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The Trickle - Egocentricity

October 22, 2009 - Brian Ferry

I'm the Man

I'll get to PaperMeister Bob's blog here in a minute. The other day in the newsroom, Q-bert was sitting at the Photoshop machine at the far end (from me) of the room. Lydia turned around and asked Allen what he was working on. He said, "I'm the man." He now denies that he said that, but there can be little doubt. So, now, when anyone in the newsroom doesn't hear a question that is directed at them, and sometimes just for the heck of it, we say, "I'm the man." This is different from my habit at my old job at a not-so-far-to-the-south newspaper of saying "I don't mean to brag, but I am the greatest." (I don't know if that line is copyrighted by either Ali or White Men Can't Jump (hopefully not)) Actually, it was typically delivered in more of a bellow than a normal tone of voice. The people at that newspaper understood. I just had to do that now and then. I still use that line when I email them, but I think it loses something in transmission. Back to the Patchen. So, he thinks he's clever for imagining that little scene in his "The side of Ferry..." blog? Well, first of all, I like Asymmetric and Onion. If I pushed Asymmetric down, I wouldn't kick him. I'm not Papa Sooth, here. And if I took Onion's cup of water it would be because I happened to be thirsty, not because I wanted to dump in on him. However, if I took the PaperMeister's office, I would have him install a window before he left. I might even let him use tools. I would then sit in my office and chuckle/chortle like Jabba the Hut all day long. Why? I can do what I want.


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