I propose a toast to all the nice guys. You know who you are, and I know you’re sick of hearing yourself described as ubiquitously nice. But the truth of the matter is, the world needs your patience in the department store, your holding open of doors, your party escorting services, your propensity to be a sucker for a pretty smile. For all the crazy, inane, absurd things you tolerate, for all the situations where you are the faceless, nameless hero, my accolades, my acknowledgement, and my gratitude go out to you. You do have credibility in this society, and your well deserved vindication is coming.

That's what I'll talking about right there!!!

6 Comments:

Blogger Dee said...

Very nice......as i turn off the computer to go look for said nice guys....hell I am Newly single and I have yet to run into one!!! Can you send a few my way?

2:28 PM  
Blogger CousinSarah said...

You are right about it. Sometimes it can take such tramatic growing pains to figure out you cannnot save the bad ones and allow yourself happiness with the good ones. I toast them also. They make the world a better place.

2:46 PM  
Anonymous Benticore said...

But since when did anybody REALLY know what they want. I think there needs to be a distinction made between a nice guy and a pushover. Some of the stuff that guy rich said would be total pushover stuff that I wouldn't do. I mean, its one thing to let a girl cry on your shoulder about some guy while you have feelings for her. That crap happens sometimes. But its a whole other game when she brings you to a party and flirts with you but then tells you that she's just friends with you and all that. Thats not being nice. Thats being had. What she's doing in that relationship is exerting her power over the man, who doesnt have enought self respect to tell her to back off. Letting somebody kick you in the face doesnt mean you're nice. Not kicking them back means you're nice. Not letting them kick you at all mean's you have a modicum of self respect. I think a lot of guys give up their self respect for the chance that a girl MIGHT think 'Oh wow, he's given up so much just to make me smile. maybe I should give him a shot.' when in reality what really happens is (and this goes for both guys and girls cause both sexes do it equally) 'Oh wow, he's given up so much just to make me smile. I wonder what else I can get.' It might come across as being bitter or jaded, but I dont think I am. I just think that, while some nice guys do finish last, other people trade away their self-respect for the title of 'Nice Guy' so that when they DO finish last they have a way of consoling themselves. At least I'm a nice guy, they say. Blah!

....okay...so...maybe I AM a bit bitter....Whatever! *walks into the corner grumbling to himself*

11:26 AM  
Blogger Queue said...

And to think - that's the nice guy I married....

11:30 AM  
Blogger sonyared said...

Here is my shout out to the nice guys, woman often overlook them, and I want them to know hey I looked for you all for a long time and never found you..LOL. I found the opposites..but I did finally luck out and grabbed me a "niceum" up! Great post and much love to our "niceumms".

1:27 PM  
Blogger Pariah said...

umm, I think I'm going to go cry now...

3:20 AM  

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