It's something manly that they do every once in a while.
I think I've got a pretty sweet deal because Selma is convinced that the girl's equivalent to a man date is a tea party, so whenever the guys have a man date, Selma and I have a tea party - which essentially means that I get to do whatever I want with her, and then I tag on a tea party at the end of the afternoon and she's as happy as can be.
I've been wanting a few new plants, so before we tea-partied we went down to the market to pick some out. It went kind of like this:
me: Selma, pick out a plant for us!
Selma: picks out a plant
me: don't touch the edge of the sawed-in-two beer can!
me: sweet plant! now stand there so that I can take a picture
Selma: stands there so I can take a picture
me: don't touch the edge of that sawed-in-two beer can!
we made it home with all fingers intact
and we even had time for a tea party (proof here)