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June 04, 2004



Great post!


Personally, I think Hemingway is a new feminist compared to that idiot du Toit. I've felt that way ever since the last brouhaha he stirred up a few months back (not that I'd ever read him before that). I thought since I was seeing references all over the place I should go to the source. The guy's got serious psychological problems related to being abused as a child, or something (note...that's sarcasm).

Sharon D.

Rob, you are a man I respect and love. I always knew that even when I was a little girl...but, I'm glad to see that you've continued to be that person as you've grown and aged.

Life is not easy.....you've done well.


Rob, can I clone you?


I prefer Heinlein's list:

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

Joe G

#4 could be a rattlesnake


Go fishing. We can feel all studly when we have a big gun in our hands, but come on. If you want to provide ... catch a fish.

Ok, so I'm not really convinced of your #4. Isn't it more like "Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day, teach a man to fish, and he'll sit in a boat and drink beer all day"? (ha-ha)

Seriously, after all the years of knowing you, you never cease to amaze me. Men like you will never have to be concerned with what is manly. You either have it or you don't...being a man is not learned, it is a state of being, and you have it!!! Plus you're great husband to my sister, I might add. Love ya!

PS. I'll have that single malt ready for you when you're done fishing!

Kate S.

Not trying to be challenging or argumentative here (and I'm not finished reading this entry yet) but I tripped over this part about Hemmingway being a mysogynistic "hack" ... Hmmm... I had always heard about his mysogynistic rep in college but then in one specialized lit class we read a few of his works, along with 30 other people's, and I was smitten with his semi-autobiographical novel "A Farewell To Arms."
Although he later proved himself to be a drunken boor with all those other seeming characterless flaws, after reading some of his earlier post WWI writings, I attributed his boorishness to mental illness exacerbated by alcohol poisoning and bitterness.

Back to your entry....

Kate S.

Oh my. Numbers 11 and 18 made me fall deeply in love with you (not like THAT;) and 16 made me lol, driving that love even deeper; but number 6 of your addendum is the kind of sterling quality you exhibit on a daily basis that makes me very proud to have made your acquaintance, Mister Man.

On to (RUSH!) Part Two...

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