Yada, yada, yada, my ex is a gigantic douche. Not a news flash.
Sometimes I wonder if I give off some kind of asshole pheromone. No, really. If I were to give a guesstimate, I'd say that about only ten percent of the guys I've come across romantically did not end up being total douche bags. If I give it a bit more thought, I'd say that number is actually closer to 7-8%.
So, I decided to put out good vibes for myself and conjure up my "perfect man." Not ideal, but perfect, for I think I have to aim way high to get anything close to what I want (i.e. my ideal man, or ballpark range thereof). I'm not going to state obvious things like intelligence or being financially secure or stuff like that--it's a given (or so I'd hope, dear readers). Instead, I'm going to take pieces of characters and a few real men alike, and present you with a list! So, here it goes, in no particular order.
ETA: I realize that for a lot of women, George Clooney comes to mind because...he's friggin' George Clooney, but he didn't make my list. I did, however, want to give him an honorable mention, because he seems like an awesome dude with an even greater sense of humor.
Luther Vandross--I want my perfect man to be able to sing and have the awesome talent of arranging music just so. And not just sing, but have just such a beautiful and melodious voice that I'd melt. I want him to literally show up on my door and sing like, "A House is Not a Home" or something to me. Ah yes, a foolish romantic am I.
Eliot Stabler--Eliot is passionate, stable and a family man. He is a huge advocate for children, and nicely built. I can't tell you how pissed I was that his character was removed from Law & Order: SVU, but I will always have the memories. Additionally, Eliot is faithful, fearless, and willing to put his neck on the line for what he believes in. He has balls, ladies and gents, and they're big. But yeah, I mention him specifically because of his hardcore family values. I plan on being a mom someday, and while I'm not holding my breath on it, it'd be nice to have a man not just present, but fully aware and accepting as his role in my family. The character Eliot embodies that.
Zachary Levi--I never watched Chuck. Had no desire to, and when I tried, I found I was just so terribly bored. But last year, I went to San Diego Comic Con, and saw the Chuck panel. Zachary Levi had to be the biggest sweetheart on the planet. Not only is he insanely gorgeous (and dear God--that hair!) and tall to boot, he cried at the loss of his fandom experience. He said that his fans--his band of nerds was what made him happiest. He even created a company--The Nerd Machine--for nerds to unite. And while they unite, he raises money for charity. So he's not only a nerd, which I love (being a self proclaimed geek), he also has a big heart. I don't know Zachary on a personal level by any means, but just from what I do know, I could probably stop my list right then there. But I'll plunge on through, for there are a few more names that I have....
Dr. Christian Troy--ah yes, from the no longer airing Nip/Tuck. He's sexy. He's successful. He's confident. And when he realized his own shortcomings, he aligned himself with the smartest kid in class. So even though he wasn't the smartest, he had cunning to make up for it. He also had a heart, and that wasn't too bad. I do acknowledge he wasn't really boyfriend material and was a total douche at times, but I'm just extrapolating his good points, so keep that in mind. Bonus--he's the kind of man who I'd never have to remind about ear hair maintenance. Or really, any kind of maintenance.
Idris Elba--Another extremely good looking man who dresses well, but he has to have one of the sexiest walks on the planet. The man literally has swag, people. He has confidence, grace, and sex appeal when he moves. And I say that as someone who's seem him in person. Oh, and he's British. I don't know what it is about British accents, but good grief, are they *PWs. I realize I'm saying that as an American, but meh. Additionally, Idris is a total PW on his very own, even without that voice.
Spike--Speaking of British accents (even though James Marsters is a California boy), I'm pretty sure Spike kicked off my...adoration of males with British accents. He too also has an awesome walk, chock full of sex appeal. But what Spike also has is a plethora of romantic values. He writes and reads poetry. His undead heart is worn proudly on his sleeve. He has so much adoration and respect for the woman that he loves. He also sings on occasion. He's brave, with a strong sense of family values, and will stick by you no matter what to the bitter end. He's the guy that won't run away when things get heavy. So yeah, he's on my list too.
Michael Rosenbaum--Another nerd makes my list. Well, to be more accurate, I think that Michael is more of a geek like me. And for my ideal man? That's always a HUGE plus. In addition to that, he has a most magnificent sense of humor. He's not only totally cool about poking fun at others, but he does a good job at poking fun at himself. Michael is also a fabulous storyteller, and seems very secure with himself and his lot in life. He doesn't put on airs, either, and is quick to have a beer or party with his fans. I haven't had that particular pleasure, but I appreciate that that quality in particular is in him. A lot of celebs can be huge douchers. I'm happy to say he isn't one of them.
Ryan Gosling--Ah, Ryan Gosling...I don't know much about him other than the fact he's a fine actor (and no, I have not seen "The Notebook"...nor do I want to), but there was a huge internet meme surrounding him. And let me just say that I'd love to be his "Hey Girl."
[PW is a term I came up with a few years ago, which means "panty wetter." Graphic, I know, but sometimes, an apt description if the right guy crosses your path...]