Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Are the Suburbs Killing Your Manhood?

From The Art of Manliness: "Are the Suburbs Killing Your Manhood?"

My Comments:
I would say the answer is yes. It's a well-known fact that neighborhood associations - the bane of suburbia - impose restrictive covenants strictly prohibiting testicles. You have to hand 'em over at closing.

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At 7/23/2008 7:29 AM, Anonymous Steve said...

My wife and I are looking at buying a house and she's utterly dismayed by my refusal to buy in a location that requires membership in a neigbhorhood association/housing covenant.

She's even less thrilled with my intention to put up a flag pole for a Don't Tread on Me flag.

At 7/23/2008 10:32 AM, Blogger Bender said...

Let's not place this outrage at the feet of suburbia. The original suburbs were merely subdivisions where everyone could own their own house and a good chunk of land around it. In the original suburbs, houses were sold with clean deeds and you actually had full ownership of the property (could basically do whatever the hell you wanted with it).

It was the later neo-urban developers (i.e. Democrats and liberals) who came in and established homeowners' associations and imposed deed covenants requiring membership for the newer-constructed neighborhoods.

At 7/23/2008 10:56 AM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...

To keep one's manhood intact, one should buy an older home in an older established neighborhood in a large town or small-to-mid-sized city.

Such a purchase requires one to hone such manly skills as home repair and/or remodeling, electrical work, plumbing work, painting, etc.

And there's nothing more emasculating than having to pay an association fee to have a landscaping crew do your yardwork for you. A real man cuts his own grass, so long as he's physically able to do so (i.e. is not restricted from doing so as a result of age or health-related problems).

At 7/23/2008 11:02 AM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...

Speaking of age and health-related problems, I recently threw out my back digging up some paltry looking azaleas from one bed and replanting them in a better location.

I've been worthless around the house ever since.

Actually, I'm pretty worthless around the house anyway. I'm not "honing" those manly skills that I mentioned in my previous comment; I'm having to learn them on the fly. It's probably a good idea to know what you're doing BEFORE you buy an older home.


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