have a lot of faults.
big surprise. one of them is i have this thing about trust. when i
was nineteen i worked at a record store. everyone trusted me there.
whats a good record for my aerobics class? dead or alive? never heard
of them, but ok. hey whats a good record to relax to? hey whats
a good record for my little kid? but working at the record store
made me literally four dollars an hour. people said i was a good salesman.
i never considered it sales to tell someone the truth but when it
became obvious to me that it was time for me to start earning some
serious cash, i got a shirt and a tie and i started selling televisions
at this huge electronics store. suddenly people stopped trusting me.
or so i had thought. the problem is of course you trust record store
kid and of course youre weary of circuit city guy. but as i got more
knowledgeable about what i was selling i started getting immediately
pissed off when total strangers didnt instantly hand over to me all
of their trust just because my badge said tony on it. just because
i knew i wouldnt rip them off, for some reason i thought that they
could pick up that esp and i hold that ridiculous not-so-subconsious
belief to this day.
one of my faults is that i am an idealistic fuck and because the people
didnt trust me i only worked harder. i was a top salesman and easily
the friendliest but still there was that natural wall but it bugged
me so i quit and worked at a gas station in beverly hills for eight
months. when i came back to sales i destroyed all records. i gave away
sales to my friends and i still kicked ass. and during that time i also
realized another one of my lingering faults and that is that if i respect
someone and they dare me to do something i will always go for the dare
no matter how utterly stupid it is and even if it goes against my beliefs
as a christian, a struggling young black man living in america, a rock
and roll fan, or as a decent tax paying human being bent on the promise
of a brighter day. one of the best ads that i ever wrote for rockdotcom
said i dare you to send me your resume. so when my friend said i dare
you to do your website with no naked ladies on it i said fuckr.
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