Sunday, October 29, 2006

Clarifications, Corrections, Contrary, and Confirmation

After giving my introduction some further thought, I realized a few things that could use some further clarification, a correction that needs to be made, some things about me that are contrary to my proclamation of manliness, and also some additional traits that can probably be considered manly that previously went unmentioned.


  1. Although it may seem like it, I'm really not bragging about myself. I'm simply observing that I prefer to participate in what I consider to be manly hobbies, and demonstrate manly characteristics to the extent of very few other Christian men. I don't think that it makes me better than anyone else, it just means that I can find very few friends which share these same pastimes and interests, and if I do then they are very rarely Christians.
  2. There are several professional mixed martial arts fighters that profess to be Christians, and I would guess them to be quite manly, since they make their living out of beating up their competition. Here are a few of the more popular ones:
    Rich Franklin
    Vitor Belfort
    Diego Sanchez
    Quinton Jackson
    Randy Couture
    Matt Hughes
    Ron Waterman
    However, since I don't actually know them personally, they don't count. Not to mention that fighting may be the only significant aspect of their manliness for all I know.

OK, I'm not the most manly Christian man that I know after all. I thought of a couple others that may possibly surpass me. I would say though that I'm one of the manliest Christian men that I know. I'm at least in the top 3-5, and I know a lot of people.

Admittedly, there are some aspects of my life that lack the level of manliness that you would expect from someone titling his blog as such.
  1. I am not the best performer when it comes to sports. Not only that, but I'm not a big fan of watching or following them much either. People who knew me in grade school are probably laughing their aoff because I was just plain horrible at sports when I was younger. However, as my strength and confidence has improved with age, thankfully so has my athletic ability. So I don't completely suck anymore, but I'm not super impressive either.

  2. I could use a few more pounds of muscle. I'm in pretty good shape, especially for my age. But at 175 lbs a bit more beefcake would help to enhance the manly image.

I thought of a couple additional traits that could further confirm the idea behind the introduction.

  1. Hairiness: I'm fairly hairy. Not to the extent of having excessive back or shoulder hair, but I can typically grow a beard in few days and I have a decent layer of chest hair. Yes, I know this is something that cannot be controlled (except for removing it via laser perhaps), but all other things being equal, smooth hairless skin is definitely more feminine than having a respectable (but not excessive) amount of body and facial hair.

  2. Handyman: I mentioned in the introduction that I did a lot of work on my own cars, but thought I should expand that a little more to include house work. I can fix most anything. Of course, there are moments when the time required to fix it is more than I want to spend, or special tools are needed that I don't have or want to buy, etc. Usually though, I adopt my dad's philosophy that I'm as smart or smarter than the average repair man, so if they can do the job, then surely I can too.


~Amy~ said...

Wow. You're hilarious. And a Christian to boot! Yessssssss. :) Way to be you! God bless.

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