Guest Post: “Ladies: You Can Approach Me When I’m Single Too!” by Leonidas

March 10, 2012 21 comments

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“Ladies: You Can Approach Me When I’m Single Too!”
by Michael “Leonidas” Childress

Let us not mince words fearless readers!  Methinks Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel could figure out my intentions from the title of this [my third UML guest post – serving both to entertain and infuriate with equal fervor] supposition on another female-spawned enigma related to the quagmire that is the world of dating and relationships!

This particular bit of Cro-Mag deliciousness was brought to you by a phenomenon observable in the real world, pretty much on a daily basis.  The lion’s share of my guy friends seem to have experienced this mystical [mythical if you listen to some women] interaction at some point in their lives when they have been in a monogamous relationship.  The situation [hypothetical here, but empirical in the real world] is: A guy is with his girlfriend, wife, mistress, etc. in a public place.  Said female escort [no pun intended!] leaves to use the powder room.  Enter the interloper!  A female most likely unfamiliar with either the man or the now-absent female approaches the male like a lioness stalking a wounded gazelle on the Serengeti…  Ok.  The next bit can differ dependent upon the lioness in question, the particular location of the attack and the level of intoxication of the male target and/or that of the huntress.  Let’s say that our hypothetical threesome [again, no pun intended] are all in the bar section of a nice restaurant in Washington, D.C. and the libations are flowing on all fronts.

Now that the location of this fictional interlude is settled…depending on certain variables, other than location and alcohol consumption, at this point lots of different things can happen.  The aforementioned variables in question pertain to the characteristics of both the female launching the full-court press and the guy on the receiving end of the wanton attention.  Of course we must remember that there is a time factor here unless the female headed to powder her nose was actually using the bathroom trip as an excuse to ditch the dude in question or ended up meeting her version of Fabio en route to the Loo…  I digress!  This is one instance in the real world where the male has total hand [power] to decide the outcome of the interaction with the lady.  Will our fearless hero of the story take the moral high ground and send the strumpet packing or will he live up to the douchebag stereotype and get the digits for a future rendezvous or, even worse, will he leave his date post haste and exit stage left with the relationship-threatening harlot?!  I’m hoping he sends her packing if it’s his wife or girlfriend!

Oh, wait!  I forgot.  I am not here to discuss what happens after the antagonist of the story approaches our victim!  I am much more interested in what spawns the action of approaching the male that is with another female in the first place.  Well that and to theorize on why this topic doesn’t get more attention.  Awwwwww sad face on readers’ faces.  The thing that people don’t want to hear is that there is obviously some psychopathology there!  Is this pursuit merely about obtaining the unobtainable [or supposedly unobtainable…]?  Or does it have to do with the fact that another woman obviously found something in the guy in question and because she seemingly digs him he must be a good catch?  Is this some innate behavior manifesting itself like you seen in the lower echelons of the animal kingdom?  Is this something about the inherent desire to create strong offspring?  Inquiring minds want to know.  How many women successfully lure the guy away from the girl in the bathroom only to lose interest in him after securing him?!  I minored in psychology as an undergrad, but the only result of said studies seems to be the more frequent usage of the word “psychobabble”.  I even took a class entitled “The Psychology of Women” at one point.  Luckily the professor was hot because I left feeling more confused than before enrolling in the class.  Now my friends…this is not about psychological theory, “…this is…[UML]!”  Well given that this is a blog post and not an ask-and-answer session with members of “the fairer sex” I am now going to exert my literary will as dictator of this discourse and simply drop golden nuggets of pure Cro-Mag wisdom on you.  Boom! You might need a cigarette and a sandwich afterwards.  Feel free to comment with your own pearls of wisdom or retorts in the comment section below.  Unlike my previous two blogs for UML this one won’t be complete until you guys weigh in.  Consider this a democracy for a brief period of time!  The operative word being “brief”…

