Friday, September 08, 2006

B-b-b-but I like you...

A few days ago, Wife and I were watching The Late Show with Conan O'Brien, as we do of an evening, and we were particularly psyched to see one of his guests was The Donald himself.

I'm a big fan of The Donald. Wife, too. But as the conversation unfolded between these two great men, it became apparent that The Donald wouldn't like me. That's a shame, because I think I'm a pretty fantastic guy, but you know, it's his loss. What more can I say?

And why wouldn't he like me? I'm sure anyone reading this is just dying to know. Well, it's because he doesn't like tattoos. Indeed, he dislikes tattoos so much that he's even written about it in this post on his blog.

I guess there goes my chance of ever winning the US version of The Apprentice. Still, I shan't hold it against him when I next bump into him in Manhattan. Maybe I'll even try to convince him of the error of his ways.


Blogger The_'Real'_Batman said...

that's silly. But Donald Trump is great, firstly because he invests in Scotland, secondly because he started the ace TV show the Apprentice and thirdly because he has the most bizarrely awful haircuts. YOu never know. Maybe he'll make an exception with you.

08 September, 2006 19:22  
Anonymous lee said...

haha, i guess i'm off his favorite list too. no loss as far as i'm concerned. my best tattoo story ever

08 September, 2006 19:41  
Blogger Martha Elaine Belden said...

welp, guess he wouldn't like me either... at least we're all in good company :)

08 September, 2006 21:05  
Anonymous Sir Stewart Wallace said...

Thats quite some barnet that fellas sporting.

08 September, 2006 21:38  
Blogger Camie Vog said...

If you were on the show, you'd be wearing a suit and tie everytime he saw you. How would he know? And if you won, you could strip off the jacket and shirt to expose a parting surprise.

08 September, 2006 22:18  
Blogger Kate said...

He wouldn't like you because of your tattoos! Never mind, at least you don't have a terrible comb-over.

08 September, 2006 22:35  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

I am so fascinated by his show The Apprentice. I feel like I learned so much from it. I think the secret is to not have too much of ones personality with certain things about tattoos be an issue to the game or to business.

I have often wondered if Donald and I could work together. (fantasizing about being on The Show!)

I have to believe that he has a sensitivity to an artists or tribal personality somewhere. Afterall his show had an episode about selling art and gallery management and art dealing. he seemed very supportive of the temperment of outsiders...

I can partly understand why Trump is offput by tattoos. His brother was a hardcore alchoholic and died from drinking. Trump loved his brother and has never ever had a drink of alchohol his entire life. i can see...from his blog post why a tattoo might threaten him...if he associates it with substance abuse and prison. He is misinformed because a survey can find out many things but the survey eh quotes only was about class and drug/prison stats.

Chances are...a survey about tatsporting folks in another five years or so will reveal other interesting patterns. Like rock music, alternative music, creatiity levels, alternative economic choices, environmental personal ethics...just a s a start. We need to consider Trump fear of tats as a asign of the world he came from and a morality that is challenged right now. he might just like you and I after all. Whatever stats you represent with your tats imagine how put off by ME he would be....miss down with civilization and farming and The Man.

One time Donald Trump's ( about ten or so years ago....long before The Apprentice) limo broke down. His driver was out trying to change the flat tire and a car pulled up behind them, and the driver got out and helped change the tire. At some point Trump opened a window and thanked the man, and asked what he could do to thank him...and the man said oh wow, my wife loves you and she won't believe me when I tell her I stopped and it turned out to be you! And Trump said, give me your address and I'll send your wife flowers. The man was so thrilled and thanked him and gave him his address.

About a month passed and no flowers and the wife was like, yeah right honey. but they did show up. And in the card with the flowers the note said..."oh and I paid off your mortgage too."

08 September, 2006 23:37  
Blogger tideliar said...

Is that true Candy?! I so want to believe that! :D

And as to teh Trumpster not liking folks with tattoos, that alienates him from at least a third of Americans then...Ho hum.

08 September, 2006 23:57  
Blogger tideliar said...

...just saw this on his site (finally read it...)

