Among my BFF’s, my husband is the undisputed KING of translating Man-Speak. Seriously. They bring over their dating troubles, relate conversations that make NO sense to them, and he gives them some possible translations.
He loves it, they love it…it’s been a great system for a while now. But you can understand why I sometimes forget that, as a guy, he’s wired differently than I am. Take this conversation we had in the car the other day…
We were both lost in our own thoughts (or so I thought) and I reached over and held his hand, feeling all happy and cuddly. Then I asked that age-old female question that most men hate:
What are you thinking about?
Over in the driver’s seat he smiled, which I took to mean that he was thinking about something VERY cool. (I don’t know what possessed me — I know better…) Anyway, here’s the conversation, word for word:
Me: Come on…what are you thinking about?
He stopped at a red light and said, “Honestly?”
Me: That’s it? Just driving? (I mean, really, who actually thinks about driving unless the weather’s nasty?)
Him: Well, I’m thinking about where we’re going and noticing that silver sedan has a tail light out. The driver in that green car two lanes over is talking on the phone and not staying in her lane—
Me: OK, OK…I get the picture.
And quiet reigned once more in the car (since driving isn’t a remotely scintillating subject).
When we got home, we started discussing how many thoughts are usually circling in my brain while he stays focused on the task at hand (he’s an engineer, I’m a writer…enough said).
Then he says: Sometimes I’m not thinking much of anything…I’m just hanging out in my Nothing Box.
Me: Excuse me, where? *narrowed eyes* Is this some new term for porn?
He assured me that it wasn’t and dragged me to the computer. My dude was nearly giddy over the chance to explain the Nothing Box to me. After watching the video below, so many things became clear!
Note: If at all possible, watch the following video with a member of the opposite sex!
Whether you are a man wishing to be understood, or a woman wishing to figure out the keys to “Man-Speak”, I highly recommend this video. I promise to discuss Man-Speak in even GREATER detail in a future post.
Do you believe that men and women think differently? Is Mark Gungor (the comedian) onto something with this Nothing Box business? Did you already know all about it? Enquiring minds love to know these things here at More Cowbell!
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