10 May 2006
Niceness: threat or menace?
We need a definition of the Nice Guy, says Paul of York, and this is his:
Nice Guys ... are guys women do not want to meet but have to sometimes and will never get serious with or be seen with, if possible. Look it up, if you don't believe that.
Nice guys are the ground feeders of the male gender, a suffering gene pool, the male seals kept off the beach, a wandering group of optimistic hopefuls fooling themselves, thinking their likability can convert into love.
Looks like I missed on a couple of counts.
Compare this to Leo Durocher's definition:
"The nice guys are all over there. In seventh place."
The media managed to screw up Durocher's statement, which is remembered as "Nice guys finish last," which is off by at least one position, inasmuch as the major leagues had eight teams each in those days. And I once twisted that 45 degrees or so and came up with "Nice guys let her finish first," which perhaps unsurprisingly played better in theory than in practice.
Then again, to quote Zen master Yogi Berra:
In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.
Which, I have to admit, has a nice symmetry.Posted at 2:39 PM to Table for One