Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Along the Idle Aisle


Fort Putnam on the Hudson,
Jasper Francis Cropsey (1823-1900)
o/c.

A suitably civilized, innocuous, autumnal landscape.

Update:

Yesterday morning around eight o'clock, I cried Huzzah! and ran to my window.

The giant Jurassic Cat that had been pawing at the roadbed down by the Golden Apple clanked its treads up the King's highway -- sounding like the invasion of Buda and Pest -- and swung into Princess St. Then after some deliberation by its outriders, the machine swung ponderous about and clanked back.

I was so disappointed.

Forwarded:

A Short Love Story...

A man and a woman who had never met before but were both married to other people found themselves assigned to the same sleeping compartment on a Trans-continental train.

Though initially embarrassed and uneasy over sharing a room, they were both very tired and fell asleep quickly -- he in the upper bunk and she in the lower.

At 1 a.m., the man leaned down and gently woke the woman saying, "Ma'am, I'm sorry to bother you, but would you be willing to reach into the closet and get me a second blanket? I'm awfully cold."

"I have a better idea," she replied. "Just for tonight, let's pretend that we're married."

"Wow! That's a great idea!" he exclaimed.

"Good," she replied. "Get your own fuckin' blanket."

After a moment of silence, he farted.

And a Question:

Do men in general still possess the protective instinct?

46 comments:

Robyn said...

ROFL!

Yes, I do think most men are generally protective, though they may not show it in the "get away from my woman or I'll kill you" sense. Watching my husband let our daughter go out with her first boyfriend was fun.

BernardL said...

Now that was funny! The thought of you running to the window crying 'Huzzah!' is a close second. :)

Virginia Lady said...

LOL! You have monstrous road machines. I seem to have a daily serenade of chain-saws and tree-eaters. I'm on my fourth day of a symphony of tree killers.

Of course, we grow trees here like weeds, so it's not too surprising, but it is noisy.

laughingwolf said...

yeah, and while y're up... :O lol

too bad it's illegal to 'kill' those street eaters! grrrrrrrrrr

Bernita said...

I hope it's not been lost, Robyn.

Bernard,I was agape and agog with hope. In this town nothing ever lives and nothing ever dies - so any excitement is welcome!

"a symphony of tree killers" - what a great line, Virginia!
Usually I only hear them when the mulch machine is eating brances from spring/fall yard clean-up.

LW, it was surrounded by men with spears.

sex scenes at starbucks said...

Hmm, protective instinct? Maybe, though I think it often appears as anger first rather than cold, calculating do-something-about-it. I read this article about a soldier who had been a repo man. He said you could take a car out of a parking lot filled with a hundred guys and one woman. The guys would get mad, but the woman would cause enough trouble for him to give it up.

SzélsőFa said...

Heee- they did pretend being married ah-so-well :))

on a second note, what was thios about the invasion of Budapest...?

Angie said...

LOL! Cute. :D

I don't know about men in general, but my husband specifically is very protective. Not in a jealous way -- I wouldn't stand for that -- but in the sense of actually wanting to protect me from harm. It doesn't come up all that often, really, but when it does it's incredibly sweet. [cuddles husband]

Angie

Bernita said...

Interesting, Betsy.

Trying to imply that the machine moved and sounded like a Russian tank,circa 1950's, Szelsofa.

"in the sense of actually wanting to protect me from harm."
That's exactly the sense I mean, Angie.

Angie said...

Bernita -- right, that's what I figured, but someone else mentioned the other sort so I figured I'd specify. [nod]

Angie

Bernita said...

Yes, not the "you're to dumb to handle it" sort but the women/children/small animals deserve it sort out of a respect.

Charles Gramlich said...

Lol. That's pretty good. Definitely a very fine flash story.

I think men do feel that protective urge. I see it in my son for sure, who is 21 now.

Travis Erwin said...

I say most men have that protective instinct but not all. I think it may be slowly dwindling as well.

spyscribbler said...

Ohmigosh! That's hilarious! That's fantastic!

About your question? There's a reason I found a guy 20 years older. My father had old-fashioned manners. You open doors, you come to the door, etc. Period. No question. You buy dinner.

Doesn't seem to be that way anymore. I can't do that.

Speaking of guys, I love Ranger. I just have to say that.

Lana Gramlich said...

I don't know that the protective urge is genetic (if so, it clearly doesn't become active until after high school, IF then,) but I do know that Charles was raised with that kind of value (& as a result, he's passed it on to his son.)
Love the story, btw.

raine said...

...let's pretend that we're married."

LMAO!!
Ahhh, thank you. A morning smile. :)

Do men in general still possess the protective instinct?

I'm afraid I'd have to vote no. More's the pity.

The Anti-Wife said...

Love the story. I think many men still have the protective instinct. Just depends on how they were raised.

Bernita said...

Doesn't surprise me, Charles, he's your son - and you're a prince.

Possibly because it is often misinterpreted, Travis?

Natasha, you remind me of the time a couple of years ago I ran into a casual acquaintance. He grabbed his cap off before he spoke.So sweet, so old-fashioned.
I was enchanted.

