13 November 2005

Johnny Lingo this, sucker.

This post is prompted by Jon's comment on my last post about me taking the "reverse Johnny Lingo" approach.

Johnny Lingo can lick my dirty socks for all I care. I'm sick and tired of girls thinking they need to wait for Johnny Lingo to show up with his mangy cows before they know how beautiful or valuable they are. I was interested in a guy once who, when we were sitting and talking alone, told me I was intimidating. When I asked him why, he said it's because I'm the first one to say how beautiful and great I am, but that should be his job. Well, he obviously hadn't done it yet. Why should I wait for him to get up the nerve to state the obvious? Because he never did. It's not like my natural beauty is hidden and will automatically appear as soon as he says it. That's what happened in the Johnny Lingo flick and I think that's warped. Buy yourself some cows and some Frizz Ease and wash your face. That's all he did for Mahana. Geez.

I wrote my last post mostly because it's funny and mostly because it's true. Do you know how many of the "beautiful" people that we worship on TV and in magazines are seriously plain looking in real life? It's make-up. And publicity. How many times have you thought someone was just ok until someone else raved about how gorgeous, talented, funny they are and then you thought so too? It's all propaganda. Preach your own propaganda. You deserve it.

Here are some fantastic quotes from a funny and somewhat crass little book called, "The Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love," by Jill Conner-Browne.

"They shouldn't be handing out awards for being lucky enough not to be born a dog ball. Life holds few pleasures, if any, more exalted than riding on a float in a sparkly dress with a crown on one's head... What matters, however, is how you get that crown. We're not about to do tricks on national TV for a crown. In life... it's vitally important that you buy your own crown and declare yourself Queen, and then spend the rest of your life living in to that. Pretty will last a short time, at best, but stupid, that can last forever. Fortunately, so can smart."

Don't get me wrong, I love it when men tell me I'm beautiful. And I do think it's part of their job. But if it's their job to tell me I'm great, then it's my job to pay in kind. But I refuse to wait for a gentleman to tell me something before I'll believe it. If I'm already convinced by the time the right one comes along, it won't be news, like it was for my mother. He won't have to constantly try to convince me. I'll accept his compliment with a knowing smile and tell him how absolutely fantastic he is.

My favorite Jon quote:
"You're a pack o' dynamite and I wouldn't have you any other way." Jon, you truly are the Jimmy Stewart of my life. Handsome, talented, funny, and a gentleman. Thanks.


Jon said...

Oh, no. Don't misinterpret my comment. I totally agree with you. Heck, you convinced me!

"Merry Christmas, Mr. Potter!"

That's my favorite movie, by the way.

Em said...

Kat and Liz used to tackle me trying to get my to say that I'm pretty.

I can't do it.

Leah Vanessa said...

That's because saying that you're merely pretty is like admitting that you think you're average. Try using words like gorgeous, beautiful, absolutely fabulous. Because you're all of those. Pretty's for suckers.

k@ said...

i, myself, am a 5 cow woman.

Dilly said...

Thank you for coming to my blog, so I could come to yours and experience your writing and thoughts. I like your writing, and your thought process.

nama said...

thanks leah for making me feel beautiful :)

& p.s. jon, that's one of my favorite movies, too. makes me cry everytime...

Ritz said...

Amen Nessa. Forget Lingo...It's all about SELF image. if you hate you so will they.
If you love you so will they!

Kimberly said...

I told a guy a few days ago that I was gorgeous. Ha! Poor sucker didn't know what to say. "Should I agree zealously, or tone it down a bit?" I think that's what what going through his mind. ;)

JB said...

I like the way you think. :) You don't need a man or anyone else to tell you you're great. Just be great, feel great, and other people will believe it.

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