For your perusal today, I have two wildly disparate topics which I will condense into one giant-size blog post, to make up for my long delay. You're welcome.
The genesis of what I'm going to talk about today comes from a late night Skype chat with the lovely Miss Hyde, currently holding it down in lovely Jew-maica, whom you can find over at http://wagwanjamaica.blogspot.com/. It was her idea to take these elements of our chat and blog about them, so if you are offended - feel free to fill her inbox with spam and hate-filled emails. She loves that kind of thing. (But seriously, don't do that. She'll cut me.)
As we talked yesterday, one of the topics that came up was the inherent differences between men and women. Clearly, this topic could fill up three hundred billion books (and has, seemingly), but what I was focused on specifically was our physical differences. I had to ask a woman just what was appealing about men, in any way, shape or form? We're gross. It's just science.
We bantered back and forth about it for a bit, until I unleashed my secret weapon. Shorts. I now postulate to the rest of you - is there anything LESS attractive in the history of the planet and the people on it than a man wearing any kind of shorts? An example after the jump (this is your chance to bail out now, if you need to. I understand).
See what I mean? Just terrible.
Okay, so I found pretty much the worst picture of a man in shorts that was available on the internet. I can't imagine a better way to prove my point, though. Just LOOK at the guy. He went outside like that, where people could see him and take his picture. I just don't understand for the love of all that is holy WHY.
Now, think about a woman wearing shorts. Any woman. It doesn't have to be Gisele Bundchen or Mila Kunis or whoever Cosmo says is the prettiest one this week. Barring physical extremes or deformities, the female leg is shapely, proportional, and most importantly - hairless. It pretty much says to the world, "Hey world, check me out. I'm pretty sweet and lead somewhere even better." Ahem. I digress.
So, that's pretty much my theory. Women are softer, sweeter, and smell better. Us men have none of the above going for us, so why don't we do the whole world a favor and wear pants, for chrissakes? I know it gets hot during the summer, but a little discomfort is a small price to pay for not making the rest of the world want to poke their eyes out with a sharpened toothbrush. Thank you in advance for your support!
That rant came about from my description of the time I spent in Texas, specifically of all the things I will never, ever miss. Dudes in shorts is the absolute top spot on the list, but running almost neck and neck with that visual abomination was the evangelical Christians of Texas. I know plenty of people who are Christian, so before you get out the hammer and nails (sorry, sorry . . . I HAD to), I am likely not talking about you.
I think most people of the core faiths are pretty similar, overall. You go about your daily lives, struggle to better yourselves and provide for the family, and you generally try to live by the important rules in your respective Manual of Religious Expression and Thought. Those rules themselves generally all boil down to the Wyld Stallions Rule: "Be Excellent To Each Other". I can get down with that, though I am of no faith or creed.
In speaking with Miss Hyde, who is Jewish, and the night before having spent time at my friend Ben's house and speaking with him and his parents (who are Jewish as well) and Kashif (my Muslim guitar player), it occured to me that of all the faiths, I find that Christians are far and away the most arrogant. Sorry, it's true. It's not all of you. It's just that the obnoxious ones far and away lead the Obnoxious Religious Guy Parade right down Main Street, USA.
I have never been told by a Jew or a Muslim that I am going to Hell. From what I understand, they don't believe in it. . . . because it's fucking STUPID. You don't get to have an all-loving, all-forgiving God that casts you down into a pit of fire, to burn for all eternity, for EATING MEAT ON FRIDAY. Do not pass Gaililee, do not collect 200 shekels.
I have never had a Jew or a Muslim come to my door, while I am trying to do something important like read to my kids, cook dinner, or
American Muslims and Jews have not tried to create the myth that our Founding Fathers were hardcore religious warriors carving out a new country for God/Allah/Howard The Duck, and to prove that theory, remove the loudest anti-religious of them from the textbooks in the schools. Yep. Texas did that. They also decided to gloss over 200 years of slavery, but hey . . . that's a different post.
I have never seen a Jew or a Muslim on my TV telling me that if I send them a thousand dollars RIGHT NOW, I will get a spot on one of the best benches in Heaven, presumably next to Jesus, Moses, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Dominic the Christmas Donkey. They just don't do it. The Jews that take my money sold me my engagement ring, and then handle my divorce in court (well played, Jews! Nice combo move!) and the Muslims that take my money drive me around Manhattan and sell me fifteen-dollar cigarettes (Well played, Muslims!).
Okay, that was Stereotype Central. But hey, I've been teeing off on Christians for like twenty minutes now. Stop crying.
So, leave me a comment and let me know if you agree or disagree. But consider this . . . Jesus did not hate gays or think war was cool. He also didn't ask for money or ride around on a bicycle telling you how wrong you are, or that you would suffer for eternity if you disagreed with his philosophies (way cool as they were, Wyld Stallions ROCK!). But perhaps most importantly of all . . . . he lived in the Middle East, hung around in the desert sun, and he DID NOT WEAR FUCKING SHORTS. Buy some slacks, asshole!
Ahem. Thank you. Au revoir.