Now to be clear, I am in no way, shape or form here to provide a defense for guys that cheat; however there seems to be some serious carrot dangling [apologies for the phallic allusion] going on out there ladies!  Obviously related to the “taken phenomenon” is the fact that many married men seem to think their wedding ring is also a magnet for female attentions.  Ohhhhh come now ladies a guy in a committed relationship is one thing, but a married man?!  In all seriousness I have always been a huge proponent of the statement that “it takes two to tango”.  I’ve witnessed a lot of dudes give no consideration to the relationship status of a woman they approach in a club or bar or whatnot.  I think there’s a general lack of discipline and self-control amongst men and women when interacting with the opposite sex.  A lot of people turn into straight idiots during such interactions in fact.  Men and women in monogamous relationships are not heroin!  I do suppose there could be some sort of stimulation related to cheating that could contribute to its appeal to so many…  This is about where I hit the proverbial wall regarding analysis of the female perspective on this and pretty much any issue…  I can speculate until the proverbial cows come home, but I am a dude.  Profound…I know.

As a guy with high levels of testosterone I know that the male sex drive can be a harsh master [mistress?].  A stiff breeze can be the impetus of “excitement” on a bad day!  Even with all of this testosterone surging in me I still seem to have control of myself enough to not dry hump the leg of every attractive female in my purview.  I also don’t hit on [known] married or otherwise spoken for females.  So I can’t even identify with the guys that do that kind of stuff!  Females, as we know, are chemically and biologically and anatomically different from men.  Duh.  I can’t even fathom what it’s like to be a female although I probably would have had more drinks bought for me in the past.  Ahhhhhh enter alcohol!  That sexy beast.  That perpetual gamechanger!  I do know that alcohol can be a catalyst for the sex drive [if not for sex performance!].  With the consumption of libations inhibitions magically melt away and all of a sudden making out with a stranger and table dancing topless doesn’t seem so wrong…until the next morning…  Ever been to Vegas?  Some purport that booze helps reveal your true nature, but I think that is absolute bollocks.  Alcohol affects one’s physiology.  It does some crazy stuff to the nervous system and brain!  Of course alcohol can definitely play a significant role in this inappropriate desire to get some taboo lovin’, but it is not required to approach a person already in a relationship.  What it comes down to is weakness.  We all have them.  We’re all human.  Whether there are some other Freudian or Jungian or Sponge Bob-ian explanations for such behavior is a something for someone with a DSM-V on their bookshelf and a nice leather couch in their office to contemplate.

"She came up to me!!"

Soooooo initially when I was discussing this recently with [R E D A C T E D] we were kind of like, “Yeaahhhhhh suck it ladies!  You gals love dishing it out to us from your ivory towers while you engage in the same behaviors!  Booyaahh!”  It ended up being “Well we [cowboys and cowgirls] seem to be more alike than we care to admit.  Balls.”  Ultimately we can all approach people that are single [assuming we’re single ourselves naturally!] and not worry that they are damaged goods or serial killers or some other nefarious character.  Being single should not be some badge of disgrace like some sort of nouveau scarlet letter.  As most of us can testify people [of both sexes] date and marry horrible people all the time.  That’s a whole other blog topic of course.

So here’s a novel idea:  How’s about we all leave the married and taken people be and try to act like the smart monkeys we’re purported to be?!  It’s ok to talk to people of the opposite sex in monogamous relationships obviously.  If your intentions are not to do the horizontal mambo with the person you’re chatting up have at it!  If you’re doing bodyshots off of each other within the first few minutes of you need to bail.  Go take a cold shower and call your significant other.  Or you can join a dating site if you have no “other” to speak of.  All that said…remember ladies: if we’re both single then it’s “game on!”  Crack the Jagermeister bottle and let the inhibitions fall!

In Defense of Marriage

February 14, 2012 12 comments

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In Defense of Marriage 
by  Max Cooper of “The Art of Marriage”
In honor of Valentine’s day, it seems appropriate to address what appears to be a growing body of text devoted to the idea that marriage is an antiquated idea whose time is rapidly diminishing in the face of increased income equality and easy access to sex via either internet porn or online dating sites.  While all of this is likely true, as supported by both statistics and popular opinion (pick a blog, any blog), to assume that marriage is outdated based on economic and sexual factors is to ignore the

Yes, surprisingly, people still do this!

