Monday, June 7, 2010

Haiku: Men in 2010

Just about everywhere I go, in everything I do, women outnumber men 2 to 1.
Where are the men? Here's a haiku that attempts to answer that question:

Watching TV sports
Pretending they're not depressed
Men in 2010.

With thanks to blogger David King over at Pics and Poems.


steven said...

nailed it dan! i am one of five men on a teaching staff of thirty. i blog and know a handful of male bloggers. but where are all the bro's?!!
well . . . . .
are they watching the stanley cup? (well, i am actually!)
watching the soccer world cup? yes i will.
watching the tour de france - yipper!!!
because i really admire and appreciate men and women who push the edge of their physical experiencing in whatever way shape or form they can. i've been an athlete of all sorts all my life and it allows me to use my body for good - especially now as i fundraise with it for all sorts of reasons. so maybe it's not all depressing escapism - for all men!!!

Lori ann said...

hmmm, that's very interesting. i've not noticed what i see more, men or women, i will look now.

i like your haiku also, although i hope all the men are not depressed. :)

Dan Gurney said...

Certainly not ALL men are depressed. But many, I think, are. Getting deeply into sports as a fan is, I think, a form of escapism. Few people remember that the word sports fan derives from the word FANatic, a psychological disorder akin to maniacal behavior. A few generations ago, attribution of such importance to something as silly as watching other people play a sport was thought to be a sign of a disordered mind.

Dan Gurney said...

Lori ann, check it out. I'd be interested to see if the same is true down your way in Carpenteria. There are a few places where men still "rule" and surfing is one of them.

Dave King said...

I agree with Steven, I think you've n ailed it - but are they depressed because they're watching sport, or is it the other way around? Thanks for the link.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Dave, thanks for the comment. I think it's a bit of a chicken-or-the-egg phenomenon. Certainly when you're feeling depressed the easiest and least helpful thing you might do is switch on the tube, well, short of pouring yourself a drink, maybe.

The Pollinatrix said...

Love it! I have to say, I've never had a close association with a man who watches TV sports, although I've definitely known many who are pretending not to be depressed.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Polli--

Again, spot on. It's not as if watching TV sports could be used diagnostically to identify depression or vice versa. I'm sure there are non-TV addicted depressed people out there. It's just a Haiku.

But still, I wonder.... where are the men in this world? Is it only around here, in Sebastopol, where you don't see men out and about?

Or, perchance, is Sebastopol a town where women are more active, doing things like walks and farmers markets and art shows and so on? Perhaps out there in America most people, men and women alike are at home screening out the real world behind their TVs, computers, iPhones, and Gameboys. I don't know....

Anonymous said...

loved it Dan! :)
truth :)

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Todd. Yep. I knew you'd know. Hey, I LOVE your uke tunes. Man, you're good. Really really good. I hope you keep putting up more songs. You do the uke proud, Todd.