Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Undermining the alpha male
I've always had this irritation with people who shake your hand like it's some great struggle for dominance, coming in with their palm down and forcing you into a submissive posture. I get an overwhelming urge to either tell them I'm just being friendly, and not looking for a big primate pissing contest, or just to kick them in the nuts. Neither of these things happen of course - the former would probably get me the shit beaten out of me for being a smartarse and the latter because I haven't been in a fight since 6th grade so I'd probably miss their nuts and land flat on my back ready for the bloody pummelling that would surely come. This is my tiny revenge. Oh, and the time I reflexively twisted back and the guy's elbow made this really loud "crack". I felt guilty and oh-so-manly in equal measure. Which means I'm just a primate too, I suppose.
I really like doing these little things where I play with the structure of the page. I used to make Airfix planes when I was a little kid and was fascinated by the plastic frames that all the bits would hang on. I could barely bring myself to throw them away.