Men speak out: The Top 10 Rules

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Wonder who is writing all the Dating Rule Books about green lights and red flags and faux pas?

Fact: Most dating, mating, flirting, and loving rule books are written by women!  

At last a guy, Mr. Anon, has taken the time to create  “The List of Rules From the Manly Man Point of View.” The original manuscript, written in pencil on a piece of binder paper had few real scholarly pretensions. Through time, various male readers felt compelled to enhance and embellish the edicts.

Ladies: Now we know: what men are really thinking.

The Top 10 Manly Man Rules

1.      ESPN not ESP: Men are not mind readers. We are rugged, brawny, handsome and handy – we just don’t have the ESP gene – spell it out, sweetheart.

2.      Sunday Sports are of the highest importance. They’re like the full moon, the stars and the sky – our True North. It’s not the day to drag us to mall and make us hold your suitcase-sized purse as you try on 15 pair of identical black jeana. We crave Sunday Sports – be a sport – and just hand us the remote control.

3.      Don’t Mall Me: Shopping is not a sport. No amount of cajoling, kidding, or kissing is going to make us think of it that way.

4.      Ask for what you want:. Let us be clear on this one: subtle hints do not work. Strong, loud, hints don’t work. Call us primitive– it is obvious your soft, whimsical and cute little hints are not effective. Do us both a favor, and clearly state what you want.

5.      Final Answer: ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ are perfectly acceptable answers to almost every question. We are succinct. Especially during TV commercials.

6.      Talk to the Girls: Come to us with a problem only if you really want help solving it. That’s what we do. Sympathy, gossip, chatting – are what your wonderful girlfriends are for, right?

7.      Memories: Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument. In fact, all comments become null and Void after seven days.

8.      Weighty Issues: If you think you’re fat, you might be – or you are looking for a compliment… and reassurance…first check a mirror, and then come to us…and, never on a Sunday.

9.      Lost in Translation: If something we said can be interpreted two ways and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, we really meant the other one. Honest.

10.  Commercial Value: Whenever possible, please say whatever you have to say during the TV commercials.

And, for the record:  Following our Bliss~ Christopher Columbus didn’t need directions and pride prevents us from breaking the mold. Work with us—that’s why God invented maps and GPS.

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