I showed the stuff I wrote the other day to someone I know and they just didn’t get it. And I don’t get that. It always amazes me when I see a guy who doesn’t get the whole tool thing. Or who has no idea what’s going on when he opens a car hood.
I’m sure it’s just because of when and where and how I was brought up. I can kind of understand why young folk don’t really get cars. These days you need a couple of degrees to figure out why a car is acting the way it is. But not too many years ago you could still work on them so guys of a certain age could understand that basics at least.
Oh sure, I get it. Some people are interested in other stuff, and if your dad and your friends and your friends’ dads didn’t care about cars how would you ever come to be interested. Intellectually I understand that. But somewhere deep inside I have this feeling that tools and gadgets and wanting to understand how things work is some sort of genetic imperative. A guy should just naturally “get” guy stuff. Tools are guy stuff.
Then again, it could be argued that the desire to beat the hell out of anyone that pisses you off is “guy” stuff, but I don’t get that either. Why beat the hell out of the guy when you could just buy him a beer and sit down and talk about the Cubbies? Most guys have more in common than they ever want to admit.
The first rule of fight club should be to never join fight club.