I can’t say that any of my facades are this lovely, but I do appreciate a good Venetian mask. I can put up a heavy front when I feel it is required, which is most of the time, but there’s not much I can do to mask my poor coordination and bad proportions or exceptionally plain face. It’s just not possible to polish a turd, unless of course you have watched the episode of Mythbusters where Adam and Jamie do exactly that to make a point. It can technically be done, but why?
I hide behind a lot of masks. Sarcasm is one of my favorites. So is assuming intellectual superiority where possible, which is more often than it probably should be. I’ve never claimed to be some sort of great mind- the more I learn the more I discover I don’t know- but the ignorance and/or stupidity of the populace at large is frightening. Just because stupidity is rampant doesn’t make me any smarter than I was before. Rampant stupidity only means that most other people are more stupid than I am, which is scary on a number of levels. Here’s how I see it. I am no great intellect, but in comparison to the average Joe or Jane Blow on the street, I’m a flipping rocket scientist. That should be frightening to anyone who has ever witnessed me in one of my absent-minded fits where I’ve misplaced and then had to try to find things like my car keys, my phone, my Bluetooth headset, or my MP3 player. I should have Velcro embedded into my skin and likewise a patch of Velcro stuck to these essential objects so I can just stick those objects to my body. That way, maybe, I can remember where they are. It could make showering a challenge though.
In reality, I’m certainly not a rocket scientist. I played hell getting through high school algebra. I wonder to this day how I not only made it through three quarters of accounting in college, but managed to do it with high “B”s. I may be one of those geeky analytical types, but for some reason higher math never clicked with me. I’m doing good to balance my checkbook so I can freak out over all the money I don’t have.
Money and intelligence don’t always go together either. Especially inherited or married-into money. I never had any kind of advantage in that department- having been born not only with a plastic spoon in my mouth AND looks that could stop a thousand trucks. So I never got any scratch from relatives, and I certainly didn’t have the bait to attract a rich sugar daddy. I’m fortunate to have landed a man with Dad’s minimum criteria. Dad would always ask three questions when my sisters would talk about getting serious with a guy:
1. Is it white? (Racist? Probably, but Dad is not at all PC, and in his mind marrying a Catholic was as close to “mixed marriage” and moving past the traditional WASP couple paradigm as he ever chose to contemplate. He just about lost it when one of my sisters went out on a date with a guy who was half Mexican. For some reason, though, he didn’t object to Jerry, who is probably 9/10ths or more Cherokee.)
2. Is it male? (Homophobic? Definitely- but Dad does come from a backwater town- and a very conservative, old school, Regular Baptist upbringing. I am most certainly a straight woman anyway, so I can forgive him that. I may have brought home some dismal trollings in my time, but they were always male.)
3. Is it employed? (Dad has no use for deadbeats, and I really don’t blame him for that either.)
To his three minimum qualifications (though #1 is a grey area as far as I’m concerned- I really don’t get hung up on race or ethnicity) I would add “hair” and “teeth.” Jerry does have hair and teeth (the teeth are mostly implants, but not dentures at least) which at almost 54 is rather amazing. I am a bit curious, though I hesitate to investigate the statistics. I wonder how many men over the age of 50 are afflicted with ED? I bet it’s more than half, and I bet very few of them either admit it or do anything about it, regardless of the popularity of the Viagra and Cialis commercials. Guys just don’t like to face it. I can add an FYI: neither do women. We just suffer in involuntarily celibate silence- unless we have the money (and the lack of scruples and absence of shame) to hire a boytoy. I have neither the money nor the lack of conscience to find myself a boytoy, cougar jokes with Steve-o’s friends aside, so it is what it is. Thankfully, I have hobbies, and early menopause has pretty much done away with any desire I had anyway. My idea of a romantic evening is TruTV and an early bedtime. It’s easier that way anyway.
Dad never said anything about ED. He should have warned me, but I can’t imagine someone as modest and straight laced as Dad about such things making a statement like this:
“Just so you know, when your old man gets to be about 45 or so, his Johnson won’t work any more. Sorry.”
There’s just some things you have to learn as you go, apparently.
I’ve got to stop putting myself through that kind of noise. The whole weekend breakfast routine. I don’t even like breakfast, and I usually only gag down some yogurt and oatmeal to keep my sugar in line in the mornings. (Diabetes sucks, but it does make you pay attention to nutrition and exercise and all that health nut stuff.) Jerry enjoys the Behemoth Breakfast which means I have to get up early on a weekend morning to fix it for him, and serve it to his happy ass- in bed. I don’t know how someone can drink that much alcohol and eat that much grease and still be above ground. Maybe I’m the one who has it backwards. Jerry might be like those Russian dudes who drink vodka all day and smoke cigars one right after the other and live to be 115. That wouldn’t surprise me one bit.