Friday, January 18, 2013

What Guys Talk About

     Some people (women mostly, I suppose) wonder what guys talk about when they get together by themselves and shoot the breeze. (Okay, ladies, please hold the snide comments.) I don't know what younger men talk about, but here are the kinds of things Baby Boomer men discuss when they are together, by themselves, without wives or girlfriends.

      The scene: The Cheesecake Factory. (Someone suggested going to Panera's, but it was judged not "manly" enough.)

     The time: Lunch

    The characters: Three men, age 63, 61 and 57.

    The menu:  One of the guys had meatloaf with mashed potatoes, and a beer. Two of the guys had Diet Cokes and some kind of southwestern pasta dish. "It's okay," concluded the 57-year-old (not me), "but I don't think I'd order it again."

     And the topics of conversation:

     Children:  The daughter of the 57-year-old is 26. She took an extra year to wend her way through college and then managed to get a low-level daycare job in Hartford, Conn., where she was living with her boyfriend. This past year she moved with her boyfriend to Austin, Texas, for a better job as a real teacher. The boyfriend is a musician. "But he has a day job, too," the girl's father was quick to add. He reported that they both love Austin -- lots of young people and a great music scene -- and the father is happy with the whole situation.

     The daughter of the 61-year old, also 26, has been living at home for the past three years, working as an event planner. She had managed to turn a part-time job into a fulltime job. "It pays better now," according to her father, "but she still doesn't get any health insurance." He's still got her on his plan. That doesn't bother him. What bothers him is that she recently moved out of the house, and moved in with her boyfriend, in a house they share with another couple. "I guess it doesn't really bother me that she's living with a guy," he says. "It's just that I'm not too sure about him." He was fine as a boyfriend -- but when you move in together it suggests a bigger commitment. And this guy's ... well, he's a nice kid, but kind of a drifter. He's a few years older than the daughter, and he still has a part time job and is going to school at night. "But gee whiz, he's almost 30 and you'd think by now he'd have his act together."

A "Benz" C-class sports model
     Cars: The fellow who's daughter is in Austin is looking for a car to replace an old Audi that he bought used a couple of years ago. Now he's looking into car auctions. There's one in Kissimmee, Fla., and another upcoming in Houston. "I'm going to watch these things. If it looks like a good deal, I'm going to fly down, visit my daughter in Austin, then go bid on a car in Houston." He's not worried he's going to get a leftover car from a flood or something? No, you can get the Carfax report -- and besides they're so cheap that even if you have to put several hundred dollars into the car, its still a good deal.

     We'll see. But my other friend recently junked his old Mazda and got a good deal (which he found on on a "lightly used" Mercedes -- a 2013 C-class with less than a thousand miles on it. To which my other friend set him straight: "You don't call it a Mercedes. You say you've got a Benz!"

     Vacation:  I'm about to leave for three weeks in Florida. The 57-year-old is planning to visit his daughter in Austin in February. (She moved last August, and he hasn't been there yet.) And the other fellow -- the meatloaf guy -- he's planning to go down to Myrtle Beach, where he bought a condo three years ago. He's retired and going by himself for a week or ten days. Then his wife, who's still working, will fly down to join him for a week's vacation.

Remember Blue Oyster Cult? I didn't.
     Music:  We're talking about going to a concert called "John Lennon -- "Re-Imagined," by the Nutopians, where they offer their own interpretations of the Lennon songbook. The 57-year-old is going to a Blue Oyster Cult concert. I had never heard of this group. Have you? My friend was appalled at my ignorance of 1970s bands. "Their big song was Don't Fear the Reaper. You don't know it?" he asked. But what are ya' gonna do? I wasn't that into music in the 1970s, I was into starting my career.

     Golf:  Then, after lunch, we paid the bill and all walked over to Dick's Sporting Goods. We tried out a few putters. One of the guys is in the market for a new set of irons. He admitted he was scouting them out at Dick's, but probably would buy them on the Internet. That seems kind of cheesy to me. And besides, the prices at Dick's are pretty good. I don't know what my friend is will end up doing, but I bought a new pitching wedge, on sale for $39.95.

     So that's it, ladies. No one talked about sex. No one talked about their wives, except in passing. (Is that a good thing, or a bad thing?) No one talked about sports, or guns, or gun control. I don't know how representative we are. We're just three old Baby Boomers slouching toward retirement.


Olga said...

Oh, well, now themystery is completely spoiled.

Rose ~ from Oz said...

The subject matter is definitely a global thing!
Are you SURE there's nothing more??

Arkansas Patti said...

Aw gee, nothing like what I thought but the wives of those three should feel quite comfortable.

Susan R said...

I am with Rose. LOL But it was interesting and shocking. Blue Oyster Cult was big, very big. If you haven't already why not have a listen?

Stephen Hayes said...

When I go out with the guys and my wife asks what we talked about I always say, "We discussed the concept of infinity." She usually leaves the room.

June said...

Tell the guy who's looking for a car to look at the website for Precision Automotive. Much closer. Used Volvos.

Linda Myers said...

I was impressed the guys talked about their daughters and knew what was going on with them. I have to remind my husband sometimes. His main interest is whether they have a good job.

schmidleysscribblins, said...

I hate to tell you this but I wasn't very concerned about what men talk about when the women are absent. Quite frankly, wimmen have better conversations about recipes, ailments and children.

Oh and then there is the hot topics of the odd boyfriend, which kid is a lesbian, and who is going with an illegal alien. Dianne

PS and I have been warned to never reveal such things in my blog....

Heidrun Khokhar, KleinsteMotte said...

Hahaha this sounds so much like hubby was along. He talks about the cat too not just the daughters! Hormonal changes in those dudes??

Dick Klade said...

I've been telling my wife for years that the guys seldom talk about sex. She doesn't believe me. She never will, so I've given up. Think I'll go to Steven Hayes' infinity line.

Douglas said...

Wait a few years. Most of my friends are much older than I and the conversations often wander into stents, medications, and sleep patterns. Politics is pretty much off limits. Sex is discussed but only in the form of jokes.

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