And when I say "as we all know" I mean "we" as in we men. We're the smart one, the ones with the superior knowledge. For we are the ones who realise and acknowledge that we know absolutely nothing about the workings of the female mind. We don't pretend, we're honest and true to our species. Ask a man how a woman's mind works and he'll look at you with that quizzical expression, the one that suggests blankness and total lack of knowledge. That one we use a lot.
But, ask a woman about the workings of a man's mind, and she'll proceed to give you all sorts of lengthy explanations. Wrong ones.
Men are ignorant. Knowing that we're ignorant gives us a strange power. That kind of powerless one.
Which is where David Blacker comes in. I like him. Okay he dresses strangely, but apart from that he's alright. And we talk on Facebook chat quite often. Occasionally we chat about trivial stuff, like politics in either of our respective countries, or the lives of our kids. But, for the majority of the time we talk about really important issues.
Being men these really important issues are of course things like cars, the life Rod Stewart lives, subjects women just can't believe that we talk about. Here's yesterday morning's chat, some of it at least. It's prudent that I don't reveal how we got to the subject, but I ask you, the esteemed reader, to accept that we did and read from there on. The subject in question was planes and aircraft.
RD: I remember taking my kids into and SL cockpit when they were little.
I was far more interested and fascinated than they were!
DB: That must've been cool.
RD: keep this to yourself DB please but, when I was younger...
DB: about the cockpit?
RD: I used to be a..........
DB: For a moment there I thought you were gonna say flight steward
RD: I'm not sure which is worse
Well I was quite into planes too, but military ones.
DB: my first ever flight anywhere was in one.
RD: I used to go to LHR with my mate D and we'd get registrations and cross them out of our books.
DB: ah, proper plane spotting lol
RD: yup, fraid so
DB: where'd you get the books?
RD: well there used to be called Civil Aircraft Markings that came out each year.
RD: with the registrations of all the civil planes in the world and all us plane spotters would cross them out as we saw them.
DB: there must be alot of you out there if they're printing books
RD: (Here I send him a link to Amazon's description of the current year's book. I looked for it, it's not that I had it handy or anything)
DB: lol, you seem up to date.
RD: fuck off
I just found it for you
DB: haha, looks like there's a military version too
RD: Yes I believe so, but much harder to spot I suppose. Unless you live near a military base or something
DB: and all that camouflage
RD: of course
DB: that is funny tho mate
DB: Luckily yo found drumming
now I live on the edge
DB: or you'd still be out there
RD: well. when it's safe
DB: reached a different plane?
I really shouldn't have told you
RD: My kids really take the piss out of me for it
DB: I can't believe you told them
RD: their mother did
DB: Oh ok, but I guess I'm a kinda gun geek
RD: I think being a gun geek might be slightly better for the rep
DB: I buy Janes Guns all the time
RD: You're so gay
DB: but people look at me strangely anyway when they see it on my bookshelf
and on we went to talk about trivia after that.
It's not easy being a man.