Straight guys and their fascination with a broken arm...?

  • swimbikerun

    Posts: 2835

    May 25, 2008 5:44 PM GMT
    What gives? I've never had so many straight dudes check me out or walk up to me and start asking about it!
    (Fell off my bike btw, doh!)
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 25, 2008 5:48 PM GMT
    I presume these are strangers. What do they say? And where are you when they come up to you?
  • Tritimium

    Posts: 261

    May 25, 2008 5:50 PM GMT
    Let me see! Let me see!

    Was it a spectaclier fall? Did you damage anything else?

    Hope you recover well.
  • swimbikerun

    Posts: 2835

    May 25, 2008 6:08 PM GMT
    caslon saidI presume these are strangers. What do they say? And where are you when they come up to you?


    Yes! They are strangers and they usually "Hey,what happened bro?" or something like that. It seems to be happening anywhere, the video store, restaurant, etc.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 25, 2008 6:09 PM GMT
    I think its something like having a cool bike or a good looking dog - it gives straight guys (or any guy) an ice breaker to start a conversation with you. I'm guessing you look approachable and open to conversation, and the broken arm is just the opener!
  • swimbikerun

    Posts: 2835

    May 25, 2008 6:16 PM GMT
    Tritimium saidLet me see! Let me see!

    Was it a spectaclier fall? Did you damage anything else?

    Hope you recover well.
    Ok, uploaded a pic of my broken arm.
    I don't remember much as I remember cycling and then waking up in an ambulance with an EMT asking me questions!

    Jockbod48 saidI think its something like having a cool bike or a good looking dog - it gives straight guys (or any guy) an ice breaker to start a conversation with you. I'm guessing you look approachable and open to conversation, and the broken arm is just the opener!
    lol, I suppose that's all that it is... I'd rather have a cool dog than a cool broken arm though! heh heh
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 25, 2008 10:41 PM GMT
    Gnarly. Broken bones are awesome.
  • Timbales

    Posts: 13993

    May 25, 2008 10:43 PM GMT
    I broke my ankle once, those 9 months sucked.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 25, 2008 11:06 PM GMT
    Am I the only one alarmed that Timberoo has apparently turned into a dog?
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 25, 2008 11:10 PM GMT
    Well when one breaks a bone most are interested in knowing how it got broken in the first place and it's usually done by doing things that most guys are into like sports and outdoor rec. Case in point, you were riding your bike.

    Take it as a compliment and use it as an ice breaker. It's definately a good way to start a convo and the possiblities are unlimited from there but don't be quick to flatter yourself inthinking that it's for something sexual (that would be a mistake to make).

  • SkyMiles

    Posts: 963

    May 25, 2008 11:50 PM GMT
    I'm gonna go out and break my arm, RIGHT NOW!!icon_biggrin.gif
  • Timbales

    Posts: 13993

    May 26, 2008 1:31 AM GMT
    innerathlete saidAm I the only one alarmed that Timberoo has apparently turned into a dog?


    I'm loyal and like to lick ears.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 26, 2008 1:45 AM GMT
    innerathlete saidAm I the only one alarmed that Timberoo has apparently turned into a dog?


    Well, you know it was just a matter of time. These things can't be helped.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 26, 2008 1:14 PM GMT
    swimbikerun saidWhat gives? I've never had so many straight dudes check me out or walk up to me and start asking about it!
    (Fell off my bike btw, doh!)


    I think it's the vulnerability that brings out the protector in men.

    But then again, it's prolly just plain ole sadistic fascination with the gruesome story of how you broke it. icon_wink.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 26, 2008 2:16 PM GMT
    Colbert_Nation saidI'm gonna go out and break my arm, RIGHT NOW!!icon_biggrin.gif

    Not me. I'll simply go to the pharmacy and buy some gauze and plaster. No need to do actual damage to the body.

    And I agree with Sedative, some just want to hear the gruesome details. Ever wonder why MTV aired a show called "Scarred"?
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 26, 2008 2:39 PM GMT
    If you think a broken arm gets a lot of attention, you should try a colostomy bag. icon_eek.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 26, 2008 3:09 PM GMT
    innerathlete saidAm I the only one alarmed that Timberoo has apparently turned into a dog?

    Nah, he didn't shave today
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 26, 2008 3:10 PM GMT
    For gay guys, it automatically gains you 100 handsome points (as sexual nurture takes over).
    For straight guys, it's just either to ridicule you on how stupid you are or gain info on what sports should they avoid playing seriously.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 27, 2008 8:49 AM GMT
    I remember when I broke my right arm. I had to learn to write with my left hand. That was tedious.

    But really, I became a walking guest book. Always had sharpies in my pocket. HAHA icon_lol.gif
  • GQjock

    Posts: 11649

    May 27, 2008 10:03 AM GMT
    Yeah icon_biggrin.gif
    and the best way to fix it is to kiss it and make it all better
  • swimbikerun

    Posts: 2835

    May 27, 2008 2:08 PM GMT
    GQjock saidYeah icon_biggrin.gif
    and the best way to fix it is to kiss it and make it all better
    Ummm...ok! I'll take that kiss!lol
  • DiverScience

    Posts: 1426

    May 27, 2008 2:43 PM GMT
    It's "tough" which is something straight men identify with. It's like backslapping over a new big truck. Ever gotten together with a group of guys and ended up trading stories about scars and injuries?

    I used to get the same thing when I was a diver and constantly coated in horrible black, blue, and green bruises.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 27, 2008 3:08 PM GMT
    Diver nailed it perfectly -- it's seen as 'macho'. It's an interesting phenomenon showing up somewhere with a busted nose or banged-up face, and having all the straight guys flock around to survey the damage in a congratulatory way.
  • swimbikerun

    Posts: 2835

    May 27, 2008 3:15 PM GMT
    What's ironic is that doing and completing an Ironman injury-free was far, far more painful than just a simple break.
  • DiverScience

    Posts: 1426

    May 27, 2008 3:18 PM GMT
    swimbikerun saidWhat's ironic is that doing and completing an Ironman injury-free was far, far more painful than just a simple break.


    Oh of course. But it's not visible.