Life As A Man

He considered tucking his shirt into his pants, decided the President probably wouldn’t be stopping by that day, and shuffled out into the kitchen in his sock feet. The bright sunlight coming in the east windows made him squint.

—Stephen King, The Stand

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27 Responses to “Life As A Man”


  1. 1 possum October 31, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    My way of thinking exactly. Why move to impress those who are not going to come by anyway? In fact why dress to impress anyone at any point in time?

    • 2 bluenred October 31, 2011 at 1:41 pm

      But what if a woman happens by? Wouldn’t she screech and poke her eyes out? ; 0

      • 3 possum November 1, 2011 at 4:16 am

        Maybe. But the only woman about whom I care enough to dress to please is my wife. She is a Princess and the Queen of my life. 🙂

        The rest of the world gets me as I am. No pretense. No trying to be someone I am not. People can take or leave what they find at their own option. Keeps me sane or at least most of the way to sanity.

  2. 6 Alexa October 31, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    y’all have it like that. it makes me sick. what if you had to get up an hour early just to iron your hair flat? i kid you not, 45 minutes every morning to get the curls out, and don’t get me started on makeup. as Dolly Parton once said: “it takes a lot of time and money to look this cheap!”

    Happy Halloween, all. 😉

    • 7 bluenred October 31, 2011 at 1:47 pm

      Yeah, but what you wimmins got that mens don’t, is that you get to be purty. Even before the hair-flattening. Men never get to purty. Some may don a temporary sort of skin-suit, but the effect is always fleeting: the inner essential slob is always rarin’ to burst out. Mostly men look like some variation of something mussed and messy found motionless on a road.

      Happy Halloween to you, too. ; )

      • 8 Alexa October 31, 2011 at 2:05 pm

        no! is no purty . . . . you have to call the 800-number on the TEEvee and buy all this . . . stuff . . . . every 5 minutes to even *try* to be purty. the media loves to make wimmen feel bad about themselves. te lo juro. just look at the magazines near the checkout in any store. there is an industry in making average wimmen feel inadequate . . . . we’re always ready to spend a few bucks and feel a little worse.

        men have it sooo easy. you don’t have to try to look good, and the less you try, the better you look. i love the mussed and messy look. but the main thing i look at, mi carino, is a man’s hands. they should not be softer than mine. a man’s nails should not be buffed. a handshake tells me more than an hour of small talk.

        • 9 bluenred October 31, 2011 at 2:16 pm

          I know about the 800 numbers and the magazines. They try to make you feel small and vulnerable, so you will Buy Things.

          But now they also have these magazines for men, these GQ things, with creatures that are said to be “men,” that are what men are apparently now supposed to be. Scary. And I don’t think those men would pass your hand test. : /

          • 10 Alexa October 31, 2011 at 2:36 pm

            they would never pass any test with me (’cause i don’t think men who wear makeup or are worried their hair will get windblown are my type.

            Robert Pattinson, my daughter’s Big Crush, definitely not for me.

            Brad Pitt, also definitely not. though in fairness, i think he is more intelligent and interesting than he used to be.

            Johnny Depp: no. sorry ‘but no.

            the actor from Into The Wild, Emile Hirsch: maybe si, maybe no. he may pass the hands test but the bookshelf test is next. 😉 no books? nothing to talk about.

            • 11 bluenred October 31, 2011 at 3:07 pm

              I had never even heard of that Pattinson person. I guess that makes me old. He is definitely one of those men’s-magazine people.

              What about Russell Crowe? The meaty, dangerous type? Or Colin Farrell: sexually and morally ambiguous?

              Then there’s always Benicio . . . . ; )

              • 12 Alexa October 31, 2011 at 3:18 pm

                Robert Pattison, from Twilight movies . . . . only for teenage girls.

                Russell Crowe, never.

                Colin Farrell, never.

                but the last name you mentioned? too horrible to contemplate, a hideous werewolf.

                since it’s Halloween, i’ll forgive you. 😉

  3. 14 Alexa October 31, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    The Stand is a modern day classic. everyone on the internet reminds me of a character in this novel.

  4. 21 Alexa October 31, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    something else i don’t understand. (i know, the list is long.) i have an acquaintance who just self-published a novel for Kindle and other “readers” i don’t use. she sent me a print copy (literally, from her printer, on plain copy paper).

    what in conazo has happened to the book publishing industry?! i knew things were bad, but por Dios, blueness, people do not buy books anymore?

    you see, my friend has published several books previously – this isn’t her first – and they sold less copies than i hoped, but still, people bought her books and read them. now she is only publishing (if that’s even the right word) . . . downloads, to Kindle-things, readers. and has no copy editor . . . . no one to correct little punctuation errors and nitpicky grammar errors that a creative mind may not even notice mid-story. no publicity. no marketing. nada. i looked for reviews and the Amazon forums are full of authors promoting their own work.

    given the texting – instant message nature of much of our communication — and the short attention span i associate with it — maybe it was inevitable. i can’t remember the last time i went to a library. many of the bookstores i used to go to are no longer in business. i buy books online, but not as much as i used to.

    still, i don’t know if the bad economy is why people aren’t buying books, or if reading books (the kind with pages, that you hold in your hands) is no longer of interest to enough people, which is sad.

