Female Code – September 2013 (Sneaky Memes)

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You see these all the time, little meme’s that catch our attention.  They are meant to be funny and give us a chuckle, but this one… it’s real!  Notice it’s #2044?  Women have codified their offensive against us men. They are sneaky with these little innuendos.

If my wife did this to me, I’d immediately check the bank and credit card balances.  Then I could respond and respond resoundingly, “Oh you bet I noticed!”

If she had worn a negligee while saying this, I’d be drooling and too stupefied to know what to say.  Oh no, that’s just dreaming on my part. Instead she wraps up in an Alaskan survival gown, when she asks me these form of questions. There is not a bit of skin visible.  We’ve been married 33 years, she knows how to get and keep my attention.

If I sit down at the dinner table and she says this, I immediately smell the food and give my golden retriever (Ruby) the first bite. If the dog rolls over, howls, and gags then I will know what to say, “Oh you bet I noticed!”

If she brews a pot of coffee that doesn’t smell like Colombian Supremo and says this, and my Golden starts to run, my reply will be, “Well Ruby certainly noticed! Let me guess, foo-foo coffee, right?”

If she ever mowed the yard, just once in her lifetime, I’d say, “Uh oh, what have you done now?  Yes, I noticed!  Hell has frozen over. Who wouldn’t notice?!”

If she says this, I will immediately look to see if it is a new outfit and reply, “I need to mow the lawn.  Hell hasn’t frozen over yet!”  To which she will look at me, completely befuddled and reply, “Huh?”  Ah, you see, we men are sneaky too.

We’ve been working out now for about 5 months, trying to lose weight and to keep enough muscles in shape to pour and drink wine (a very arduous calorie burning task).  I tell her that I am starting to notice, but the scale isn’t dropping fast enough for her, that’s when she says, “Well I don’t notice ANYTHING different!!!!”  You see, I can’t win, these are impossible odds, because a woman is involved.

They can’t help themselves, it’s part of their genetic mutation; that female code with 16,700,000,000,000,000 mish-mashed strands, all wrangling for equal time.  #2045 I am sure is:

One of the most terrifying things a woman can bring home is, “50 Twilights of Gray Matter Yoga Starter Kit.”

If I don’t post next month, you will notice something different.  I will be rolling over, howling, gagging and begging for mercy.  But you have over 250 former humor post to read.  I think ahead in case you haven’t noticed.

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Is Chivalry Dead? Knight Up!

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As an author that loves the romantic ideal of the legends from the medieval period, I routinely scope out various words in Twitter that illicit a response from those that engage in this social media.  This process allows me to get a glimpse of what our current society is all about.  I posted a tweet on #Chivalry and then reviewed the comments from this hashtag.  Honestly, there is hope. Some people want a change in the way we behave as mature men and women.  Many women believe chivalry is about being a gentleman, which is a knightly quality, but they miss out on some other aspects of a chivalrous man.

I am posting the contents of a wikipedia narrative and highlight the key traits of a knight:

Chivalry, or the chivalric code, is the traditional code of conduct associated with the medieval institution of knighthood. Chivalry arose from an idealized German custom. It was originally conceived of as an aristocratic warrior code — the term derives from the French term chevalerie, meaning horse soldiery — involving, gallantry, and individual training and service to others. Over time its meaning has been refined to emphasize more ideals such as the knightly virtues of honor, courtly love, courtesy, and less martial aspects of the tradition.

The Knight’s Code of Chivalry was a moral system that stated all knights should protect others who can not protect themselves, such as widows, children, and elders. All knights needed to have the strength and skills to fight wars in the Middle Ages; they not only had to be strong but they were also extremely disciplined and were expected to use their power to protect the weak and defenseless.

Knights vowed to be loyal, generous, and “of noble bearing”. Knights were required to tell the truth at all times and always respect the honor of women. Knights not only vowed to protect the weak but also vowed to guard the honor of all fellow knights. They always had to obey those who were placed in authority and were never allowed to refuse a challenge from an equal. Knights lived by honor and for glory. Knights were to fear God and maintain His Church. Knights always kept their faith and never turned their back on a foe. Knights despised pecuniary reward. They persevered to the end in any enterprise begun.

It appears knights were virtuous men, whose value in life wasn’t determined by fame or material possession, but by deeds and the expectation of a higher glory than that found in life.

A reader of my stories once commented that she had issue with my hero, because he wasn’t completely focused on his love for the lead female character. My hero, Arimar – The Chosen One of Allivar, carries an oath to the highest of authorities, his creator.  He knows not of the reward for his loyalty, but he faithfully executes in every respect; to honor and protect women, children, elderly, the powerless, and the enslaved.   My trilogy is an idyllic and allegorical story of that which humans stand to lose, where sometimes reason and science, too, can lead to the extinction of mortals.

