I Just Figured Out Why I'm Alone!

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I was rereading I Am Not Ashamed, the memoir of unhappy 1950s screen starlet Barbara Payton, and the diagnosis Payton's shrink gave her rang so many bells I practically went deaf.

As the therapist told Payton at the peak of her stardom:

"You want a man who doesn't exist:

"A strong man, yet one you can handle.

"A handsome one, yet one who is of no interest to other people.

"A rich one, yet one who will live as a beachcomber with you.

"A talented one, but one who won't steal any of your glory.

"A cheerful one, but one who will fit into your many-faceted moods."

That's the same man I want! In fact, it's the one we all want!

And if a hot young blond starlet with lovely bazoombas couldn't get him, I imagine it's gonna be even harder for the rest of us.

But I'll wait. I'll just sit here, knitting.

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Jonster
Jonster

It's always a trade-off. You can sometimes find all those characteristics, but there will ALWAYS be a flaw. Like in the movie "Bedazzled," which I thought was a good commentary on "having it all."

Babar
Babar

Maybe he meant knitting his brow.

Special_Ed
Special_Ed

Is "knitting" a code word for yanking it?

Babar
Babar

Well, she was told this by a psychiatrist, so obviously she was trying to work out her issues.

Benjamin Button
Benjamin Button

Speak 4 urself hun cuz i've found my man. Remember that actress must have not working on her own issues therefor never found what she was looking 4. You don't have to slave ur life away knitting, work out ur own issues & mr right will come crawling.

Savannah Montgomery
Savannah Montgomery

...and when he shows up, we'll spend our time looking for the fatal flaw.

Mepnyc1
Mepnyc1

So a narcissistic fantasy vs. a real human being

Marge
Marge

I also want him to be tough but tender.

Muscular but with a slight love handle.

Dark haired but with streaks.

Aetheistic but not existential.

Ribs
Ribs

I want that guy too! He's never out at the bars!

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