    • 22 bluenred October 31, 2011 at 3:28 pm

      I think that unless someone drags a giant magnet over the earth, thereby wiping out all the electronic toys, and plunging the planet back into the 19th Century, epublishing is the inevitable future.

      Here’s the quick and dirty advantage to the consumer. Moving cross-country? Would you prefer to pack and move and then unpack 2000 books in numberless herniating U-haul boxes? Or move those 2000 books in one little electronic instrument that fits in your hand?

      For authors, epublishing eliminates the entire publishing chain. Instead of receiving 10% royalties, you receive 90%. You are not dependent on publishers, printers, distributors, or bookstores. You control your own product. You write and publish it as you see fit. You can direct the marketing. If you become savvy with the internet, you can really help yourself.

      Of course, as in the case of your acquaintance, you are going to have maintain your own quality control. Hire somebody to copy-edit, for instance, if your skills are deficient in those areas.

      If you think about it, traditional publishing serves very few authors. Even if you can get through the maze, and get your books into the stores, odds are you won’t make a living at it. Notice all these respected fiction authors who’ve published 10 or 12 highly regarded novels over a 15-20-year period? And it says in the bio that they teach, or that the novel was partially funded by grants? That’s because they need that work, or that charity, to live.

      Basically, you have Stephen King, and 100,000 starving people. : /

      Those of us who really appreciate books as physical, tactile objects are dinosaurs. Young folks today are growing up with the intertubes in their cradles; it won’t seem odd to them at all to buy books and articles and pictures and whatnot that exist only in pixels. It will, in fact, feel natural.

    • 23 possum November 1, 2011 at 4:21 am

      We in Possum Valley are blessed to have a very large county library just down the street. We visit at regular intervals. We also visit the local independent bookstore (one of only 2 left in the entire state) to buy books at regular intervals. We are dedicated to the holding of real paper in our hands.

      That said I admit to owning electronic books. They gather electronic dust in the realms of their respective devices and are used only in emergency situations where a physical book is not available.

      For the bulk of our becoming younger by the day society, reading a physical book is on the way out. The i-Pad insures that death with its attention to electronic delivery that mimics the physical press. Not for me, but for many that is the way to go.

      Even schools are getting on the bandwagon. Major booksellers are now providing some textbooks in electronic form and more are on the way. Soon we will see a generation so enthralled with electronics that only us old fogies will still hold a book in our hands.

      Times are sad indeed. There is not much better than opening an aged book found on a library shelf with the feel and smell of itself revealed page by page. Electronics cannot provide that measure of pleasure added to the written word.

  5. 24 Elva October 31, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    I just want to make a comment in regards to the subject of young people and reading books. I have a High School grandson that reads real books and visits our local library(where his mother and uncle worked while in High School) at least once a week. When I visit with him we have very interesting conversations just about anything. So, there are still young people that still like to read and think that the kindle thing is not for them. Who knows how they will be in the future. I did not read very much as a child growing up, but thanks to my son I enjoy it now.

  6. 26 sally November 1, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    oh, oh, I am doing my best to keep REAL books in people’s hands. I sent out 13 packages this Halloween – 3 packages with books for adults and 10 with for-real-spooky-Halloween-hold-in-your-hands books to children –ages 1 through 7. I sent out 54 snail-mail cards, too. No, I’m not rich –just into that old adage: “WHEN I GET A LITTLE MONEY, I BUY BOOKS, AND IF ANY IS LEFT, I BUY FOOD…” I receive maybe 6 or 7 snail-mail Halloween cards and maybe 5 or 6 cards on line (all the same!) Still, I am heartened to hear how thrilled and excited people are by my print books and snail mail cards. I even sometimes get a few SNAIL-MAIL thank yous! I will persevere on the theory there is room for the REAL and fearful that one day someone may turn off the electricity, cut the wires, foul-up the WIfi air (HAARP!),mess with the ether and leave us reading print books by candlelight, I’m trying to recall that book: A CANTICLE FOR LEBOWITZ? Namaste.

    • 27 bluenred November 3, 2011 at 9:41 am

      Yes, in the Canticle book, there was reading by candlelight. Of course, that was after there had been a nuclear mishap.

      The book ends with another one. Nuclear mishap. At which time the Second Coming is achieved, in Rachel, the previously quiescent second head of the mutant woman Mrs. Grayles.

      Stranger things have happened. Even on this blog.


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