"The researchers found that people who drink, do drugs, have spent time in jail or have given up religion are more likely to be tattooed."

Nice one. Guess apply to me, then we can play a game...who fits which demographic! God I love to be pigeon-holed...almost as much as I love getting cornholed every time I'm in jail!!

08 September, 2006 23:59  
Blogger Fruning Graplecard said...

This from a man with seriously bad hair.

09 September, 2006 00:19  
Blogger apositivepessimist said...

I wonder what the stats are on men with really bad hairdo's.

I like the Donald...even more so if what Candy said is true.

09 September, 2006 02:50  
Blogger mister anchovy said...

Trump acts as it he's a 'personality' or somewhat eccentric, but the business community he thrives in is a very, very conservative place. He's got all that coin, but I don't think he's very free. The free-est people I know are people who are not hindered by the trappings of wealth, job and so on.

09 September, 2006 05:52  
Blogger Adam said...

I love Conan O'Brien - so funny. My roommate might be applying for an internship at Late Night, could be insane!

Also, you should send Red an invite to Escape Artists, or in fact any other entertainment-fueled cronies you know.

09 September, 2006 06:24  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Shamash: Maybe he will. And he is great, yes.

Lee: That's a great story. Good work!

Martha: Yep, The Donald's hating on a lot of people.

Sir Stew: He does have an interesting line in hairstyles...

09 September, 2006 07:32  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Camie: I'd sort of thought of that, but they have all the footage of the guys at the house/loft, and they're always wearing vests and being casual, so he'd get a sneak peek, sure enough. But the idea is fun all the same.

Kate: That is true... Maybe I'll mention that next time he and I chat!

Candy: Absolutely right. It's obvious that most ex-cons and drug dealers etc have tattoos. But a better survey would have been of people with tattoos, to determine what their jobs/vocations/incomes were. Turn the question the other way around, so to speak. And I heard that story on an episode of The Apprentice season 3, which is currently running here, a year late. Great story, really gives you goosebumps, don'cha think?

Tideliar: Yep, that's a tue story. Warms the cockles, don't it.

FG: Hair today, shorn tomorrow?

09 September, 2006 07:37  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

APP: Now that'd be a good survey! Yep, true story, confirmed by The Donald himself on the show.

Mr A: That's so right. He might be "out there" in his world, but it's a world of conformity, where having big bucks allows you to do whatever the fuck you want. When I hsee him negotiating prices with suppliers, I'm appalled. As a person who is constantly having to barter over my quotes for work, I find it in poor taste to see him knock $750,000 off a building contractor's estimate. Insane! You can't buy freedom of thought, though.

Adam: Conan rocks! Be cool if your buddy gets that job.

09 September, 2006 07:41  
Anonymous the cappuccino kid. said...

so basically part of any interview means having to strip in front of him?
since when does a bit of ink lessen your ability to do ANY fucking job?
used to like him, even with the aurthur scargill/bobby charlton combover. now i think he is a tit.
in fact did you ever read viz? billy the fishs' manager anyone?

09 September, 2006 08:14  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

Tideliar, as * says, it is a true story. I actually read the newspaper article the day it came out, and Regis Philbin(don't wory I don't expect you to know who that is...heee hee) read the story out on his show....this was years and years ago. At least ten years ago, I guess. I must have missed the Apprentice show where he confirms it again.

09 September, 2006 16:42  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Cappy: Well, it's not quite like that! That would be some interview, huh?!

Candy: Course I know who Regis is. He was on an episode of Seinfeld, and he used to do Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in the US and the Regis and Kathie Lee Show. You forget, we're TV junkies too!

09 September, 2006 16:52  
Blogger Radmila said...

In fairness, I'm not a fan of tatoos either, but hey, that doesn't change the fact that many people I like have them.
So what?

It's not my thing, but it doesn't have to be. A few of my staff have them, but I cannot deny them a job because they have tattoos.
That's what the Human Rights Commission and Employment Standards are about, no?
I'd like to see Donald openly deny someone a job based on the fact that they have tattoos.
He'd be paying out a lot in compensation if he lived in Canada.

12 September, 2006 01:48  

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