OK, back to our originally scheduled blog. I started the Insanity workout today because my internal fitness level did not match my external appearance. I have a supercharged engine in a jalopy frame and it was time to get to the body shop. When I finished the workout this morning, I thought about some things that I had been talking about with women that I know. They all have various reasons for justifying why they don’t think a guy will work out. Some of them claim intuition, some resort to blaming it on “timing” and some just say that they aren’t willing to “settle”, but are uncomfortable discussing what is an unsettling…uh…settling situation.
I have been single long enough now, since early 2007, that it is starting to seem commonplace. In that time, I have dated quite a bit. There have been many variables that could describe these women in terms of physical traits, emotional stability, intellect, personality, etc. For the purpose of this entry we will look only at age.
Women fitting into a wide range of ages, find their way into my life. I have dated some young women and others that are…(be careful here, JD)…uh…more, age appropriate. I have heard some men complain that younger women are full of drama and old—, ah…age appropriate women are bogged down with their own unique set of issues. My extensive, case-by-case research has lead me to my own conclusion:
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I like writing, but it would be so much better to get paid for it. I came across this opportunity to submit a blog sample to this company starting a website for single people. They were looking for funny, unique views. I submitted my DalyDose of…10 Single Resolutions and they responded that they would like a 500 word sample using their test topic. The test topic is “Does phone sex count as a date?”.
“Ladies: you all SAY that you don’t like jerks, but you REWARD jerkish behavior” –JD
I know, this doesn’t seem like news to most men with phrases like “nice guys finish last” and all that. I intellectually knew that this perception existed, but I didn’t think it could be based on widespread truth. It couldn’t be, could it???
A few months ago I was bored and frustrated with dating in Los Angeles and decided to put on a little experiment. I would go down to my local watering hole…yeah, I threw in an outdated term like “watering hole” because let’s face it, I’m doing an dating experiment, so the nerd factor is already off the charts! I was to go to Barney’s Beanery on two consecutive nights and take on a different persona for each. Here’s how it went…
In the ongoing saga of JD’s single life ,I have been on the front lines of the male to female interactive experience. I have concluded from substantive experiential data, that girls are funny. You might remember the original Girls Are Funny blog entry.
TEXT GATE UPDATE
Well, text-gate has never been resolved. I have extended my hand in reconciliatory truce several times. I have texted, emailed & Facebook messaged, all with no answer. I guess I’ve learned how quickly and coldly the immature can turn on you. Thankfully, I reread my own blog and discovered that these people had already showed me who they were. I guess I’m blindly loyal and thought it was worth an effort to salvage a friendship. Apparently, I was the only one.
What was the lesson learned? Well, as far as I can tell the only lesson is that when one is textually active one must practice safe text and never group text when dealing with the textually inexperienced. Now I know. Oh well, read on for happier topics…
I remember being in Chicago and studying improvisation at the Second City Conservatory. Someone told me that learning to let your mind grasp the skill of improvisation will not only help you as a performer, but it will change the way that you view and communicate in life.
This truth presented itself today in a conversation that I had with a friend over IM. In the stream of consciousness that is typical of instant messaging with me, she asked me what’s going on in my life. My response was something like:
Trying to find a woman, as usual. Trying to find money, as usual. Then I stop and realize that I’m in Los Angeles and I should get the money first and the women will find ME!
I cracked myself up over this, but it made me think about the states of both courtship and revenue generation in Los Angeles. They both seem to require a ton of work these days, when it used to be easy.
In dating, it really does seem to be more than a passing joke that women in Los Angeles are looking for men with enviable financial assets. I have plenty of women friends and they will even admit it, if pressed on the subject. This leaves little doubt in my mind that my current fiscal woes correlate perfectly with…physical ones.
I hate to hear people complain about the economy, but we of the self-employed ilk provide a living barometer on the business environment. There was a time when I could count on word of mouth in my computer business and I would get a major job or two each month and a variety of smaller jobs to go along with it. These days, I feel fortunate to get a minor job or two a month. There are times when I get frustrated and ponder leaving Los Angeles for grad school or a “real job” somewhere else. For the time being, I am here and will need to make do and weather the storm.
So, I need to get on the money train.
Question for myself: Am I doing it for the money or am I doing it for “her”?
Question for you: Should I “fake it til I make it” and play the Hollywood game?
I was watching the SuperBowl yesterday and among the all commercials, one stood out. Yeah, there were funnier ones and more touching ones and arguably even more clever ones. (see this Lunch.com list for a good sampling) This particular commercial, however stuck out to me for a variety of reasons. Before I comment further, please take 30 Tivo-free seconds and (gasp) watch the commercial:
OK, why did this commercial standout? Well, the voice of Dexter, for one, if you’re a fan of that show. The fact that we were lured in with narrative that rings true for any man who has had a relationship that lasted longer than next morning’s breakfast, is yet another reason. What really struck me about what I consider to be an undoubtedly unique and effective ad, is the notion of the choice of car as “man’s last stand”.
The video argument is compelling, for sure. As I was watching and grinning and nodding in agreement, something was tugging at my thoughts. Was this really the last stand for men? Somewhere in the memory vaults of my mind another argument was recalled. YES…it was from the BBC sitcom “Coupling”, not be confused with the horrific American version. Check out this video clip of a rant, from Steve, about men and what he believes should be considered our last stand. (NOTE: yes, you recognize the actor from his role in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films)
So, we have two passionate arguments for “Man’s Last Stand”. The Dodge Charger SuperBowl ad supports the…uh…Dodge Charger and thus, the car. Steve in “Coupling” makes the case for the bathroom.
Where do you stand on this whole “last stand” issue? Please vote in the poll below and feel free to wax poetic in the comment section!