The wife and I got into an argument the other night. I’m not a fan of arguing. I’ll usually avoid it at all costs. But this was something I just couldn’t take. I had spent the evening seasoning some T-bones, then put them on the grill. The smell when those steaks came off the grill was incredible, mouth-watering. When we started to plate all the meals, she went in the fridge to get the A.1. Sauce.
I told her she might as well put ketchup on it — that a good steak shouldn’t need any steak sauce. I explained that, as a man, we take offense to someone putting steak sauce on our steaks. She clapped back: “So, if I bake a cake and you have ice cream with it, I should take offense to that?”
It’s at that moment I realized: There are just some things that are important to a man that women will probably never get. Guys have certain things that, as men, we feel gauges our manliness: The essentials of being a man, if you will. Some examples: being decent at sports, being able to drink straight whiskey, knowing our way around a car, being able to grill a great steak, etc.
The list can vary from guy to guy. But we all have a list. For example, Chad Bennett says his list includes “blowing things up and fixing things.” My brother’s list included “have some sort of toolbox together, even if you don’t know how to fix anything.” Fenway’s list included “being able to grow a beard”… good one!
It’s just like the list of womanly things that only women care about. I don’t know what those things are because I care about that almost as much as women care about our stupid guy list. So, I asked. Her list includes: being creative with hair, cooking amazing meals, helping the kids be creative, fixing boo-boos, multitasking, etc. I’d assume that other women have their own variations of this list.
The funny part is that when I asked everyone, they were surprised with the question but came up with their own list rather quickly. I guess we all have things that we feel define us or at least should define us. It most likely comes with upbringing. What’s on your list?
However, I think we can all agree that steak sauce should just be outlawed. There’s just no need for it, if the steak is cooked right. But, then again, maybe my steak game isn’t as strong as I like to think it is.