Published on March 28th, 2012 | by thetoolsman52
The Back-up Plan
No, this post isn’t about the movie, which I thought was totally awful by the way. I mean, I’ve never liked JLo as an actress but you’d have to give her credit, quite a lot of the cheesy romantic comedies (Yes, I side-stepped the chic-flick thing) she’s done have been pretty decent so I was surprised when I saw The Backup plan (of course, I was forced – but it was for a ‘greater good’) and it was totally shitty.
Anyway, I digress.
We are gathered here to discuss a very important phenomenon that has possibly been in existence since Adam and Eve’s first son became old enough to chase women K. What am I talking about? Well, it’s something that I’m pretty sure is inherent in women worldwide – push hard enough and you might probably get to prove it genetically.
I’m talking about The Back-up Plan.
What is the Back-up Plan? If you are a guy asking (and I’m sure you are), the simple answer to that question is:
You see, this is one phenomenon that has defied almost all scientific/statistical analysis. Why? Because on the surface, it really makes no sense (or maybe it does; but that is why we are here). If numerically, women on earth outnumber men almost seven times over, it almost makes logical sense when a man approaches three women with similar proposal with the mindset of eliminating two based on whatever criteria he had set. But the Back-up Plan as practiced by women worldwide absolutely contradicts this and for too long, I’ve wondered WHY?
Why is it that a good looking guy (maybe not an Idris Elba), but good looking, middle class, has a nice job, drives a decent car etc etc, finally picks up enough courage to approach this averagely good-looking SINGLE chic and puts ‘his moves’ on her. They connect almost instantly, she lets him buy her a drink and they chat for hours into the evening. At the end of the night, they exchange numbers, Blackberry PINS or whatever and the guy walks away thinking “Score!” But chic goes home thinking….
Backup Plan ………………… Number (21)
Ok, so now you get it. Yes, you, you, me, you, you and that guy looking away, we’ve all been/are currently Back-up Plans to some chic somewhere and as much as you might want to deny it or defend yourself – DON’T. It’s really nothing to be ashamed of. Especially if you got/go away with a piece of the … *ahem…
Before we get to the questions and why we are really here, I’ve got to say that as men, we sometimes let our egos blind us. I’ll leave this for my colleague Sheila to handle because I know she’s written something to help guys like these. But apart from the ego, men also sometimes underestimate some of the God-given powers of women.
I tweeted yesterday: “Never ever underestimate the ‘multitasking ability’ of women.” and I got like a truckload of retweets but it later occurred to me that a lot of guys probably read that and shrugged it off as me being me.
That’s something you write down and even tattoo on your heart so you don’t get carried away. I’m not trying to preach cynicism here. When it’s real, its REAL and even blind men will be able to testify but guys need to chill will the proud tail wagging when they know they’re still Backup Number 19. So what she chats with you on BB all day? I know women who can chat with four guys at the same time and not one conversation will suffer.
Honestly, I’ve decided not to blame the women. Why? Truth is, some of us men are so basic, it’s too easy to reduce us to mere ‘tasks’ hence the word ‘multitasking’. Let me give you some examples:
Tola – Sex + Attention when he grumbles about work + Sex + Indomie
Usman – Attention about his parents + Attention about religion
Emeka – Food + Attention about his business
Take a look at that and tell me it can’t be worked into a weekly timetable that will easily accommodate all without any suffering. Women’s awesome multitasking ability makes them such efficient players but that’s a post for another day.
We are here to dialogue today and what do I want to know?
Notice I didn’t say anything about the advantages of The Back-up Plan or how to know if you’re someone’s Backup Plan. Maybe because I don’t know the answers to those questions or I want the ladies to help us out. So please use the comment box and tell us why. It might sound silly asking why someone needs a backup plan but when your backup plan is the backup to another backup, then there’s a problem. As for the guys reading this, don’t be left out, share your experiences and help us shed more light on the subject. Cheers.