I was once included in an interesting conversation about a certain group of women’s inability to find a “nice guy”. The 6 women were all very concerned with the state of contemporary men and the dearth of guys available to them now that felt they’d matured and needed to be appreciated for their readiness to settle down and start a family (see, post-wall, 35+ demographic).
“What is it with men these days? It’s like they’re all self-absorbed jerks now.”
“I know, but I think it’s just another indicator of how messed up society is now.”
“Yeah, why can’t I find a Nice guy? Is that too much to ask for?”
“Rollo, what happened to men? Where are all the Nice guys?”
“Back in your 20’s where you left them.”
The Nice Guy Space-Time Continuum
Girl age 16: “You’re such a nice guy.”
Translation: ” I don’t want to hurt your feelings, or come off as a bitch to my friends, but I’m really much more attracted to Bad Boys – outlaw bikers, the football team’s quarterback, basically any guy who appears dangerous and exciting. You’re Nice, nice and mundane”
Girl age 22: “You’re such a nice guy.”
Translation: “Thanks for listening on the phone to me cry, fall into verbal hysterics and drone on for hours about my Jerk BF (oh, and my little dog too). You’re really sweet, and deserve a girl (which isn’t me) who can appreciate how nice (i.e. mundane) you are.”
Girl age 28: “You’re such a nice guy.”
Translation: “I know you’ve always been (an) my emotional tampon, and thanks for sticking with it – any sane guy would’ve found a far better prospect by now. And while I’m beginning to see that guys like you are stable, dependable and tend to make a lot more money than the Jerks I’ve dated, I think I’m gonna hold out for a hotter guy than you while my looks still hold up”
Woman age 32: “Why can’t I just find a nice guy?”
Woman age 35+: “You’re such a nice guy.”
Translation: “Oh, you’re a Nice Guy,..here, let me suck that for you. See? Being a Nice Guy does get you laid!,..thanks for being there for me when I needed you; my fatherless kids appreciate your generosity too. How chivalrous of you to forgive my past indiscretion and take us in, I wish there were more guys like you. I really pity the women who can’t appreciate your kind of dedication – you are so different from “other guys””.