The male brain

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by rockgor, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    The male brain vis-a-vis the female brain.

    In a recent book published by the University of Tennessee Press, author Sam
    Venable notes:

    According to a recent study published in the Archives of Neurology, men's
    brains shrink faster than women's through the normal aging process. Up
    to thirty times faser in some instances.

    And none of the experts who worked on the study has a clue why it happens
    this way."

    This news calls for some appropriate response. Perhaps a panel of experts on
    shrinkage should be convened. Or perhaps a commemorative verse would be

    I have one here.


    Its purpose used to be to think.
    But now the traitor wants to shrink.

    The meter's been re-set to Small.
    Just vizualize a ping-pong ball.

    Well, women need a bigger brain.
    They face a lot; more stress, more strain.

    Men's journey's not so hard to steer.
    "Where's the remote? And where's my beer?"


  2. TwoCatDoctors

    TwoCatDoctors New Member

    You're a real poet, loved it.

    You with think with women's wrinkle shrinking cream, it would creep to the brain and shrink it too. Amazing it doesn't.

    BILLCAMO New Member

    Men are more easily satisfied than women

    We just provide the Zygotes that be swimmin'

    These aren't from studies that stumble and suck

    We just don't spend bucks on the tummy tucks...

    (Meanwhile , back to the beer & remote) ;>) LOL :>)

    Blessings ,

  4. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Julie, have you read Dave Barry's book? "Dave Barry is from Mars and Venus." He is
    my favorite humorist. Nowadays he is writing children's books.

    2Cat, having no wrinkles, I know nuteen awn zis topic. Is wrinkle shrinking cream the
    same as vanishing cream? Used to hear jokes about that when I was a kid.

    Very nice verse, Bill. Gordon has some orchids called Zygopetalums. Maybe you could
    use them as the subject of your next opus.

    Better go. Gotta find that remote.


  5. gapsych

    gapsych New Member

    Looks like we have some men who are budding poets here.

    That may translate to be, men drinking Bud here.

    I love Dave Barry but did not know about this book nor that he is writing children's books. I need a good laugh.

    One of my favorite columns from his earlier days, was when he and his buddies took Beano and then to a Mexican restaurant as a "scientific experiment" to see if it worked. I don't remember the outcome.


  6. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    HaHa, men drinking Bud. I hope that your frequent posting of late means you are
    feeling pretty good. That's the way it works w/ me anyway.

    I used to correspond w/ old Dave. My mother met him at a book signing and he
    autographed her book and wrote something silly about, "I'll never forget Prom
    Night 1965."

    A year or two later mom had surgery. I sent Dave a get-well card already addressed (in a larger
    envelope if you see what I mean) to mom. He obligingly signed it and mailed it to her.

    After I told him I was gay, I never heard from him again. I knew that would happen,
    but I thought it was interesting that two men w/ such different interests could have such
    a similar sense of humor. Thought he might also find it interesting.

    The children's books are written w/ Ridley Pearson who usually writes thrillers.

    Yes, I owned and read and reread all his books. I remember the Beano experiment. Outcome was
    the operative word. His long-time friend, the atty, made a reference to an Uzi.

    I think the reason he won the Pulitzer Prize was because he often wrote about serious topics
    in a witty way. (I do just the opposite myself.)

    You read his small book on bad songs? My vote for the worst song ever would be that one that goes
    "And then you go and spoil it all by sayin' somthin' stupid." It was sung by somebody using
    a breathy, little girl voice. Patti Page, maybe.


    [This Message was Edited on 04/10/2009]
  7. gapsych

    gapsych New Member

    I am crushed. I have been in love with Dave Barry for years. Now you tell me that he is a low down bigot. I am weeping as I write this. Oh, well, on to the next man!

    I had read that he left his wife for a much younger woman. That should have been a red flag. Maybe that is why he did not write to you. He was having a midlife crisis, dating this much younger gorgeous woman and was feeling insecure about his manhood as this was before Viagra. Maybe he did write you and his letter is under the rug next to the mail slot in your front door.

    Made you look!!!

    Barry, I can't call him Dave anymore, also autographed a book for my mother. At that time my she was very ill living with my sister and couldn't/wouldn't go out much. She was so excited that he was coming to town and my sister was so excited about my mom wanting to see him that she rented a wheel chair so she could go to the signing. I don't remember what he wrote. I do remember it was funny. (You think?) I'll have to ask my sister as she may still have the book.

