Monday, March 7, 2011

Where Is the PANACHE?

Where is the PANACHE?

PANACHE: n. An impressive way of doing something that shows great skill & confidence.

TAGLINE: African-American, divorced, middle-aged, educated, single-mom.

That's my story in a nutshell.

I've been at this game (dating) for a minute, or two, and I have a very important question to ask. WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO PANACHE? Ladies, you know what I'm talking about. Remember the Billy Ds, Teddy Ps, Denzels...of yesterday? Why have our men ditched the cool, suave, classy styles that made The Ladies feel like a million bucks with a single line, smile, or caress?

Let me tell you, this ish that I've encountered over the past couple of years has been ASTOUNDING. I think to myself..”Does this ISH really work?” Apparently... it does.

This is what I've heard and experienced:

  • The Upfront, Straight-up Dude- “Look, you wanna f**k or not?”

    LAMEASS JUSTIFICATION: He is being totally honest with you about what he can offer sooooo that makes it okay, You can take his ish or leave it. He ain't pressed.

  • The Married Dude- “Let's Do This”

    LAMEASS JUSTIFICATION: He is not happy in his committed relationship and has a family. Why should he suffer when he can give happiness to so many others. He can make it work. It's a win-win! He gets sex, you get sex. No commitments, just FUN!

  • The Help Me, Help Me Dude- “I need a good woman by my side.”

    LAMEASS JUSTIFICATION: WE can support each other while he plays with himself and dreams about the moon and the stars. He supplies sex and potential and she supplies, well, shit, EVERYTHING ELSE.

  • The We Boos Dude- “You are my woman.” But you ain't.

    LAMEASS JUSTIFICATION: Although you are his “only” Boo... He ain't calling. He ain't dating. He AIN'T. Just one day, out of the blue, “Hey, I miss you Boo. I wanna see you.” words,,,

Now, I'm not bitter, just a bit...TAKEN ABACK. With parents that have been married for 51 years and knowing first hand how a lady likes to be treated, I ask again, WHERE IS THE PANACHE? All I'm saying is, Fellas, let's bring some class to the table, when you looking for that ass. THE MESSAGE IS IN THE DELIVERY. Any Lady worth her salt will take care of her man, or significant other, or whatever you want to call it, if she feels he is worth the effort. Put. Forth. The. Effort. Or the message is LOUD & CLEAR.

REVISED TAGLINE: African-American, divorced, middle-aged, educated, single-mom. Ain't taking ish, ain't giving ish. AIN'T LOOKING FOR ISH.

PS...Always remember, "Don't Blame it on the SUNSHINE, Blame it on the Boogie!"