Thursday, December 18, 2008

Perception and Mystery

Do you ever find that some things really bother you, but for some reason you can't quite put your finger on it? Really? You do? Great! This isn't one of those times.

Quick. Let's play a game of "Who am I?", shall we?

This great man was described as follows:

"...as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city ever knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough in the good old world."
Was he a member of the clergy? Nope. Was he some great politician? Heavens no! You don't believe there's such a thing, do you?

What about a generous philanthropist? That he most certainly was, but that is not how the world remembers him. No. This wonderful man's name is synonymous with selfishness, greed, misery and a total and complete dearth of concern for the welfare of anyone other than himself.

Have you guessed who the mystery man is? If you're my wife there's no mystery. Wait. That doesn't sound good. Sweetie, if you're reading this, there's still plenty of mystery, I swear. What I mean is that you already know the answer, so you don't count. Uh . . . that sounds even worse. Time to shut up.

Anyway, I was going to go ahead and tell you who I am talking about, and then do a little ranting and pontification. I think, however, that it will be more fun to play a little guessing game. At least it seems like fun at the moment. I'm tired, so I could be terribly wrong. If you know the secret identity of the man in question, leave your guess in the comments. If you're right, you'll be rewarded--but only if you didn't use Google. If you do cheat and use Google, please don't spoil it by posting the answer.

Thanks for stopping by!

10 comments:

Rebecca said...

*I* know the answer, but I'm not telling.

Excellent first post, my dear! I laughed out loud.

You know, now this means you have ability to comment on my posts. Just sayin'.

Heather of the EO said...

I have absolutely NO idea, but I'm still leaving a comment. Because new blogs are cool :)

Karen said...

It sounded familiar, but I couldn't remember. I also couldn't wait, so I googled it. Duh me! Of course!

Heidi Ashworth said...

Scrooge?

mindyluwho said...

Heidi took my guess. Hmmmm...I'm on pins and needles and trying to keep myself from Googling...

Jeni said...

The clue is in the passage itself. Recognize the distinct style of the author, and by that you can draw the obvious conclusion...

Abra said...

I have no idea, reminds me of an Italy for some reason.

Nancy Face said...

No Clue! :D

Welcome to the Land of Blog, hubby of cute Rebecca! :)

She's in the kitchen! said...

My guess cannot count because I have "inside information". My sense of deduction has given me the answer, so I googled to make sure....Yes, my senses have not deceived me! Welcome to blogdom, James, you put me to shame...as I started a blog, but have yet to write more! Oh, well, we'll just read yours.......ha ha!

Heidi Ashworth said...

Nine comments on your first post! That is impressive! You are going to be a supah stah!!