Friday, July 27, 2012

Manning up

I’m entering my first Dude Write contest this week.  Because I’m a dude, and I write,  or type, whatever.  I tried to think of something manly to write about, but in other men’s eyes, I may not be manly.  I don’t grill and I don’t know crap about cars.  I can’t fix things and I don’t know crap about power tools.  I don’t hunt, fish or drink beer.  I cry at sad and happy movies (something in my eye).  Maybe I shouldn’t write about manly things.

Or should I?  Because I’m way more manlier than the youth of today.  You would never catch me in skinny jeans, even back when I was skinny.  Seriously, skinny jeans?  It’s even worse when they roll the bottoms up and it looks like capris.  What the hell happened to the next generation?

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I’m all for being in touch with our feminine side, but that doesn’t mean you have to act feminine.  I’m all for women’s rights but the older I get, the more lopsided it’s becoming.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying only real men get in fights and blow stuff up, and this isn’t towards the stay at home dad’s out there.  Taking care of your kids is the noblest of professions.  But skinny jeans?  Glasses with no glass in them?  Order drinks called Caffe Vanilla Frappuccino Light Blended (taken off the Starbucks menu, I have no idea what it is.)  They don’t even watch sports.  You know the guys I’m talking about.  We’ve all seen them around.  I’ve seen them in my own home.  They are my daughter’s type.  I guess that could be a good thing.  I don’t have to worry about them smacking her around because she could probably kick their asses.

I want to say something when I see them out on the street.  Grab them and shake them and yell “what the hell are you wearing?”  but I’d probably just go nuts when he looks at me and says “YOLO”.  AAAGGGGHHHHH!   Instead, I kind of look like this.

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I don’t know what to think anymore.  While I may not be manly for the things I listed above.  I do the most manliest thing out there, I work to take care of my family.  I am a provider.  I take care of my wife and kids.  You know, when it doesn’t interfere with watching sports.  So I guess if these kids grow up to take care of their families, then I guess I’ll have to concede that they too, grew up to be men.

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And when I’m old and have my pants hiked way up, where they look like capris, hopefully I’ll be proud of the men they have become.  All I know is, I’m not very proud of them now.

Dude Write

I am participating in the Dude Write Starting Lineup this week where you can find some excellent posts by bloggers who happen to be dudes.

14 comments:

  1. This is fun stuff Jeff!

    I will admit to having watched all the Twilight movies and I love The dad character in that. There is usually a scene from each movie that makes me gag laughing.

    I'm glad that there are so many different kinds of dudes out there and defining it in different ways. I think you're perfectly in your rights to call yourself a dude, but you gotta grill...

    WG
    http://itsmynd.com

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    1. I couldn't get past the first Twilight movie so I haven't seen them all. It was ok, I guess, but nothing to deserve the attention it got. Then again, I'm not a teenage girl.

      I've grilled, sparingly. Maybe two or three times in my life so it's not like I can't, I'm just don't have the experience to be comfortable with it.

      Thanks for reading.

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  2. Jeff you have your priorities in order, and that's what makes you manly. I don't do a lot of the traditional "manly" things that you mentioned either, but I love and take care of my family.

    Welcome aboard Dude!

    Michael A. Walker
    Defying Procrastination

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    1. I don't see how anyone couldn't have family as a priority.

      Thanks, I'm looking forward to the ride.

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  3. I think each man has their own 'what makes me a man' list, and that's fine. Even men who shave off all hair below their neckline could, in a way, be considered manly (Michael Phelps, for example).

    Bottom line, I think being a man means being yourself. A lot of this generation (the YOLO type) are sheep, following whatever is trending online or whatever Justin Bieber says is cool. Those boys will grow up eventually, say "What the bloody fuck-nuts was I thinking," and earn their man cards. Until then, we can make fun of them as much as we want.

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    1. I try to tell my daughter that, you try so hard to be different that your following everyone else. She doesn't listen. I keep telling my wife, I can't wait until it sinks in and she has that "what the fuck was I thinking" moment. We've all been there before.

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  4. You don't grill? You should have your man card clipped! Wait, I take that back because I don't know a damn thing about cars.

    It's pathetic what the next generation is turning out to be. What a bunch of pussies! Skinny jeans? In the words of Chris Berman on Monday Night Countdown "C'mon man!"

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    1. I'll admit I'm a Colts fan, that should make me manly now-a-days.

      Pussy is exactly what I say every time I walk by one. I just don't get it. I don't get how any "man" can call themselves a "man" wearing skinny jeans.

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  5. I can proudly say I have never watched Twilight...besides vampires don't sparkle.

    Welcome to Dude Write!

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    1. This generation has even screwed up vampires. It's ridiculous.

      Thanks.

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  6. I have three sons, luckily none of them own skinny jeans. The worst I've had to endure is a stupid, gangster, monster energy hat.

    Unfortunately, the brim got mysteriously bent and he wouldn't wear it any more. Took me a while to figure that out.

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    1. Lucky for you it "happened". That's another style that drives me nuts. Then again, most styles of the teenagers drive me nuts. I'm becoming the grouchy old man yelling "GET OFF MY LAWN". lol

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  7. I definitely agree with you about the whole girly-man thing. Even Russell Brand, who I think is pretty funny. I just don't get it.

    Glad to have you on Dude Write!

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    1. The next generation scares me because there are a lot of pansies. And I don't get it either. Russell Brand is funny, but if I have to concentrate that hard to understand what he's saying, I'm turning the channel.

      Thanks, I've enjoyed all the new blogs I've read because of the site.

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