Ah, Lana confirms.Certainly the nature can be nurtured, Lana. And numerous old ladies have told me how "well-mannered' my boy is.

'Tis giggle-worthy, Raine!
A double-reverse!
Sad. I've been wondering if it's so or if just the outward forms of expression (like "manners") have changed.

Bernita said...

I have an in-law/outlaw who occasionally forwards me this stuff, AW.

Whirlochre said...

Tee hee.

Can't think I'll be up to protecting anyone for at least another 24 hours.

Bernita said...

But you'll revive, Whirl.

StarvingWriteNow said...

LOL!!! What a great "love" story.

SzélsőFa said...

Allright I understand now. What was around the 50's was actually 23 October 1956, where the tanks not only moved, they did use their weaponry as well. This day has been a National Rememberance day for the past 15 (or so )years.

(I don't mind that you did not know the exact date - it is our history and sad memory...there are some streets in Budapest where the houses still bear the holes in their walls...)

Bernita said...

The score is even in that one, Beth!

I should have taken the time to look it up, Szelsofa. I remember reading an account years after and being thrilled by the innovative Hungarian defense against the tanks.

Scott from Oregon said...

"Do men in general still possess the protective instinct?

I'm afraid I'd have to vote no. More's the pity."

Seriously? I bet its an evolutionary instinct, and is only hiding from you because you disallow it?

Men, as far as I know, still want to be "useful" and "protective" otherwise they lose all supremacy to women who got all the wiles...

Bernita said...

Ideally, the instinct has nothing to do with "supremacy."

Lauren said...

HAHAHAHAHA

That was awesome!

And for the question: my hubby and I are just in our mid/late 20's but he's always done the old-fashioned manners things (open doors, random presents, flowers)--albeit less frequently since the rings came around a couple years ago. However, protective when it comes to other guys flirting with me? No, he just starts playing on Facebook on his phone. Sooo annoying mostly because it makes the other guys flirt worse.

Ello said...

Oh I laughed and farted! Thanks for that! I needed a lighthearted laugh! My post was most serious today.

Bernita said...

Nice to see you, Lauren!
Sounds like he trusts you to tell them to flock off.

That was quite a lecture, Ellen.

writtenwyrdd said...

They are tearing up one of the main roads in town (whichI have to cross daily) and it involves a three-way intersection, a stream, blasting, new sewer lines, and big pieces of equipment throwing dust about all day long. It's been going on since June and they are still doing the sewer lines. Oy Vey.

When they were building the new 4-lane from US 95 at Houlton to the Canadian Trans Canadian highway at Woodstock NB (finished last year) there were some of those gigantic pieces of equipment you are talking about, Bernita. The dump trucks with wheels so big they look like toys and the backhoes with huge buckets that have to travel by themselves on the back of flatbed trailers when they move the equipment, they're so huge.

And I love that joke.

Suzanne Perazzini said...

Loved the story.
I think our own men are protective of us but other men are not naturally protective towards just any woman, which is a shame.

Bernita said...

Dust and grit, yes.So far, not as bad at that here, Written. Fortunately, there is an alternate bridge/detour across the river for some traffic.Some of those big machine buggers look like maurauding alien insects.

Suzanne, I wonder if those who are naturally gravitate toward fire/police/ambulance/military services.

writtenwyrdd said...

Personally, having worked in two uniformed services and law enforcement, I don't think it's generally protective men who get into the role. I'd vote for adrenaline junkies. This doesn't mean guys who get into these roles don't care about protecting and serving; just that it doesn't appear (to me) to be the overriding personality trait. The work also breeds cynicism and lack of trust. And to add to my perception are the statistics, which show, sadly, that the largest percentage of spousal abuse resides in the law enforcement population.

Bernita said...

OK, maybe the frustrations of the job dissolve the impulse.
Just thought I'd throw it out as a possibility.

writtenwyrdd said...

It's a nice thought, though. And maybe it's more true in Canada where you all are all so *polite*, lol.

laughingwolf said...

i believe that, bernita...

them thar critters is allus pertectorated :O lol

Bernita said...

"in Canada where you all are all so *polite*,"
HA!
~makes rude noise~

You're one of the nice guys, LW.

archer said...

Do men in general still possess the protective instinct?

Yes. If you say something mean to them they cross their legs. ;-)

Bernita said...

Oh... Archer, I thought that just meant they had to go potty...

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Bernita said...

That sounds to me like a shill post.

laughingwolf said...

thx... no spears, just fangs! :O lol

Barbara Martin said...

Great post, and a great chuckle. Needed that today. Thanks, Bernita. And the other comments were wonderful.

Shauna Roberts said...

Do men in general still possess the protective instinct? I think so. At least, my husband and my brothers do.

As for the construction machinery, my aunt was of the opinion that road crews dig up the roads in fall to bury their tools and then come back to dig in spring to retrieve them.

Steve Malley said...

I'm afraid we're hardwired...

Bernita said...

Glad you enjoyed it/them, Barbara!

Shauna, I verily believe your aunt is on to something.

I hope so, Steve. It's entirely endearing in your lot.