larger idea of what marriage has to offer.  Smarter people than me can speak to the historical origins of marriage as a way of providing economic security and creating a framework within which humans can express their sexuality in a way that both contributes to the community structure while protecting both the mother and child from stigma and parietal status.  While this all may be true, it ignores a more underlying aspect of marriage which is not as easily quantified, namely, the emotional and spiritual bond between two people, or, if you must, love.
The idea of marriage for love is, by all accounts, a more modern concept and one significantly younger than the economic and sexual benefits traditionally associated with marriage.  This shift in focus regarding the purpose of marriage, to find someone with whom you share an intimate emotional bond and can grow together as spiritual and emotional human beings, dominates modern discussions regarding the purpose of marriage.  After 100 years or so of marriage for love, often with mixed results given the historically upward trending rate of divorce, it seems only natural for people to beginning questioning whether one needs marriage at all.  Articles that argue the validity of remaining single in order to pursue a more spiritual life certainly address this idea, as Melanie Curtin does in “Why I’m not Married,”  and often frame the argument in the context of being single=more free time to pursue spiritual pursuits, whether in the form of exercise, yoga, meditation, travel, or the ever-ambiguous, ‘getting to know oneself.’  The seductiveness of this argument lies largely in its validity.  Being single does provide more free time and more money, with which one can use to pursue their particular interests.  However, despite its evident appeal, it is an argument that, upon closer examination, is based on a fundamentally false premise, namely, that being married limits ones potential for spiritual growth.
Marriage as an institution may very well be outdated from an economic and sexual perspective, but from a spiritual one, marriage remains a viable option for those seeking to better understand themselves and their place in this universe.  A familiar refrain states that the only wisdom you’ll find at the top of the mountain is the one you bring up.  Another way to look at that is that you contain within you the capacity to receive all the wisdom you’ll ever possess, and that only through physical and mental exertion will you realize your full potential and gain a better understanding of exactly who you are and what you are capable of.  People often argue that they don’t want to get married until they have a better understanding of who they are.  This is a catch 22, as one will never fully understand oneself, no matter how long one lives.  Human nature dictates that we are always changing.  Whether we are aware of the changes or not is largely dependent on the individual, but at no point in your life are you ever the same as you were at a previous point.  Buddhist refer to this as the idea of ‘no-self,’ and acceptance of it is a key milestone to spiritual enlightenment.  By accepting that one can never truly know oneself, as one is constantly changing, one can realize that to delay marriage in the name of self enlightenment is to effectively end all prospects of ever being married.  Instead, one should consider that, instead of working to complete one’s spiritual journey during their 20’s and early 30s (in order to leave time for marriage and kids), life itself is the journey.  Marriage is an outstanding way to experience this journey and one that, if better appreciated and understood, would likely change many people’s thoughts on marriage.

The Art of Marriage

Perhaps the word most associated with marriage is ‘sacrifice.’  When married, one must sacrifice many things in the name of marital bliss – time, money, hobbies, etc.  These sacrifices come not in the form of total rejection, but that one cannot think solely of oneself, one must consider how your partner will be affected.  Marriage introduces choices.  One can choose to spend time with their partner, or one can choose to pursue a hobby.  Either way, the choice involves sacrifice.  Through these sacrifices, one learns about oneself, more so than they could as an individual because the results of your choices affects another person.  Learning to frame choices in the context of how the outcome affects others is a profoundly spiritual concept and one that quickly provides a greater sense of who you are as a person, what you value, and what you can do to improve yourself as a human being.  Being single, your choices have much less impact on other people.  If you choose to go out with one group of friends instead of another, no big deal.  There may be some hurt feelings, but they are usually short-lived and easily forgotten.  In marriage, your choices add up, and in order to make a marriage work, one must strive to view their choices in the context of the whole, and not as isolated incidents.  Doing so requires one to step outside oneself, to look at oneself from a distance and judge dispassionately your thoughts and reasons behind your decisions.  This is about as spiritual an exercise as one can ever hope to practice, and there is no better medium in which to practice it than marriage.

