Every Bloke* needs a Tower**……
A Tower is where Blokes develop masculinity and assert manhood….
Blokes who have acquired a Tower inevitably find that it leads to strutting, chest-beating, boasting, naval gazing, pondering and reflection.
Sometimes Blokes with Towers discover “the meaning of life”.
A Bloke without a Tower can be detected a mile away; he is shy, avoids eye contact, often exhibiting a nervous twitch or stutter. When you shake his hand it feels as though he has handed you a dead mullet. He is a man (and we use that term loosely) who is often dominated by a member of the Opposite Sex, hardly ever drinks beer, does not control the TV remote, and rarely attends football matches. He has never considered the meaning of life.
By stark contrast, a Bloke with a Tower can cook eggs, make things, find good stuff to watch on TV, speaks to dogs, starts rumors, is good at his job, and is confident that Kung Fu lives deep inside his Being. Best of all, he may ultimately discover the “meaning of life” as he regularly dwells within his Tower.
* “Bloke” is an Australian colloquialism meaning “man”
** The above pictured Tower (sometimes called a Folly, a Man Shed, a Man Cave, a Male Getaway or a “Useless Waste of Time & Effort”) is situated in the Blue Mountains World Heritage National Park about 100km west of Sydney, Australia. The builder started off as a pathetic, inexperienced, nervous, amateur handyman, motivated only by a burning desire to create his own unassailable, secure space. By the time he had finished he had morphed into a fully blown TowerBloke, admired, honored, feted and acclaimed by men everywhere.
Copyright ©2011 John Bryant