So, last week Brazen Careerist held an event right here in Boston with free food and free drinks. Obviously, I was excited at the chance to eat and be merry for free while meeting some fellow Brazen bloggers, especially since Brazen was nice enough to allow us to invite our friends to the event. Well I sent out an e-mail to a few friends announcing the event and had two confirm they’d attend.
The day of the event my body shut down on me and I ended up falling asleep somewhere between 4-5 in the afternoon. I did not wake from my sickness induced slumber until sometime after 10 PM, still groggy, weary and generally not in a drinking mood. So I ended up missing what turned out to be a wicked awesome event and slightly pissing off two friends in the process.
Anyone who really knows me, knows I hate it when people hold grudges against me, so since then I’ve wondered how to make it up to Brazen Careerist and mis amigos. Well, being the uber-nice guy I am, I’ve decided I’m going to give my two friends a free Celtics ticket and to have Brazen Careerist be the first web-site review over at OTIBR. Sounds insane, eh? Giving away free tickets as an apology for free food and drinks! Well, I enjoy making others happy so it is a bit selfish too.
Plus, this post now gives me something to point to when people call me an a-hole, which happens fairly frequently. Truth is, most people in my city and state lean towards the mean side of personalities, at least on the surface. Heck, we call each other Massholes and actually take great pride in the nickname!
Still, I’ve stated many times that Massachusetts residents are no meaner nor friendlier than residents of any other state. Rather, we have a harsh exterior built up over the years of Sox failures, government incompetence, and insanely high real estate and rental prices. Truth is, we’re a tiny city crammed with people on top of people and the last thing we want is for you to move here! So to discourage anyone from taking up residence in the greatest city in the universe, we act tough, talk weird, drive insanely and generally engage in Masshole behaviors to keep our city population as low as possible. We get it, you too want to live in the Athens of the modern day world, but we didn’t get to be this wicked awesome by welcoming everyone like New York City does.
So, in conclusion I realize this post is a little bit of shameless self-promotion and back patting, but I do hope it shows a good faith effort on my part to not always be the prototypical Masshole. Some of us proud Massholes are in fact nice people, at least sometimes!
And remember, nice guys don’t finish last, we make sure everyone else finished safely!