I noticed the other day the "fighter" card seems to trump all others in a "what do you do for sport" conversation & it got me thinking (always a dangerous thing - results being somewhat unpredictable in the past) I think especially around blokes theres the subconscious "top dog' mentality or pecking order that undergoes some ebb & flow whenever there's someone who could potentially kick your ass in a fight (presumably a fight for a woman's affections or a battle for the last Woolly Mammoth - I dunno) I especially love when there's another fighter in a group. Bloke1: "So, do you play tennis too?" Bloke2: "Nah, I do Judo" Bloke3: "Judo - really? I do Muay Thai" *moment as Bloke 2 & 3 size each other up & Bloke1 tries to cope with the deflation of his manhood* Bloke 4: "Hey COOL guys, I do Sport Taekwondo" Bloke2&3: "F*ck off wiener". (sorry - just had to put that in) I find myself sometimes walking into a room & trying to figure out who'd give me a good run & who I'd smash easily. Stupid I know - you cant always judge a book by it's cover, I remember a small tourney I entered thinking I was King Sh*t and getting completely pwned by a guy 2 weight divisions under me because I didnt realise he was national champion. Wiped the friggin superior smirk off my dial very quickly. I'm a bit wiser now. Or AM I...? I still do a mental check in a business meeting when I'm bored *Yep - I'd pwn you, yup - you too, hmmm - you'd be tough I reckon, if you took off those glasses...* "Oh, sorry? What's that - you want the forecasts?" I'm not saying I look down on any non-fighters but being honest it DOES somewhere figure in my subconscious little mental "top dog" calculation. Maybe that's the REAL reason why we are all fighters.. We just like to think we're top dog on our own little mental calculator.