Simple Pleasures of a Man

 What this man likes

 Life is full of simple pleasures and so many people take them for granted. Below is a list of some of the things that bring me pleasure in life.Rope-Swing


Now don’t forget, I’m a man and so my list is, most likely, very different from what would be found on a woman’s. Am I the only man who enjoys these things? Do women enjoy them more? Feel free to add your own onto the end. Keep it PG-13 or under.
The Story
I had an old roommate named Tim Richards who was/is a man of simple pleasures. He took nothing for granted and enjoyed a lot of the simple things in life. He taught me a lot. Anyways, one day he came into the house and asked me, “Hey Dave, have you smelled those flowers right next to the steps yet? They’re real fragrant.” Honestly, I didn’t even know that we had flowers next to the steps. I marched right out, knelt down and smelled those flowers. It brightened my day and I haven’t hesitated stopping to smell the flowers since. It’s a simple pleasure that most people miss out on……and it’s free.


Here are some of my simple pleasures listed by Sense 



Sense of Touch


  • Putting on new socks after a shower
  • A fish on the line
  • Hammocks
  • When I drink cold water and feel it go all the way down
  • Laying on a hot rock after coming out of cold water
  • Accelerating
  • Laying on my bed after a long day on my feet
  • My hot wife’s lips
  • Sleeping in clean sheets
  • Backscratches
  • Water finally draining out of my ear while laying in bed
  • Earlobe pulls
  • (honesty moment) Taking care of an acne issue
  • My wife’s foot massages
  • Picking scabs (another honesty)
  • Swings
  • Headscratches
  • Armscratches
  • My little girl Sela’s unsolicited kiss
  • My wife’s unsolicited kiss
  • Dogs leaning against me
  • Slight hair pulling
  • Massages

Sense of Hearing

  • U2 concerts
  • Cellos
  • A good drum solo
  • Classical guitar
  • The key of E
  • Harmonica solos
  • Playing guitar
  • Sela’s singing
  • My baby son Cross’ laugh
  • My wife’s compliment

Sense of Smell

  • The smell of a real leather bag or jacket
  • Fragrant flowers
  • Smell of coffee
  • Desert smell after a rain

Sense of Taste



  • Half baked brownies with cold whole milk
  • Horse burritos from Burritos del Oro in Juarez
  • Dr. Pepper
  • Totino’s Pizza
  • Suzette’s goulash
  • Peanut butter cookie dough
  • Cinnabon cinnamon rolls
  • Hot sauce on my popcorn
  • Fresh coffee
  • A good dark beer
  • A good cigar with a friend
  • Tacos al pastor
  • Pickled sausages
  • Peanut butter
  • Eggnog

Sense of Sight


  • Big waves
  • Unique landscapes
  • Explosions
  • Waterfalls
  • Hard hard rain
  • Lightning
  • Tumultuous clouds
  • Snow
  • Seeing someone start a relationship with God
  • My gorgeous wife Suzette
  • A clean car, a fire in a fireplace

Unclassifiable Actions

  • Rolling rocks off cliffs and down mountains
  • Winning
  • Innertubing down mountains and rivers
  • Mountain biking
  • Jumping into water from high placesBridge-Jumping
  • Beating my brother Jonathan at Chess
  • Destroying things
  • Spooning with my wife
  • Beating my brother-in-law at Scrabble
  • Coming home after a long trip
  • Traveling to new places
  • Taking pictures
  • Lighting fires
  • Getting an overdue oil change
  • Inner-tubing down mountains and rivers
  • Mountain biking
  • Exploring
  • Throwing rocks at things floating in the water
  • Car chases in movies
  • Hiking
  • Snowboarding
  • Killing a mosquito right before I go to sleep

Some say that there is pleasure in killing people. Never tried it. I’ve heard it said that shooting up with Heroin gives you quite the good feeling. I’ll pass. This man enjoys the simple pleasures in life. It’s vital to a joyful life to savor and appreciate the simplest of pleasures around you.  Don’t take them for granted.