A Man's Man?
I decided to evaluate myself in all the major choice categories; what I eat, read, watch, do, where I go, and how I get there. Points would be given for macho (tired of typing man's man) and non-macho behaviors and choices. The first category is food. I love all sorts of food, but if I have to prepare it myself, I go simple. I also love bar-b-q (2 point), meat and potatoes (3 points), chips and salsa (2 points). On the other hand, I love Caramel Machiatta's at Star Bucks (2 non-macho points) and Tiramisu (2 non-macho points... but subtract 1 because I really didn't know how to spell Tiramisu). Final Score in Food: 7 to 3, man's man ahead.
The next category would be what I read. I collected my magazines and books, and came up with 4 general categories. I give myself a 2 in job related and professional development, around a 2 in spiritual growth books, a 2 in arts and poetry, and a 2 in motorcycle and chopper building books. I also like the sale ads and funnies out of Sunday's paper. Judges say a tie: so we will call it 5 to 5 in literature. Man's man still slightly ahead.
We now move to what I watch. As for TV, NASCAR gets 2 hefty points all on it's own. Round that off with a few sitcoms and manly movies; now the total quickly gets to around 5. But my love for romance brings the other score up quickly, and the fact I loved Pride and Prejudice makes me subtract 1 point from the other side. Final Tally: 6 to 4, the sensitive guy winning out this round.
When I am not working I love to piddle in the garage. This is kind of like a guy's living room I love tools like a woman loves shoes. Point for Craftsman, and double points for Harley. I also love Art. And, my greatest escape is the back yard. My wife and I enjoy our coffee as the birds come and feed. I love the flowers, our visitors,and the serenity of the water bubbling in the fountain. I have to admit, I got overly excited the first time I saw a hummingbird this year. Verdict: 6 to 4, sensitive guy takes another round.
One category that speaks volumes about a guy is his ride. A pickup in and of itself is worth 2 points, but a 496 cubic inch Chevy 2500 heavy duty truck weighs in at about 5 points. Add my love for choppers and having flown helicopters in the Guard, total transportation category gets an 8 for manly man. Sensitive guy gets a point for walking on the beach and 1 point for loving late night rides with the moon roof open on the Honda. Final Total: 8 to 2, manly man comes back.
Clothing is one category that visibly displays to the world what kind of guy you are. For having a suit, shirt, belt and shoe combo that is matched to perfection, sensitive guy gets a 3. And for having numerous button-up shirts that accentuate the blue in my eyes, SG gets another point. However, my favorite casual thing to wear is Levis 501's and a t-shirt. Most t-shirts have grease stains and 1 set of 501's has a few holes. Final tally in clothing: Man's Man 6, SG 4.
As I write this I realize that I had forgotten a huge category, my writing.Although it's not impossible for me to grunt or groan or scratch while I write, it's highly unlikely. Hopefully what comes across is my belief in faith, hope, and love. Because this category is dominated by sensitive guy he gets a 9. He would get a 10 but he gave a sympathy point to mr. macho. Score: 9 to 1, sensitive guy dominates this round.
When we tally the scores in each category we find that man's man gets a total point score of 35. Not bad at all. And Sensitive Guy, after the voting was tallied came in with a 35. Ok, so I am not sure what kind of guy I am. But one thing I know, and that is who I want to be like. My
Dad has never run a marathon, swam with the dolphins, won a motocross and my best guess is he is about 5 inches shorter than James Bond. He is a kind man, thoughtful and patient. He worked diligently until he retired, he has honored and cherished my mother, and all that know him say he is a man of integrity. Some say I may never grow up, but if I do, I want to be like him. That's manly enough for me.