“Bachelor Pad” winner David Good‘s book “The Man Code: A Woman’s Guide to Cracking the Tough Guy” became available this winter. Zap2it caught up with Good to talk about the book, which was an idea that formed long before the Juan incident on “The Bachelorette.”
“They kind of made a mockery of the Man Code on ‘The Bachelorette,'” Good tells us. “They made it like this whole college-bros thing, like if you don’t drink your beer fast enough or something. That’s not what it is.”
So in order to set the record straight, Good finally put into words all the life lessons he’d picked up from his father and from his own experiences and published the book, which he actually started writing in college but only just now completed.
“There’s a funny part of the Man Code,” says Good, referring to the college-bros type thing shown on TV. “But there’s a real Man Code and that’s what I wanted to write about. Kind of right the wrong that they had presented of what the Man Code is.”
“This is something that my dad and I talked about a long time,” he continues. “We always joked around about guys breaking the Man Code, but there was a serious intent behind it.”
After reading “The Man Code,” we had to find out if some parts of the book were in fact those funny Man Code aspects, such as the part where it says your man is not a Man Code man if he “could own a dog, but chooses to own a cat instead. Never trust a single man who owns dog smaller than a typical cat.”
“Of course it’s not all dead serious. One of my best friends from college … somebody dropped a cat off at his door. He’s got this peachy colored cat named Peaches. He’s got a cat named Peaches! How can you not make fun of that?,” laughs Good. “We make fun of him so much, but I love the guy to death. He’s a great guy. He’s definitely a Man Code man. So yeah, some of the book is meant to be funny.”
And it is funny, it made us laugh several times. But there are also some interesting observations and good advice, such as the Lessons to Teach a Budding Man Code Man section that says, “Take responsibility; Let another man shine; Have passion; Be honest; Have something to say.”
Our favorite chapter was the one right at the beginning that detailed Good’s learning of the Man Code from both his mom and his dad when he was growing up, particularly after they divorced when Good was nine.
Overall, it’s not a bad read and the book flies by, clocking in at just under 100 pages. You can order the book from David’s website.