Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Alpha Males

Over the last few weeks, I've become more aware of this particular kind of man who eats lunch out or does business with "clients" in coffee shops. I find them very annoying and yet fascinating. These guys are well-dressed, generally in suits or in hip business casual attire. They often have those bluetooth earpieces, making them look a little like a Ohura, but it's cool among their kind. They have product in their hair, which is generally slicked back away from their face in a stylish, non-greaser-looking way. If conducting business, they have gadgets: laptops, Blackberries. They like to talk about money. I've overheard conversations about millon-dollar homes and business plans. There's an intensity about them that is a bit scary. They're focused, mostly on themselves. They seem to own the room, or at least the corner they've occupied for the moment. If they're with other alpha males, there is lots of jockeying for position. Depending on their age, this is done via jokes and references to popular culture or via talk about their possessions like their new car or plasma screen tv. You get the sense that either a) they know they own and run the world or b) they know they don't and this is the cover up. Do you know this species?