24 June 2011


A.  "A man carries cash. A man looks out for those around him — woman, friend, stranger. A man can cook eggs. A man can always find something good to watch on television. A man makes things — a rock wall, a table, the tuition money. Or he rebuilds — engines, watches, fortunes. He passes along expertise, one man to the next. Know-how survives him. This is immortality. A man can speak to dogs. A man fantasizes that kung fu lives deep inside him somewhere. A man knows how to sneak a look at cleavage and doesn't care if he gets busted once in a while. A man is good at his job. Not his work, not his avocation, not his hobby. Not his career. His job. It doesn't matter what his job is, because if a man doesn't like his job, he gets a new one."  —  Esquire online, April 2009.  It continues, but in the same vein.  The readership is spared.

B.  Virtue, n.  behavior showing high moral standards [...] ORIGIN Middle English : from Old French vertu, from Latin virtus ‘valor, merit, moral perfection, bravery, manliness’ from vir ‘man.’

C.  The Russians are pretty great.