A core tenant of Buddhist philosophy is the idea that life is suffering, and that the only way to free oneself from that suffering is to abandon worldly goods and concepts in favor of a monastic lifestyle devoid of all but the most barren of necessities.  Whether this is true of not is beyond my understanding, but one thing I do know is that, in the absence of giving up all your worldly possessions, modern single life, with all the freedoms and choices associated with it, is not an appropriate substitute.  Spirituality comes from true challenges, and marriage provides a far better framework within which one can be challenged than being single.  Through marriage with a person you love, and who loves you in return, you can both become more spiritual and self-aware than as individuals.  Marriage doesn’t mean giving up the things you love – it means learning how to continue pursuing the things you love while being aware of the effects those pursuits have on someone with whom you share a deep love, understanding, and desire to make their life more meaningful.  This is the true benefit of marriage, and, if properly understood and pursued, can provide a more meaningful path to spiritual awareness than a lifetime of being single.

Man Law #88 – Real Fights Have No Soundtrack

November 12, 2011 7 comments

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The Call. The Text. Accusations.

What do you mean "you're not a mind reader?"

If you’ve ever been in any sort of relationship, you’ve all been on the receiving end.

A few years ago and a day, thats when it all happened. I was walking. The sun was shining. Birds were chirping and then something in my pocket started to vibrate.

“You have mail.”

No, it wasn’t AOL. I said a few years ago, not the nineties. (Editorial Note: It was a Facebook message.)

Who knows where or when it started but I knew where it would end.

Some things come out of left field. Like this post. Just something that all of us go through at some point and from my brief time on this Earth seems likely to continue.

For whatever reason, women, or at least some women (and not the ones reading this, of course) know just the time and place to strike where it will hit hardest. From the second they met you, they were scanning for your Achilles’ Heel and chances are they knew where it was after a few dates but were keeping it in their back pocket for that moment when they needed it. Just when something good has happened – a birthday, promotion, a new car or apartment –  the island is in view and you’ve been at sea for months, and then the wind stops blowing.

Where do you think you’re going, Romeo?

Remember that time you forgot to bring her hot and sour soup? You ROYALLY fucked up a long time ago, and she thinks now is the perfect time to discuss it. Why not? You seem just a bit too happy for her not to be the root cause of it…


A scandalous picture of you and some chic at the bar showed up on Facebook. You didn’t give the right response and she’s been thinking, stewing, STEAMING over it all this time. Oh, you thought she would forget about all that…

It doesn’t matter what you did, she knows you did something.

In the movies, you can always tell when something dramatic is about to happen – the lights darken, the camera pans out, the music gets more intense, and your heart starts to beat faster, but…

Real Fights Have No Soundtrack.

There is no cue or director.There is no script.

All of a sudden, you find yourself in the heart of one. And she’s not going to wait for you to remember your next line. If you’re like me, you’re only thinking one thing:


It’s funny, but the right skillfully crafted message can cut deeper than the sharpest object.

I know I’ve been there. One moment, you’re humming along, all your friends seem to like you, boss pats you on the back for a job well done, the dog fixes himself dinner and takes himself out for a walk, and then all hell breaks lose.

One particular time a few years ago is seared into my memory. Tattooed, might be the more appropriate word.

Everything in my life was going up hill. I mean everything.

And then I checked my messages.

Sold at a store near you.

I don’t know what it is in the female brain that seems to find the perfect moment to cut you down to size. It’s not that guys won’t start fights. Quite the contrary. But when someone is about to punch you in the face, you usually know you’re about to get punched in the face.

But the opposite sex, they know how to knock you out before the bell started the round. DING!

There are no words of advice in this post. If you’ve read this far, you probably already know that a verbal argument with the woman you’re dating will probably only result in one outcome – your loss.

I won’t go into details but I found myself on the losing end. She had about a 20 point lead before she asked me to play. The fight had actually started months before when I was looking the other way. A suspicion that she had. And whether the suspicion was warranted or not, did.not. matter. It was my fault.

