This Should Amuse You, See #6Seven Guys Men Are Intimidated By
You might be surprised to know that while we're often kind of threatened by your ex, he doesn't even make the list of the guys we are truly intimidated by.
[Editor's note: This is an excerpt from Glamour's relationship blog, Smitten, which was written by a former male dating columnist, who has since married. Now, he often contributes to Glamour as "Married Jake".]
I used to date this woman, Shira, whose ex was (literally) a model. But it was her brother who really threatened me. The guy was a firefighter. And she'd been looking up to him for basically her whole life. I couldn't be in the room with the guy and not feel like if trouble came, I might actually leap into his arms.
I ran into her the other day at the gym. And she was shocked when I told her (me on a treadmill, her on the elliptical trainer next to it) how intimidated I'd been. In the spirit of enlightening, if not all womankind, then at least some of the people I've dated, here's a short compendium of dudes who make me sweat ...
1. Anyone who plays the guitar
I can't play the guitar. I can't do anything except for type and make guacamole. Ergo: I have always kept my women away from dudes with "axes."
2. Dudes who can, like, change your valves
It's even worse if he's a guy who knows about cars and is all humble about it.
3. Your older brother
4. Your friend's boyfriend
You know, the guy you always mention when we're being idiots. "John never does that to Jenny," you say. Man, when John comes around we're really on our best behavior.
5. The kid you went to high school with and was your best friend for a while but you never dated because he was kind of nerdy but now he's gained some weight and is super successful and you realize you really missed out with that one ...
Am I the only one who has encountered one of these with every girlfriend?
Man, a Marine started talking to my wife at a bar not that long ago. And I thought: that guy could kick my butt, tell a heart-rending story that would make her cry, and ask to be called "Captain" all at once ... I don't like him.
7. Your father
Especially if he was a Marine, a firefighter and a mechanic who also plays the guitar.