People are unique and there are some real characters out there. Tell us about the characters you've met. Unusual people ... strange people ... unique people ... accomplished people ... ??? What characters have you met?
For me, one person sticks out in my mind, my best friend. Stylewise, he is very earthy, almost hippy-ish, in the best way possible. He's a very free spirit, going where he feels his life is taking him without hesitation. He has a knack for getting himself into bad situations, but always accepts them for what they are, and ALWAYS find a way out. When you get to know him, he's very down to earth.
I can describe all day, but I think in essence, a 'character' is made by the way they are able to interact with other people. He has a way of being able to make a fool of himself but leave a great impression.
Not necisarily some I look up to, but he has definitely perfected the art of being himself.
That is correct. Also, if you want to not-so-subtly emphasize that you are the one in charge, then it is "Ya'll boys". If they are doing their job, but draggin' ass about it, then its' "Ya'll boys tighten up'. Or when you see a group of youngsters' doing something profoundly stupid, as a group of boys are wont to do from time to time, its' "ya'll boys aint got no damn sense", or "Tehhelleryalldooin' ?!?!?"
"look", and "understand"? are also power words. As in " I don't want to see you boys playing to close to that ditch bank" will get you a half mumbled "awriitte". But "Look. I don't want to see ya'll boys playin' near the ditch bank, ya understand?" gets' you a well articulated "Yes, sir."
I have two: my friend/roommate Pete and my friend (even though I haven't seen him in a while) Eric. The former is not like anyone I've ever met in my life. He doesn't think like anyone I've ever met anyone either. Our casual conversations ('hey, how was your day?) usually end up in some deep philosophical discussions. He's one of the most interesting people I've ever met.
My friend Eric is a true Renaissance man. He plays and teaches the guitar - is a great cook - and does home improvement. He's also pretty 'artsy' and looks like Warren Beaty in 'Reds.' His ability to figure things out is uncanny. Unfortunately, he's also an underachiever and has some substance abuse problems. I've tried to motivate and help him over the years, but he's determined to do his own thing. However, he's still a true original.
I met a bum once who tried to show me his penis twice, was generally creepy, and clinically insane. Some highlights (besides the indecent exposure): he looked like Jafar from Aladdin when Jafar breaks Aladdin out of jail (missing teeth, beard, thinning hair...) and he tried to convince me he dated Dot from Animaniacs. I was like, "You mean the voice of Dot?" Him: "No. Dot. She was wild, but fun." I don't know what was more surprising: he knew the Animaniacs, or he said that he dated one...
David Francois is exactly right. I am 22 and have been in the exact same situation since I started college.
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