Thursday, December 01, 2005

The Walls Have Ears, Eyes And A Mouth.

What's your reputation?

Good, Bad, or other...everyone has some type of reputation.

In a small town like the one I live in, it's not six degrees of separation, it's like 2.5.
Anywhere you go, someone knows you or knows about you, whether you like it or not.
For a guy, it's not normally a horrible thing, even a bad reputation can be good sometimes.

Have a rep as a hard case? Nobody fucks with you.
Have a rep for being fast and loose with the opposite sex? Everybody fucks you. (Or wants to.)
Have a reputation for not caring about reputations? Then everyone tells you the dirt on everybody else.

Once a bad reputation is established, however, changing it can be a bitch. Most of the time you are either trying to explain or justify past actions, or completely denying total falsehoods that have attached themselves to you. I find that with my reputation (in some circles,) if I did half of the things they say I did, I would be a legend of porn-like status, with no time to eat or sleep because I'm too busy cavorting with obviously loose-tongued women.

But a good reputation is a thing of gold.

If you have a rep for being a hard working guy who thinks big and gives 100% in everything he does, then doors will open for you in your chosen profession. Reputation for honesty and diligence? Keep that puppy fresh, it's a limited quantity nowadays.

But back to the original question: What's your reputation? Do you like it? Good or Bad? Evil? Have you tried to change it? Do you care? Am I going to stop asking things or do I have a hard on for the question mark?

Some of these can be answered I'm sure.


  1. I think you do have a hard-on for the question mark.

    As for my rep, I really don't know what I've got. I know Joey's a prince (which is why we trash him whenever we can) and CrazyJohn's just crazy, but I just don't know how I fare in the retelling. I hope somewhere in between.

    Of course, if you believe one sole source, I am the antichrist. Luckily, no one does. phew! Then again, I guess it all goes to rep again.

  2. you can change your rep with a slight relocation, that is for sure.
    but maybe time will just let it go
    and if you live in a smaller area, it takes more time.

    but business is different
    i guess in your buisness a reputation is a good thing to carry with you.

    especially if you have that missing 31/2-5 year period on your resume

    "oh, i heard you went away for sodomizing a horse"
    no really i was finding myself
    "oh i remember your face from the mcd's"
    a horse!... no not me... that doesnt happen in it really wasnt me...really