So interested was a modern gentleman in the Supreme Court’s decision regarding the Affordable Care Act, he could not sleep, rising early to doze through a painful, yet much-hyped, interview between Ann Curry and Matthew McConaughey and watch Pete Williams struggle to be a reporter.
Still, he got the headline: The court did what the court was intended to do and adhered to the principle of stare decisis, exhibiting restraint and providing an example to all during politically tumultuous times.
What I’m saying is – and this is not a come-on in any way, shape or form – is that men and women can’t be friends because the sex part always gets in the way.
— Harry Burns (Billy Crystal)
A modern gentleman agrees with the sentiment.
In his experience, a long-lasting friendship between a man and a woman is doomed from the start because it’s based on dishonesty or ignorance. Either the man or the woman — and it’s sometimes mutual — is attracted to the other but fears or even experiences rejection and settles for a safer route, endeavoring to maintain a non-sexual relationship with a person with whom they enjoy spending time.
Or, in memory of Nora Ephron, it’s being stuck in the second act of “When Harry Met Sally,” and it’s ultimately best for the personal growth of everyone to make a choice and move along.
Although a modern gentleman begrudges Tim Allen the “comedy” and success of Home Improvement, The Santa Clause and Last Man Standing, he will acknowledge that Tim Allen takes a great mugshot, looking calm, mustachioed and Instagram‘d in the face of drug trafficking charges.
A modern gentleman hopes that when he is arrested, at least his mugshot will be something he can be proud of.
If you declare, with indignation, that ‘there is a lady/gentleman present,’ there isn’t.
— Nichol Caddingham