Aerosmith Had it Right – Get a Grip!

The surprise ending

I recently had a HOLY CRAP! moment at the end of one of our boy’s 5th/6th grade lacrosse practices.  I actually had five (1-2-3-4-5) players come up to me after practice, look me in the eyes, extend their arm at a 105 degree angle, and offer their hand to give their thanks for such a great practice.  I just about fell over.  Not only did they LOOK at me, they gave me a firm handshake, and capped it with a solid (albeit with a pre-pubescent pitch) “Thank you Coach!

“You say you want an revolution…”

I came straight home and immediately began gushing to my wife, assuming these boys and their parents had been reading all of our In Defense of Men posts and were motivated to start their own Manvolution.  She immediately put me in my place and reminded me they were likely pulling and Eddie Haskel and trying to get more playing time.  Either way, it gave me the opportunity to reflect on the current state of the handshake amongst men and women. There are as many types of handshakes as there are Domestic Square Pegs.

To begin with, I have always performed a subconscious analysis with anyone I have come to grips with.  I analyze both their approach to the hand-engagement, as well as a Madden-like analysis of my own performance in the transaction.  There are roughly four types of handshakers out there: the Offering a Dead Fish, the Crusher, the Fist Bumper and the Confident but Not Overstated Man/Woman.

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My first love

Four kids. One Savoy. Currently, Chevrolet has a TV commercial running inviting folks to describe their first cars.  It’s a cute idea but television is hardly the place for such an important subject.  No, blogs and comment sections, that is where we … Read more »

Guest Writer: Stepdad Tom & His Belt Notch Diet

“The Belt Notch Diet” As a Domestic Square Peg dad, it should come as no surprise I’d like to look just a little more like Tom Cruise, but seem to only get as buff as Tom Arnold.  I know I … Read more »

A Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing?

Some stereotypes ring true The reason there needs to be an “In Defense of Men” column is that, unfortunately, the actions of some men leave the rest of us needing to defend ourselves. There are idiots among us. Serious jerks. … Read more »

I Was a Man the Last Time I Checked…

Generally this section is reserved for us Square dudes to defend men and our actions.  But lately I have been plagued with the same thoughts in my head as I leave the gym, work, kids’ schools, and sports fields.  What does it … Read more »

Soul of the South?

In the South, there’s a new magazine that according to published stats is one of the most successful fresh periodical ventures in history.  Good for them.  This is not a promo piece; I’ve been asked to talk about a new … Read more »

Politics VS. Football – Both a Game?

What a wonderful time of year.  Football Bowl Season and the very first political primary in Iowa just about coincide perfectly.  I had started a post comparing college football and national politics.  I think I did pretty well.  Both can … Read more »

“Stand Up!”

The Decline of Chivalry? The recent front page article in the New York Times under the headline: A Last Bastion of Civility, the South, Sees Manners Decline struck me like a gut punch.  Not so much because it wasn’t true, … Read more »

Modern Men Can Be Poets Too

Today, we received this beautifully written post from In Defense of Men’s Vittorio and we fell in love. Our Domestic Square Peg writers were so happy to see that some men are not afraid to be sentimental. We hope you … Read more »