A Purple State of Mind

The longer I’m around, the more I find that I’m a marketer’s challenge. A lawyer’s nightmare. A politician’s headache. And believe me, I know. Because it’s my job to market things. Once upon a time, I was on a jury for almost seven months. And yes, I’ve even worked for politicians. Honestly. And I’m telling you now, I’d hate my type if I were the type.

Because I’m impossible to profile.Well, impossible to accurately profile. Just when you think you’ve got me pegged, I tend to stop, surprise or scare you by accidentally throwing a wrench belief, idea, background or preference. It seems I don’t completely fit into any demographic, geographic or even psychographic pie chart. That’s right. I don’t fit.

Not that I’m a misfit, mind you. Because that’s not quite accurate either. I simply don’t exactly match the segmentations of any particular assumption. Or label.

Now here comes the part where I say I don’t like labels. Which, of course, is like saying, “I’m very pro good health.” Because, honestly. Who does? Like labels. And yet, obviously and oddly, we do seem to spend a lot of time assigning them. To others. To ourselves. To friends, relatives, countrymen. Customers. Groups. Races, cultures, ideas. To states. To beliefs. To values. To most. Including and excluding all.

Or maybe it’s just me.

Ah yes, because you’re a, then you’re obviously b, c, d, e, and f.

And if you’re doing a, then you’re always e, i, o, u and sometimes y.

And you, since you’re wearing j, driving r, and doing q, then you’re obviously g, s, p, l and x. Definitely x.

Right.

But here’s what happens with this. Quite often, if you don’t fit into a particular shape, then you’re labeled undecided. Which I find to be quite inaccurate, because I’m very extremely decided about most everything. (Just ask the HcQ.) However, I’ve also found that my decisions don’t fall into the pattern that you might expect or appreciate. And eventually, they’ll fall into a seemingly random yet quite contemplated pattern with which you completely won’t understand or agree. At all.

And that’s all I’ll say about that.

But I will say that today I was asked to join a certain group. A reconciliation group of sorts. And I agree with the premise and concept almost wholeheartedly…Bring a bunch of different profiles together for connection, discussion, friendship, understanding. (And no, it’s not The Real World.) So that we will all learn that you and me are free to be you and me. And love will abound. (And no, not that kind of love. I already said it’s not The Real World.) In order to create change. Or at least to expand some horizons, including our own.

However, as much as I respect this theory…the practice of bringing types together, as if you were directing a diversity brochure photo shoot, just seems a little, I don’t know, practiced. Contrived. Affected. Artificial. Schmaltzy.

Am I completely jaded? Probably. Skeptical. I know. Terrible. Maybe. After all, how can I find fault in this idea and cause? And how can I not want to be a part of something that is designed to create so much good?

Well, for starters, because I want it to work.

And I can tell you right now, I don’t completely represent the thoughts, the words, or the deeds of the type I’m assigned to represent. And I’m really not even sure what type that is. I have my guesses though. And I can tell you now, I will not represent nor will I keep it real.

On another note, I’m also guessing, I’m not selected to represent the over age 65 group. However, you wouldn’t know that if you read the direct mail I received today. An AARP specialty item catalog. Addressed specifically to me. What the heck did I purchase or sign up for to make some marketing company think I fell into that category?

Like I said, marketer’s challenge. Even my TiVo can’t figure me out. Yesterday, it recorded Doodlebops, The Pimp Chronicles, Inside the NFL (in Spanish) and yes, The Real World.

And if TiVo doesn’t get me, who will?

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0 Responses to A Purple State of Mind

  1. Jenny says:

    I'm so intrigued as to what this group is. A mommy and me group? Family therapy? A reality show? OH MY GOD ARE YOU GOING ON BIG BROTHER?! Because that would be awesome and terrible all rolled up into one.I want more here. More details. Soon.

  2. laurie says:

    i LOVE the idea that you were asked to be on a reality show, because, yes. that is exactly what it sounds like. come clean — are you gonna be on Drawn Together? or is it a political thing? like barak obama & john mccain formed a group to see if maybe we can't just all get along. (or at least get a senator elected president for a change.)do tell!

