Note: The "Trooper" in question is not actually in the military. It's a metaphor, people.

August 28, 2008

Snakes and Snails....

Tow boys are talking about computers upstairs. I was able to turn up the volume long enough to enjoy the Obama speech, but it's over now and they're still talking. And they won't stop. I'd probably join them except I don't understand a word they are saying. So now I'm stuck down in the office with Luna and the cats, killing time on the actual machine rather than listening to them talk about it.

What is it with men and their fondness for excruciating detail, processes and technical paraphernalia? Has anyone else noticed this? For some men it's baseball statistics, tool collecting and the stock market. For others, it's movie quotes (usually Caddyshack), maps, and knowledge of wine. It doesn't matter what it is, really; it's all the same. Men collecting data, information, knowledge just for the sake of having it and maybe showing it off. I know it doesn't seem like a fantasy baseball-loving guy with a full workshop in his garage has all that much in common with a map-collecting guy with a cellar full of wine he can talk about in great detail. But they have a lot more in common than you think. The y chromosome to start with.

I know women with shades of this quality. But never through to the bone the way I've seen it with men. Or maybe it's just me. Maybe I'm just too lazy to delve that deeply into any subject. Sure, I write - but only on a little blog every week or so. Sure, I knit-- but I'm not aiming for much beyond a hat or a blanket. Sure, I like wine-- but only enough to know that too much red gives me a headache. I always say that I'd rather not dedicate that much brain space to trivia. But I sure do love it that Wine Guy has the encyclopedic knowledge of wine, astrology, religion, and all the other things I'm so proud he knows so much about.

What do you guys think?


Sonny Amou said...

It's bromance talk. It's their way of making out. Without making out.


lizriz said...

I think you should meet my roommate, Erin. She will blow your theory to shreds.


Anonymous said... aseems to me that women do it too, but mainly relative to people and relationships..their children's milestones, family histories, friendship stories..often remembered with intricate detail...

Anonymous said...

I think it's just you, and all those who feel the same as you who aren't into trivia.