an upside to literally rivers of testoterone
Posted Mon Jun 25, 2012 07:46 AM
On Sunday, as the morning sun arose and burned off the nights dew along the tree lined walks of a public park, soon the area was overpopulated by men...hundreds of them...replacing the burnt off dew with rivers of testosterone in a spectacle nothing short of amazing...an all time favorite...the car show.
Oh ya! Ego's were high and heads wider that the chromed front grilles of their muscle machines...but at the same time a commradery that makes this whole thing what it is today. Some would say the sport of kings, but in my opinion, it is proof positive of the good that comes from a mixture of what so many will bash men on.
I sat sipping on my coke watching how folks were enjoying themselves, strolling aimlessly amidst all the four wheeled art work. Occasionally, a snicker at some of the commentary from those oblivious to what they were talking about, but with praise for those that did. Here, over 500 guys had converged for the sole purposes of providing a days entertainment for the masses, enjoying the company of each other and their works of art and above all else...to raise money in this show for the sick kids. Last weekend, it was the same thing but for a different cause...women's breast cancer. The one before that for helping support womens shelters.
Yep...this is a venue that seems to have no end and dominated by the male gender. Sure, some with some pretty outlandish view points, some with hardened emotions over relationships gone bad, some with society issues in general, but all with one shared true love...their automobiles.
I marveled at the few females that showed up in support of their male counterparts too and helped with organizational functions throughout the day both those that were genuine in their desire for helping out and oddly I felt the same appreciation for the ones that made it obvious they'd rather be at the hair dressers.
Same goes for the thousands of guests the show drew, it was great to see ladies accompany their men on an excursion that they really had no interest in but were there to spend some quality time with their mates non the less. Then of course the opposite was true too...some of the ladies actually seemed more interested and knowledgeable - to be even handed.
At the end of the day, as the art work left the park, as did the thousands that had come to witness the spectacle, on my drive home I smiled knowing that we had accomplished our objective and that somewhere, someplace another poor sick kid was going to benefit or in case of last weekends show, that perhaps the dollars generated were going to get us one step closer to solving the issue with women's breast cancer and put that to rest. Maybe too the one before that would provide the funds needed to help out a mom in need suffering a relationship gone wrong.
And we left the park in better condition than we received it too. There was no evidence that this testosterone overloaded event had ever taken place other than in the minds of the men, women and children that showed up to partake. And this is only one day, one event out of the thousands of events that will take place this summer across the country. Men...regardless of our faults...doing something positive to help many a cause.
My special thanks to all the men out there who will spend many a weekend this summer to help out charitable events and keep the dream of four wheeled art work alive.
Posted Mon Jun 25, 2012 08:25 AM
Posted Mon Jun 25, 2012 06:52 PM
What typo do you want corrected ?
Posted Tue Jun 26, 2012 01:58 AM
It isn't my thing, but seeing it through your eyes, got2bgood, it sounds like fun! Men with passions are twice as nice! And with the incentive of a good cause: happy mix!
Q: I think he meant the s in testosterone on the title of his thread.
Posted Tue Jun 26, 2012 02:19 AM
Posted Tue Jun 26, 2012 07:39 AM
What typo do you want corrected ?
I made a slip in my title word "testosterone"....forgot the second "s" and my spell checker didn't pick it up either.
I apologize for the confusion in my title too. As part of the literary works abounding in my family, it is a generally accepted practice to not always relay the context of a work by giving it away in the title, but the title should have some relativity to content.
Posted Tue Jun 26, 2012 07:58 AM
Yes, I quite agree with your intent, but in my opinion it wont be a "dogooder" but rather just a knucklehead with nothing good to come from.
One fellow in our area is the son of the birth control pill inventor and has a huge show on his estate every year and funds everything. One hell of a nice guy, down to earth and one would never suspect his massive wealth to meet him, and he does it all for charity. At close of show this weekend, it was reported that the organizers have raised over 125,000 for sick kids...that is incredible in my opinion.
What is really interesting to note too is that the show this weekend was strictly a walk in no entry fee, donations if so desired were the only thing. No fences, no gates, no cashier. Just all open and happy. Sure, not half of the traffic actually made a donation or the proceeds could have been higher, but that is a personal judgement thing.