Some arguments, you’re just going to have fight your instinct if you want to keep the relationship going…Even if you win the argument, even if you convince her that she was wrong, what has that really gotten you? See, if Hollywood and Disney misled women into believing these fairy tale Princess tales, they did just as much damage to men by thinking that when you’re about to fight, the Rocky music starts playing and you’ll have a crowd cheering behind you by the end. But see, when you fight with her, you may have won, but there’ll be no-one standing in your corner…

(Picture Copyright by Bill Waterson)

The Helpless, Both Hands Up in the air gesture, is a powerful move by the female sex. Proceed with caution, Gentlemen...

The truth is, you BOTH have to want to work it out and sometimes, nothing you’re going to say is going to make any difference. In fact, in my experience, the more I said, the worse the situation became…  You two may just have to take a break and let time sort it out. She has to remember ALL the good times she had with you and for what its worth, she has to know that you feel all the pain that you’ve caused her. There may be a better way of describing this, but these are the words I have at the moment.

“We must hang together or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” – Benjamin Franklin

So, Gentlemen, this is one of those post that you just have to reflect on – there are no words of wisdom. Try Yoda. Just hold your ground, don’t lose your cool. Throw on the kevlar and keep on chucking. Real fights have no soundtrack, but as cliche as it sounds, anything worth having, is worth fighting for…

This is Ethan Bishop, Over and Out.

As always,  your comments welcome.

Man Theory – The Balance Beam Theory

August 29, 2011 8 comments

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It’s been a few months since I’ve written a Man Law or Man Theory, and TONIGHT, I thought it was time to change ALL that so sit back,  relax and enjoy the entry!

For the past few years, I think men everywhere have been aware of the idea that women like to test us. They like to see HOW we handle certain situations and in many ways, they create these situations to see what WE are made of and if we are the right one for them.

I have yet to meet a woman who will come forward and say that they actively test guys. Specifically, they will not tell you, “Hey, this is a test, I want to see how you handle this situation, go run around this play area, I’m going to monitor your behavior and I’ll let you know if I like what I see…”  It’s not even clear if they are AWARE of how this comes across to us or why we feel that way at times. But I know I’m not the first to experience this and men everywhere can collectively sigh, shake their head and say aloud to the computer “ALAS, but ’tis true.”

First, it’s quite common for the female of the species, whether its primates, birds or fish, to want to know that their man is MAN ENOUGH to protect them.  You’ll see males everywhere battle for territory, ram their horns, display their feathers, and do their dance in order to attract the attention of the female. It’s very natural and after all, if they are pregnant with offspring, they probably won’t be running around with the bow and arrow chasing down the kill and they need to feel that their man will provide for them. I know a number of women in the 21st century would like to think they can handle all of this without a man, and there are many of them out there that can, but some, deep down, know that it’s in our male nature to want to handle these sorts of things.  After all, if they are the brains of the relationship, we are the muscle, or at least that’s how it was at one point.

So what is Balance Beam Theory, you ask? Here, I’ll tell you.

If you think of every woman as a gymnastics coach, YOU, gentlemen, are on the far side of a 20-30 foot long balance beam.  When you see a woman of interest, your job is to make it across this balance beam and she will throw everything at you to see if you can handle all that may occur in a relationship with her.  When you step on the beam, you are on display, and you can think of it as a march to the scaffold with her being the final decision point as to whether or not you’ll be beheaded even if you make it across. There are people (her friends) who are throwing things at you, rotten eggs and tomatoes, all the dirt that has been dug up on you, combat boots, anything not staked to the ground and within her grasp, trying to actively knock you off balance. You may even make it across, only for the American Idol judges to give you all ones and zeroes, but you have to finish in the first place to know where you stand.

Now women are smart. They are REAL smart. And they talk. So just about every woman out there has about 4-5 men (all on varying length balance beams), probably more, that are actively pursuing her and she knows it. She’s not dumb. So the woman is standing on the opposite end of the beam, and she has a whip in her hand. You only have a limited time frame to make it across and if you fall off, she might not let you back on, not if you failed the wrong test since they all have different levels of importance. Some women may value integrity while others value openness and honesty. It’s different for everyone.

The funny thing is that just about every guy out there (Editorial Note: every hetero guy…) is on SOME sort of balance beam. Whether he would like to admit it or not, he had to do SOMETHING to prove to her that he wasn’t just some average guy on the street. Women don’t have the time to fool around with all the guys who are after them, they may make it “easier” for some who have proven it in other ways, but in general, ALL of us have to go through some sort of mental and physical aptitude test. Are you up for the position? Because if not, there are plenty of applicants.

