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Things To Do In Charlotte: Sex & Sensability

If you’re the type of dude who never tires of learning more about sex, have I got an event for you.

Sponsored by Mintview OB/GYN, Sex & Sensability is an outstanding event designed to demystify sex by providing you with the tips and tools you need become creative, loving and successful in bed.

Or the kitchen. Or the mud room. Or wherever. That’s part of the point.

The event is going to take place on March 27, from 6-9 pm in the Visulite Theater, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte. Tickets are only $10 per person and, brother, that is money well spent. Not only do you get a dynamite presentation and Q&A session, but you also score some appetizers and a goodie bag.

I’ll let you dudes in on a little secret. See, I happen to know one of the presenters pretty well.

Okay, slightly more than pretty well. I’ve been sleeping with her for the past two decades. Yes, it’s my wife, known to others as She Who Must Be Listened To.

I worked with her to prepare the slideshow/presentation that forms one of the spines of this spine-tingling evening and I can tell you from experience: This is a talk, a presentation that you want to attend.

Don’t be afraid to be a man at a talk presented by an OB/GYN office. This presentation is for both men and women, even if it’s slightly more weighted to the distaff side of the aisle. Which makes it even better for you to be there.

It’s only a couple of hours, but it could change how you approach sex for the rest of your life.

A tremendous lecture and Q&A session about increasing your happiness in your sex life.

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A Thing Of Beauty And Wonder

by Richard

There are times, dudes, when I am just in awe of some of the simplest things around. No, I haven’t been looking into the mirror for too long. Seriously. Get a grip.

No, what I’m talking about is how some people can get across the most profound thoughts, ideas and sentiments using only the simplest of things. Take, for instance, the stick figure.

A circle for the head. A line for the body and one each for the arms and legs. Violá, a stick figure. Surely there’s no way you can put across any complex idea, or profound thought, or even introduce a moment of beauty and wonder with a stick figure. (Any dudes out there who thought the next sentence was going to begin with, “You’re right. There’s no way.” Well, the exit’s that way.)

If you did think simplicity of presentation precludes sophistication of thought, allow me to present the primary case for you being wrong: xkcd. I’ve written about this webcomic before, but the brainchild of Randall Munroe is so very much more. Billed as a webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language, xkcd has lately been more wonderful than ever.

That, dudes, is wonder and beauty.

Thank you, Mr. Munroe. Thank you so very, very much.

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Odyssey’s End

There’s a monster living in my garage. No, seriously. Well, part of one anyway. My youngest little dude finished his Odyssey of the Mind competition the day before my unfortunate hospitalization so I haven’t had a chance to tell you about it yet. Consider this my chance. It’s also your chance to run, but this is your only warning.

The little dude and the other six kids on his team had to tell about the lost labor of Heracles and why it became lost to history and mythology. They decided to go with time travel. Yeah, I thought it was pretty imaginative as well. It seems Heracles had just dispatched the Nemean lion when he was sent on another mission, to kills the megaiosaodi (which is the Greek word for bigfoot). The thing was huge. It was so big, all you could see on the stage was one foot. The rest was too big to see. The kids made this thing our of chicken wire, lots and lots of duct tape and a marker. One of the kids was wearing this monster foot and hopping around stage in it.


Unfortunately, the thing was so big, Heracles couldn’t beat it. The good news was that he stumbled into the Greek god of time (Chronos) who sent him back 20 years to when it was just a little foot and Heracles bit its head off. Problem solved. The problem was that when he went back to the present, no one remembered there had been a monster so that labor didn’t count and it was lost to history.

The kids did a great job on the whole presentation. They did research into ancient Greek theater and discovered that the ancient Greeks didn’t use much in the way of scenery (so neither did they) and that every actor except the flute player wore a mask and so did they. They wrote the entire script and made all the props. It was most excellent. The other coach and I couldn’t stop smiling throughout the whole performance.

While we came in 12 out of 19 teams, I couldn’t be more proud of them all. They worked hard, gave up weekends and — most importantly — had a great time. If your little dude or dudette ever gets a chance to participate in Odyssey of the mind, I’d say you should grab that chance immediately. It’s a whole heck of a lot of fun. The only problem now is that the youngest little dude doesn’t want to get rid of something that took so very much work to create. Anyone out there want a monster of their very own? I figure I can sneak it out during the night and just tell everyone the foot escaped.

— Richard

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