Here is where the conversation should begin.  Chivalrous behavior will only return when father’s must teach the code and mother’s demand their son’s honor it.  Mother’s must teach the ways of the damsel and their father’s demonstrate how a knight treats a damsel, by the way they honor their wife.  Both men and women should look beyond the physical appearance and “court” one another long enough to discover the inner qualities of those they intend to vow for life.

It is said that the age of chivalry is dead and the age of enlightenment (reason and science) took its place.  I cannot speak for others, nor condemn their beliefs, I can only speak for my values.  I’d rather live by the code of chivalry, than by the code of science and individualism, where it is said that our natural behavior is primarily governed by self-interest, where we first seek to ensure survival, and then we seek to dominate.

Does this mean the revival of chauvinism and the loss of women’s rights?  Of course not, it means the revival of romanticism and the striving for human perfection, both in mature men and mature women.

We hear and read it all the time – Man Up!

Well, I say it is high time toKnight Up,” and become the men we were born to be.  In this process we may discover that damsels still exist in this realm.  They are just waiting on you.

Just a thought – a daily thought.  What are your thoughts?

The Undefeated – OU’s 47 Game Winning Streak

Wayne Greenlee #71

It sounds like the title of a great epic story, but it is in fact a true story of my father’s involvement with the Oklahoma Sooners football team of the 1950’s, the very one that still holds today the longest winning streak of 47 straight games in division I football.  My father is not a boastful person, at least not to me.  He is a very hardworking and humble man.  Football was a means to an end; it was the opportunity for an education and a path to escape the poverty of his family farm.  Football players today relish the thought of multi-million dollar contracts and endorsements. In the end, the hardest challenge is not of being a sports athlete, but of an intellectual athlete. After the glory days are over it is the conditioned mind and undaunted spirit that must support a man and his family.

So what did football teach my father?  Plenty.  He began in junior high and became a two-time all state player at Breckenridge High School in Texas.  Recruited by Bud Wilkinson, he was also able to convince his best friend, Jerry Tubbs, a future All-American and pro player with the Dallas Cowboys, to join him at OU.  My father was not a super-star but he contributed to the team, not his own statistics.  He learned the value of teamwork, hard work, determination and the mindset of never succumbing to defeat, but to rise and battle on.  He valued his education even higher. While at Oklahoma his team never witnessed defeat.  He is the undefeated. His greatest play came in the 1955 Orange Bowl.  See it here at 1:19 into this YouTube video.

I do not know of any other man in my life that has the spirit he has. I do not have the same level of contentment that he displays.  I have witnessed the sacrifice a man can and will make for his family.  In his senior year at OU, his football career came to an end as he broke his leg in two places.  Ironically, a fellow player broke his leg almost exactly in the same manner, in the same game. They threw a coin toss to see who would get surgery first.  My dad lost this coin toss. He admits that he was glad it ended.  He had been approached to play football for Green Bay for $6,000 per year.  He could make $7,000 per year as a geologist.  This should give you some perspective of the difference of our current times versus 1956.  He is a father and a husband and taught me some of life’s greatest wisdom with respect to the adoration and loyalty for a wife. He is a modern day chivalrous knight.  He gets the meaning of “love, honor and cherish until death do you part.”  This is something rarely witnessed these days. He is the undefeated.

The main character in my trilogy “The Chosen One of Allivar” has a combination of qualities I see as truly noble and chivalrous.  Just know the main character, Arimar, is the hero – the undefeated.  I did not have to look far for the inspiration of my hero.  In my mythology, I made family as the main theme.  It is my hope that you see family differently upon the completion of the story.  For when a family stands together beside a man of endearing qualities, it can never, ever, be defeated. Sadly, the men of that gallant stand are now passing from this world.  Their stories must be passed down by their children and grandchildren and by fans who must never forget what it means to be a Sooner.

My first game to witness Sooner magic came in 1971, OU vs Nebraska – the game of the century.  I was very young and I huddled with my sisters shivering on that cold, misty November day.  I was hooked from that very moment.  Because of my father I shook the hands of many of OU’s Saturday heroes. In 2005, the University presented to my father and surviving players with a national championship ring.  You have never seen so many old men tear up.  They even had an autograph session outside the stands the next day to pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of the 1955 National Champions.  These men wondered why so many would stand in line.  It is because the majority of people live ordinary lives, where adventure and victories are only lived through others.  It gives us a sense of belonging.  When we are in the stadiums cheering until we are hoarse, we do so to support the warriors of the gridiron fields.  It is those moments when we are on the same heroic quest, playing a small part to victory. I am honored to play my part.  I just hope current and future players truly understand the meaning of being a man and what doors playing football can open.  Treasure it and do not take it for granted.

Thank you, Dad, for making that stand and passing your wisdom and legacy down to me. I have seen a hero and walked beside him. I call him father. You have and will remain The Undefeated.

Number 71 – C. Wayne Greenlee “Boomer Sooner”