Monday, 25 August 2008

The chameleons among us…

Male me - Review

MALE ME is a pure, sexual delight of a romance. This story is so hot that I swore I saw flames licking at the edges of my monitor! Ménage, exhibitionism, sexy videos, public venues—you name it, this story has it. It even flirts with a bit of BDSM. What I really loved though was the fun and humor in this tale. The characters are all a bit quirky, the situations they get into are sexy as well as humorous and Delaware's best friend is a total hoot. The story is well written, the plot simple but addictive and Ms. Jones evens adds a bit of danger to spice things up. I was really impressed with how much sex, action and even romance was packed into this tale and I was disappointed when the journey came to an end. MALE ME was pure enjoyment from the first to the last page and I found it an excellent entertainment for a cool evening.

All chameleon species are able to change their skin color. Changing color is an expression of the physical and psychological condition of the lizard, not, as is commonly believed, to match their surroundings. The color also plays a part in communication

I was watching this person at work today. I’m a people watcher. I like to observe what people do and say. People are fascinating and often what I see goes into my books. Anyway, this man walked into the room. There is nothing special about him in looks. He is average. Yet he can work a room by simply being all things to all people.
He changes colour and manner as he faces different people and situations. People feed off that from him. He is the guy that knows everyone’s name, can back slap and guffaw with the blokes and look all sensitive and caring with the women. He can be a leader one minute and someone’s friend the next before changing to stern, sweet, thoughtful then hard in the blink of an eye, depending who he was with. He is so good at being a chameleon that I’m not sure if he knows how often he changes colour. That’s quite a talent. I admire it but I am wary of him. Why? Because I don’t think you ever know where you stand with a human chameleon. They are puzzling creatures. What do they really believe in? Or is it just show to influence their environment? Is the outer façade true? And yeah you could ask that of any person but with these chameleons the façade changes so many times that I find it hard to work out if they’re real. Politicians are the A-typical chameleons.
This guy at work and I don’t get on because although I think he is very skillful at what he does, I’m not falling for the change of colours routine. He knows that so we maintain this polite business manner with each other. I’m not his ideal audience and he’s not my kind of person. I am too direct in my manner to indulge in colour games. But today he got me thinking as he worked the room and everyone fell at his feet or rushed off to do his bidding. Maybe I should be more chameleon like. I’m too pushy. I know that. It’s a bad habit. If I want something I go right ahead and ask for it. Amazingly people often give it to me because I think they are too surprised by my direct approach not to. That’s how I grew up. The family motto is Ask and ye shall receive. Mum had an old 1920’s plaque with those words on it on the wall in the dining room. She instilled in us the belief that we could do anything and to be fearless. Sure people will tell you no and rack off but sometimes you will get a yes if you try. However, the subtle chameleon approach appears to work. Maybe I’ll try and cultivate that. Will it work for me? Doubtful. Chameleons may change colour but a bitch of a leopard can’t change her spots. Yes, how deep for a Monday after work.

So are chameleons around you? Do you like them? Loathe them? Or are you one of them? How effective are they do you reckon?
Go ahead: Live with abandon. Be outrageous at any age. What are you saving your best self for?


barbara huffert said...

I'm like you in that I find human chameleons something to watch. Sometimes I wonder if they remember who they are.

Sandra Cox said...

Hmmm. Much food for thought. As always, good blog.

Regina Carlysle said...

As I read this I was thinking...POLITICIAN and then you said it.Funny. Maybe being a chamelion is more about the ability to listen and understand, to an extent where others are coming from, I'm not sure. These types of people could be so good with others because of empathy or they are great observers. I find them fascinating to watch. I can't be that way. I don't understand how one person can be ALL things to ALL people.

This is very interesting.

Cindy Spencer Pape said...

There's a difference, I think between shifting a little in certain circumstances for the benefit of others and being a professional chameleon. Yes, there are places and people who make me watch my mouth and swallow some of the snotty comebacks, but never too convincingly, I'm afraid.

Anny Cook said...

I've met--and lived closely--with a couple natural chameleons. As you say, it isn't comfortable. I think that the BEST politicians (not necessarily the best ones for the actual job!) are true chameleons that understand exactly what they are doing and shift smoothly from one face to the next.

Unfortunately, they sometimes get elected. Then their shifts can be disastrous as their are only so many people they can please.

Ashley Ladd said...

I like to watch people, too. I'm definitely not a chameleon. I suppose another name would be a charmer and I've always been leery of charmers. My boss is one. He didn't seem overpoweringly so at first and so didn't set off my alarm bells for awhile. Now that I know him better, I can see he's hiding a perfectionist that gets angered and annoyed easily. I'm pretty uneasy around him anymore.