So, as a man, what do you do, what CAN you do? First thing you can do is realize that you aren’t going to always make it across. It’s not possible. Some of these women need you to not only hold your balance but do flips, jumping jacks, somersaults and they don’t care WHAT you do, you aren’t going to make it.

Don’t worry about them.

What doesn’t throw you off, will make you stronger though, and that experience will prepare you for the NEXT woman you cross paths with and this is just as important.  She’s building you up and you need to appreciate this because if you make it across, in most cases, it will be worth it. She’ll feel confident that you are the guy who knows how to deal with all the situational drama that you may come across in a relationship with her and she also knows that you were up for the task.  You were man enough and if you make it, good job, you deserve a pat on the back (cause she will probably be angry at you anyway for taking so long.)

Another thing you have to remember while you are up there on display, is to STAY FOCUSED. Hold your ground, maintain your base, and stay steady for ANYTHING that might happen in the moment.  Just because you see something on the side that’s about to get launched at you doesn’t mean you have to jump off to dodge it. Instead, greet it head on, make friends with it, you have to maintain your focus and in this case, it’s her. Most of us already know and HAVE what it takes to get across, but we forget in the heat of the moment.

Now, to leave you with something meaningful and something you walk away with if nothing at all from this post, in the words of a famous writer, some know him as the author of the “Song of Ice and Fire” series:

“Fear cuts deeper than swords”- George R.R. Martin

If you remember where you stand, your feet will take you where you  need to go… 

As always, welcoming comments and criticisms.

This is Ethan Bishop. Over and out.

Man Law #87 – Five Days Together is Two Days Too Many…

June 14, 2011 5 comments

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K.I.S.S. Keep. It. Short. Stupid. Never spend more than three days together (at first).

::Names and Dates Have been Changed To Protect The Innocent. ::

A few weeks ago, possibly years, or maybe yesterday, I  invited someone to stay with me for a few days, lets call her Lena. This wasn’t just anyone but someone who I “might” start dating.  I say “might” because sometimes you don’t know you two dated until you see a Facebook status update stating how some “douchebag” hasn’t talked to her in months and by “douchebag” she means you…

Too Much Salt, Spoils The Meal...

Through e-mails and Facebook, we got along great. The attraction was there.  A few exchanges of pictures and it was clear…


When we finally decided to meet for the first time, I made the mistake that anyone who was thinking clearly would have seen from the next country over. She lived a short plane flight away and so when I invited her down, I thought “Who knows when the next time we’d see each other would be? 3-5 Days sounds good. What difference could two extra days make?”

A HUGE Difference.

For what its worth, a serious family issue arose the very next day after she arrived.  So serious in fact, that Lena was debating leaving that same night. Luckily, everyone turned out ok and everything went alright.  No one can control these things but when you barely know the person, this leaves some understandable awkwardness. If it was just a single night out, rescheduling would be the obvious choice, but there was nowhere for either of us to go! And this left us to an area of co-habitation..

When you live with roomates, no matter how great you got along before, they will find a way to piss you off. One person likes the temperature to read TROPICAL while the other prefers it slightly above freezing. (Editorial Note: If the other residents of the household have a year-round fur coat and walk on all fours, you might be able to tell which type you are dealing with.) One person will leave the kitchen light on at night, while another never puts the dishes away since everyone else was unknowingly hired as a maid service when the lease was signed. These aren’t things you can REALLY tell about a person until you start living with them…

And then you find out.

So when you start seeing someone, as much as you might like them, make sure you schedule some down time apart. Too much time together can  exhaust anyone. The funny thing is – I know this, I knew this, and the second I was face-to-face in that exact same situation, forgot it.

The Unbreakable Man Laws (n) – an online mental reminder list of all the mistakes I never want to make again!

