'Man-to-Man'...'Man-on-Man'

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16 October 2011

'Because I'm A Man'...one decade later

I've been meaning to post this for-EVER...
A few words into it and I'm instantly reminded of how much this resonated for me the first time I read it...in tone, energy and perspective. I contacted the author and we exchanged a few friendly emails for a while and then just fell-off each other's radars.  I'm still a bit shocked that almost an entire DECADE has passed since then.Unfortunately, his blog, profile and email were all 'inactive' when I tried again recently. 

In any event, I've included his details to acknowledge his work, insight, irreverence and humbling self-awareness, reflected in what ISN'T said, as much as what IS.

Feedback appreciated
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This was taken from  
"SDROMPINCOWBOY"

“Because I'm A Man"

"Because I'm a man, when I lock my keys in the car I will fiddle with a wire clothes hanger and ignore your suggestions that we call a road service until long after hypothermia has set in.

Because I'm a man, when the car isn't running very well, I will pop the hood and stare at the engine as if I know what I'm looking at. If another man shows up, one of us will say to the other, "I used to be able to fix these things, but now with all these computers and everything, I wouldn't know where to start." We will then drink beer.

Because I'm a man, when I catch a cold I need someone to bring me soup and take care of me while I lie in bed and moan. You never get as sick as I do, so for you this isn't an issue.

Because I'm a man, I can be relied upon to purchase basic groceries at the store, like milk or bread. I cannot be expected to find exotic items like "cumin" or "tofu". For all I know these are the same things. And never, under any circumstances, expect me to pick up anything for which "feminine hygiene product" is a euphemism.

Because I'm a man, when one of our appliances stops working I will insist on taking it apart, despite evidence that this will just cost me twice as much once the repair person gets here and has to put it back together.

Because I'm a man, I must hold the television remote control in my hand while I watch TV. If the thing has been misplaced, I may miss a whole show looking for it (though one time I was able to survive by holding a calculator).

Because I'm a man, I don't think we're all that lost, and no, I don't think we should stop and ask someone. Why would you listen to a complete stranger-I mean, how the hell could he know where we're going?

Because I'm a man, there is no need to ask me what I'm thinking about. The answer is always either sex or football, though I have to make up something else when you ask,
so don't.

Because I'm a man, I do not want to visit your mother, or have your mother come visit us, or talk to her when she calls, or think about her any more than I have to. Whatever you got her for mother's day is okay, I don't need to see it. And don't forget to pick up something for my Mom too!!

Because I'm a man, you don't have to ask me if I liked the movie. Chances are, if you're crying at the end of it, I didn't.

Because I'm a man, I think what you're wearing is fine. I thought what you were wearing five minutes ago was fine, too. Either pair of shoes is fine. With the belt or without it looks fine. Your hair is fine. You look fine. Can we just go now?

Because I'm a man, and this is, after all, the 21st century, 
I will share equally in the housework.
You just do the laundry, the cooking, the gardening, the cleaning, and the dishes. I'll do the rest.

This has been…
a public service message for Men,
to better understand the Male animal.
 

This was taken from
"SDROMPINCOWBOY
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