I was eyeballing a new typewriter. Sure, I needed an upgrade! I deserve it – I’m not ashamed to admit I write dog comedy mystery novels about my soul mate, Dudley (not that there’s anything wrong with that). That’s when I noticed this sign on my soon to be typewriter. I realize some of you may not know what a typewriter is. My son came to my office and wanted to know what that “cool looking thing” was sitting on the desk. I frowned a little (inside) because it hit me that perhaps I was becoming an old geezer. Maybe, maybe not.
Sure, I’m a little slow to the picnic, but I usually get there. I read the sign: GROW YOUR OWN DOPE…PLANT A MAN. Hmm…. Why was this sign on my future typewriter upgrade? Why is it that the jokes on TV shows and movies make men out to be, well, dopes? Are we dopes? That wasn’t a rhetorical question.
No, I don’t think we are. Well, no, we don’t stop to ask for directions. No, we don’t follow diagrams when putting together items made in China. I mean, who speaks Chinese, anyway? 我会说中文. No, we’re not always in touch with our feminine side (not that there’s anything wrong with that either). Yes, we might like to pop a top, drink fire water, and smoke cigars. But we’re not dopes.
We do some things well. We LOVE our power tools. We love and protect our women and children. We protect our country. We go to work. We build things. We’re not dopes. We think. We feel. We love our animals. Maybe not the way women do, but still, we think, therefore, we are.
I guess my point is this: perhaps men should be portrayed in a more positive light when it comes to television and movies. After all, perception is nine tenths of the law. Everybody knows that.
Maybe I long for a time when men were men, and women were darn glad of it. Then again, look at the typewriter I’m upgrading to. What do I know?
Happy April Fool’s Day.