If the two of you connected quickly in one form or another, Its too much and you don’t have the history of previous experience to give you the necessary “oomph” that is needed. A lot of women (and some men) will say, “Hey, if he can’t remember to put the toilet seat down, maybe he won’t remember to show up for the wedding either…NEXT” It sounds funny at first, but guys have been thrown to the curb for much less. (i.e. “He said he was on a diet and he just ordered a cheeseburger. I guess he’s not the one.” True story).

I’ll take it one step further to say that unless you’ve gotten into a solid argument with the other person (and for one, I don’t believe people can have a real relationship if you never argue), don’t spend more than three days of uninterrupted time with her. Wait until that first REAL argument. If she has thrown objects at you, DING DING DING, thats an even better indicator that you are ready to go for that fourth day.

With this past instance, because we had gone through several weeks of talking solely through e-mail and Facebook (luckily for me, we both hate the phone), when we finally met in person, I think we became too comfortable. After the third day of spending every waking moment together, you may inadvertently start slipping into behavior of a past relationship and unconsciously start acting in a way that isn’t appropriate for whom you are with right now. And that is exactly what happened.

In retrospect, I learned a lot from the experience. Sometimes you have to lose to win.   While I have no regrets and despite how things turned out in the end, I had a fantastic time.  I pretty much always have a good time. While I made a lot of mistakes with her mostly within the 72 hour mark, I think most of them would have been overlooked had there been some down time and space between us. Will we meet again sometime in the future, no one knows, but I’ll be sure not to make this same mistake again. You live, you learn… I’ll be sure to take different steps with the next person.

Who knows, maybe I should have shown up at the airport with flowers?


So Gentlemen, next time you invite that lady friend down to stay with you, or if she lives only fifteen minutes away, make sure you don’t rush into things and spend too much time together.  As much as you want to connect, that time apart is just as important to have,  as the time together.

This is a Public Service Announcement from Ethan Bishop.

Making mistakes right around the clock, so you don’t have to…

And Lena, if you happen to stumble upon this post many years in the future, know this:

“My fault, my failure, is not in the passions I have, but in my lack of control of them.”  – Jack Kerouac

Inviting any and all to comment.

Man Law #86 – Kiss Her Like You Mean It!

May 28, 2011 1 comment

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A friend of mine recently posted a video of her marriage proposal on Facebook – Now, besides the fact that the proposal idea was completely original and unique in that it was tailored to HER, there were a few points that people happened to notice and comment on more so than the proposal itself…

The Kiss...

The Kiss.

You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again –  A kiss tells A LOT about a person.  There’s plenty of different types of kissers but one thing is for sure. A good kiss should have the other person begging for a second one. She should WANT to continue it. And the only way that I know of doing this, is being absolutely – in the moment – while you kiss her.

So what do I mean by – in the moment.

A good kiss, a good FIRST kiss, is a bit like you and her freezing in time while everyone else in the room melts away *instantly*. You know it’s about to get to this moment, when you are kissing her and you have cognitive awareness that there are other people in the room and all of a sudden you just say – “ FUCK IT.” It really should be “f—k them” because everything else is unimportant. During this moment, the two of you are completely engaged. And this is where you have to make it count.

Kisses must flow.

You and this person need to be fighting over positioning. She is pulling you into her as you are pulling her back into you. She is grabbing your lapels, you are physically moving into her, and this embrace can be likened to the embrace of savages. As this is our most base instinct. (I know this is deep right now but deal with it for a second).

If you are growing squeamish at this point, it’s best if you turn back now… In fact, leave your man card at the door, you won’t be needing it…

During each moment of the kiss, be aware of the sensitivity and the amount of pressure exerted on the lips. I say this because you need to be aware of what’s going on in the moment. If she is standing like a stick figure and passively allowing you to kiss her, chances are, she’s not really into it. She doesn’t want to turn away but she’s honored that you are willing to take a chance at rejection.  Usually this turns out to mean one thing.


In 2011, “Boyfriend” is a subjective term.  In this case, it refers to any person she is engaged with sexually that would be pissed off if she knew the two of you were swapping saliva. This could be anything from a guy she went on one or two dates with or a guy she is currently engaged to…You can’t do anything about him right now, but if you do know she is seeing someone (or feel a ring on her finger, whichever comes first), don’t cross the streams and leave this for him to take care of… Moving on…

 There is nothing worse than a static kisser.