  3. Bek says:

    I am also totally intrigued…. The rest of this is totally off the topic of this post but I wanted to comment on a few things from post's previous..Hurricane's hair is great. I did a photoshoot today of a little boy his age right before he got his big boy haircut. You did a great job (but he does slightly resemble Lloyd from Dumb and Dumber…) ;-) I loved the RObeez and you inspired me to get the blue penguins for Cubby and the pink ones for Squeaky. Thanks for the temption…I mean encouragement.I am right now, this very second eating a sandwich made from your yummy chickne salad recipie and the pumpkin risotto is just waiting to be put together for dinner. Yum and Yum. You are amazing. Keep the recipies coming. Have you made the Barefoot Contessa Pecan Bar's yet? I am a huge fan of all things pecan (esp the pie) and was raised a souther girl..but these are far and away the BEST pecan bars ever. I'll send the recipie if you want it. Now…. back to the reality tv thing……

  4. Fizzle says:

    i didn't read it all (short attention span today) but viva los misfits. i think that's the only line i could skim with clarity.return to regular reading tomorrah….

  5. Super Zoe says:

    Screw TiVo – I will get you! The next time someone from CcQ (College con Queso) shows surprise at our friendship, I am directing them to this blog entry. Super Zoe + Kufu forevah!In the interest of diversity, I am going to drink red wine, beer, champagne and vodka tonics this week! Am I totally Benetton or what?! And how apropos is College con Queso?! Maybe College de Queso is better.

  6. Super Zoe says:

    And even though I love and accept you unconditionally, I WILL love you more on if you go on BIG BROTHER. Um, not that I watch it or anything…

  7. Lady M says:

    Don't choose Big Brother – choose Dancing with the Stars. You can represent the blogger demographic!

  8. Kristen says:

    I'm with you, GCQ. Hard to label, not really representative of any group. I do find myself alwasys searching (secretly) for a group that maybe I haven't known exists and will be "my people"…but I know realistically, none of us *really* have that.

  9. Robyn says:

    Call me jaded, but aren't you too thoughtful and smart to be on a reality show?And Hurricane is absolutely adorable. Post as many pictures as you want.

  10. Eric says:

    Hmmm. The term "reconciliation group" has really thrown me. Isn't that the name of the council that formed to ease the transition from the apartheid era in South Africa? If you're really been asked to join that, I think that's great. Although you'd probably have to telecommute. Anyway, congrats!

  11. lildb says:

    my tivo doesn't get me, either.sometimes I'm pissed off about it, and sometimes it makes me really, really happy.sometimes both.sometimes neither.mehhh.

  12. Girl con Queso says:

    All: Not a reality show. Sadly. Although I think I'd kill on the Bachelor. No. Literally. I'd kill someone. Dead.Bek: I love it. Very cool.SZ: Totally. Love it.Kristen: I say we start our own group.Robyn: Thanks all around.Eric: Closest guess. Although no fun trips to South Africa. If so, I'd totally do it. And they could sterotype me all the day long. Because I would be in Africa. The end.

  13. Girl con Queso says:

    stereotype

  14. mark says:

    I've read this post a couple times now and I can't come up with anything clever or witty to write in the comments. I know exactly what you mean, though. A classmate summed it up pretty well late last week when he said, "You know, I can see you fitting right in at a bowling alley or a 5 star restaurant." He's right, and I agree – with only a change of clothes I can fit into just about any group or situation but none of them are a perfect fit. Like you – I don't fit neatly into any one category. Great post.

  15. Stephanie says:

    You're scaring me. You're not going to work for the UN, are you? 'Cause THEY scare me. But so does jello. And monkeys that throw poo.But I totally know what you mean about not fitting in any demographic, since I'm a former-fundamentalist-Jesus-freak-fag-hag-wannabe-mommy-disco-queen-symphony-diva-whose husband is a Trekkie and whose daughter likes Al Green. Yeah! Whatever the group is, have fun being the outlier. And smile a lot. With a twinkle in your eye. Total power!

  16. KCG says:

    Great post.

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