    I love Ridley Pearson mysteries, especially the early Lou Boldt/Daphne Matthews series. His last book was not a good read. I hate it when they make good writers publish or perish which makes their writing deteriorate.

    Did you know that Ridley Pearson, Dave Barry, Stephen King and Amy Ta formed a band. I wonder if they still play?

    Don't take any wooden nickels.

    gap[This Message was Edited on 04/11/2009]
  8. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Sorry, I gave you the wrong impression. I don't really think Dave is a bigot. I think he's just
    uncomfortable w/ the concept. His public persona is that he's regular guy who drinks
    lots of beer while watching sports. But, of course, nobody who thinks and writes like he
    does is a regular guy.

    Yes, he's mentioned the band a couple times over the years. The Rock-bottom Remainders
    I think. A good name for a rock band.

    You did indeed make me look. And I DID find a letter under the rug. Alas, it was not from
    Dave. Just a routine blackmail threat. It was dated 6 years ago; I just threw it away.

    I posted about wooden nickles not too long ago. Might ah been on the porch thread. Anyway when
    I was a kid there WERE wooden nickles. They were put out by towns that were having some
    kind of celebration. (Summer Madness; Harvest Festival). About the size of 50 cent piece. They
    expired after a month or so. I think I have an old scrap book w/ a wooden nickle in it.

    Well, isn't that something. Dave autographed books for our mothers. Even if he were a raving
    homophobe, I'd still think he's our greatest humorist.

    I agree that many writers put out inferior books when they get older. Pop composers do the
    same thing. John Denver, Johnny Cash; stuff starts to sound like pale imitations of their
    great, earlier songs.

    Well, have a busy day planned w/ EA Meeting and visiting my former secretary. Have to see her
    new cocker puppy.


    BILLCAMO New Member

    (but never

    Mayhaps Dave was uncomfortable because he is afraid of skeletons? ;>)

    Rock you hit a nerve with John Denver. :>)

    For many years I've been told I look(ed) like him. Until his accident , I invariably replied that he had a lot more money and I was better looking than him. LOL After his demise , I often add ....."and I'm alive......".

    "Country road , taaake me home.........." So I can find my wooden nickles......:>) LOL

    Blessings ,

  10. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    I met John Denver about 42 years ago in Minneapolis. He and I were both a lot cuter
    in those days. Guess you must've been too.

    Can you sing? I can't sing or play the guitar, but I'm a good listener.

    Talked to Joe Frazier, fellow member of the Chad Mitchell trio, last Oct. He lives in
    my neighborhood.

    I bet if I put my wooden nickle on E Bay some rich collector would pay $1,000 for it.

    Hey! I'll make you a special offer. You can have it for a buck and I'll a throw in a Love
    postage stamp from about 25 years ago.


    BILLCAMO New Member

    LOL I'll pass on your special offer. :>)

    I'm still cute , but , I'm looking in the mirror with age-fogged eyes. ;>)

    I used to be able to sing fairly well.......Age , smokes , these DDs , and other things have modified my ability. I have written songs & music in the past.........Some were "borrowed" from me.......made some fame for some other people........I can still play a few musical instruments fairly well......Harmonica , concertina , and still have my almost pitch perfect ears.......:>)

    I'm not a poet , my "poems" are actually lyrics. Music is still in my blood. If I remember , and anyone cares , I'll try to share my "re-write" of Janis Joplin's....." Oh Lord won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz......."

    It starts : "Oh Lord won't you help me get through the day........". It's a mod that sort of covers all of our fights with CFIDS/ME.

    I found my wooden nickles ! They are right next to my solid silver dollars(sd). I think I have one (sd) that is dated 1898.......tried to sell them awhile ago and the buyer wanted a "gift".....I still have them...

    How was the pup ?

    Catch y'all later.

    Blessings ,

  12. kholmes

    kholmes New Member

    Great poem!

  13. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    I love the harmonica and the concertina, Bill. Just what a band needs for an ethnic sound; like a French or
    Greek song. Or soldiers sitting around the campfire singing Civil War tunes. I would rather hear a small
    group than an orchestra. Unless the piece is The 1812 Overture or Pomp and Circumstance.

    Why don't you post your Janis Joplin re-write when you have the time and energy.

    The pup was cute as could be, but rather fierce. My friend and her hubby both had marks
    on their hands from her puppy nips. A dog named Lacey should have a little more restraint, I think.

    Ken, thank you for your review. It was both sweet and succinct.


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