Your mouth should never just move up and down, up and down, ones(1) and zeroes (0),  like a peg on an assembly line. But it should flow into the next iteration of the movement. Think: WAVES. Water. Flowing.  Everything should be smooth, graceful, and even. While you should be aware of your mouth, your entire body should be involved. Feel the ground beneath your feet. I’m serious. Are you firm? Leaning in, Leaning out?  Get it? A good kiss involves every part of your body from the mouth down to your toes.

Step into her. Grab the small of her back to pull her close. Cup the side of her face in your one hand. Cup the back of her neck. Use BOTH hands to cup her face. Hold it for an instant while you let the moment – sizzle. This is your time. Own it.

A good kiss doesn't just involve the tongue...but the lips as well...suck 'em!

A good kiss, should have her reeling back and saying to herself…Wow.

Where did this guy come from?

Now there are a few people who don’t believe in public displays of affection and there is certainly a time or place for this…but if there is one thing you need to take away from this Man Law…it’s the following…

When it comes to PASSION, it’s always the right time…

This is Ethan Bishop.

Over and out.

An Open Letter from Miss Solomon: From Nice to NEXT!

May 15, 2011 8 comments

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Dear Nice Guys of The World,

Hey there, what’s up? I know we haven’t spoken in awhile but I feel bad about the way things ended. Once we parted I thought I’d never speak to you again. Still, I couldn’t leave you with so many questions, wondering why things didn’t work out when they seemed to be going so well.

Things were going well, actually. I didn’t mind that you’d call me the second I said I would be home or back from a trip. Thanks to caller id, I never had to answer. Even the senseless texts and your attempts at humor didn’t bother me.

The truth is I just wanted you to take some initiative and escape all the fears that had held you back with other women and make one exception for me. I wanted to hear from your own mouth what you thought of me and what you wanted from me.

Don’t hate me for saying this but I was testing you. Obviously you didn’t pass. I know it brings up questions about what women really want but you have to understand even when you’re on a date with one women you’re still competing against every other man that wants to date her too.

I wasn’t trying to see how much you would let me get away with or how much of your dignity you’d let me take, I only wanted to know if you had a backbone and where exactly was it.

I would’ve been fine without the five star dining had you offered more interesting and riveting conversation. I would have been content with inexpensive dates had you only thought more creatively. All I wanted was for you to be your own person and have your own thoughts. Oh and for you to stop thinking that if you were a cast member of Entourage, you’d be Vincent Chase.

From the moment we met I could tell that you liked me a lot and while on most occasions it’s flattering, I got the impression that you liked me but you didn’t know me. It seemed like everything I ever said about anything just went right over your head. For as long as we dated, I doubt you ever even knew my favorite color or my middle name.

Whether or not I was funny you laughed at my jokes, whether or not I was hungry you wanted to take me to dinner. No matter what I said, I always felt that you just weren’t listening to who I was. I would always just be a beautiful woman.

You never realized that to me you were not a beautiful man. You were supposed to be the reason why looks don’t matter. You were supposed to be the kind of guy who listened and was attentive, able to stimulate my mind with intense conversations and deep debate. Instead you agreed with everything I said.

All you could think about was having sex. You had the look of a thirteen year old seeing porn for the first time and you didn’t even realize how many times I’d seen that look before. The minute inexperience was painted all over your face I knew we could never be.

I guess I kept thinking under the shyness and insecurities there would be an exciting, charismatic and interesting guy. You repeatedly found ways to prove me wrong. You abandoned all sincerity and let hormones take you over.

I needed you to see yourself, the way I saw you as a man who was given a chance. For all the times you swore you finished last, or were ignored. I gave you an opportunity to prove everyone wrong. You could’ve showed me that there was something to nice guys that women were missing out on. You didn’t.

You require more patience, more affection, more coaxing and coddling than any other man I’ve ever dated. Our past has been so full of boring chitchat, bitchassness and awkward kissing that I just don’t see how we could ever have a future.

I hope you will learn from this letter and find a way to make yourself either far more interesting or more self-aware. If you see me in the streets, please don’t speak.


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