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From dictionary.com:

rep⋅ro⋅bate [rep-ruh-beyt]

1. a depraved, unprincipled, or wicked person: a drunken reprobate.
2. a person rejected by God and beyond hope of salvation.
3. morally depraved; unprincipled; bad.
4. rejected by God and beyond hope of salvation.
–verb (used with object)
5. to disapprove, condemn, or censure.
6. (of God) to reject (a person), as for sin; exclude from the number of the elect or from salvation.

Yes, I looked it up. I wanted to be sure what I'm about to say fits. Although I guess if it doesn't fit, that's even better in some ways.

I am not a reprobate. I am a bad influence. If you've seen "Avenue Q," you'll recognize me as one of these guys:

The Bad Idea Bears!

I'm full of terrible ideas. There's a long-standing joke among my friends that almost all my good stories begin "Me and Drew were drinking . . ." The fact is that I was always the brains behind the bad ideas. For all the drinking stories, I probably bought the beer. Or suggested it. For the non-drinking stories, it's even more likely I came up with the idea. My ideas often got Drew in a lot of trouble. I, on the other hand, was the golden boy, the teacher's pet. If they only knew . . .

I posted this earlier and now I incorporate it into this entry by reference.

Sure, we can run that race. So what if we haven't been training?

Why not get both?

Go ahead, have another drink; you're not driving.

Of course, you want bacon on that. And mayonnaise.

It's only money.

I'm the voice inside your head (and I control you) - Nine Inch Nails, "Mr. Self-Destruct"

Fortunately, I don't always listen to my own advice. Because I'm mostly full of crap. I'm really that voice in your head, the little devil sitting on your shoulder, whispering in your ear. The one that you know is not giving you the right answer, all the while poking you in the ribs. I'm conspicuous consumption, your beer belly, your empty bank account, your sore knees and back, and your hangover all in one.

You are, however, under no obligation.

This is why I'm not a reprobate. I have limits. There is always hope for salvation in my little corner of the world.

Of course, I'll use every psychological arm twist at my disposal. Because I want you to say no.

Not always, just sometimes.

I want you to show me that you're alive and having fun and aren't afraid of giving up some control. But also I want you to show me discipline and resolve and what they look like.

They say everything in moderation. It's true, even of excess.

The moments you say yes and the moments you say no are the ones that truly define you. And I like being there for yours.

[Posted for LJ Idol - Season 6, Week 8 - Reprobate]


( 18 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 18th, 2009 12:13 am (UTC)
So YOU'RE the Imp of the Perverse.

I loved the Bad Idea Bears in "Avenue Q." That year, I sent my Valentine's Day gift to my husband a day late: balloons and a teddy bear with a card that read, "The Bad Idea Bears told me to send this a day late."
Dec. 18th, 2009 06:28 pm (UTC)
LOL. That's great. The Bad Idea Bears were so awesome in that play. They had me on the floor.
Dec. 18th, 2009 09:22 am (UTC)
I laughed so hard when I saw the picture. I LOVE those guys. I seem to remind everyone I know of them too XD

Why -not- get both? You know you want to!
Dec. 18th, 2009 03:53 pm (UTC)

Thanks for reading.
Dec. 18th, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
LOL So that's that little voice I keep hearing. ;)
Dec. 18th, 2009 03:57 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's me. Hahahahaha! LOL

Thanks for reading.
Dec. 18th, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
YOU are made of win for the Ave Q reference!
Dec. 18th, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I loved that show. I had heard the soundtrack beforehand, but the Bad Idea Bears had me rolling on the floor.

Dec. 20th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
I had to look it up too (and it seems a lot of people had to). A lot of people (like me and you) also posted the definition at the top...how funny!
Dec. 23rd, 2009 09:59 pm (UTC)
It is funny. I knew what it meant, but I was hoping the definition would give me inspiration. It really didn't. LOL

Thanks for reading.
Dec. 21st, 2009 12:52 am (UTC)
Hahaha. Yeah, I've often been the little devil on the shoulder who gets others into trouble while I cleverly avoid it.
Dec. 23rd, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC)
I'm that guy all the time. Even to myself. Who knows what that means?

Thanks for reading.
Dec. 21st, 2009 03:48 pm (UTC)
Bad idea bears huh...lol. I like your last line...very true.
Dec. 23rd, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks, and thanks for reading.
Dec. 23rd, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
lol. Everyone needs that voice inside their head that tells them to get into trouble.
Dec. 23rd, 2009 10:01 pm (UTC)
Indeed. And I'm the voice outside their head that confirms their inner voice. LOL.

Thanks for reading.
Dec. 23rd, 2009 08:07 pm (UTC)
hahaha. I am that way when I go shopping with someone. I might not buy a thing but I'll happily help someone spend their money! hahaha
Dec. 23rd, 2009 09:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, I always buy something. That's why I convince others to buy something so I feel less bad about it. hahaha!
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