Mancave - Monday, May 25, 2015

Happy Memorial Day!  There is truly no better way to celebrate this holiday than outside - honor the men and women who fight and have fought to protect our country.  Of course, if it is raining, then you may be better off hiding out in your mancave.  The subject of today's blog is the mancave, not because we believe that men inherently deserve the right to their own private hideaway (we won't say we do or that we don't on that one), but because we have a neon sign on the tour dedicated to this "important" contribution to society.

The first known usage of the phrase "man cave" can be traced as far back as 1992.  Some people believe it's important for men to have a private space in the house in which they can express themselves, whether that is by putting action figures on display, sports stuff, or quite simply by not picking up after themselves.  In homes where the women determine how the public portion of the house looks, it becomes even more important, following this logic, that men have their space where they can relax and be themselves, usually an attic, a basement, or a modified garage. That's all well and good, but if relaxing means leaving an old pizza lying around for a few weeks, even that liberty may have to be re-evaluated.
QUESTION:  Which of the following would not be considered a man cave?
A)  Al Bundy's garage in Married...With Children
B)  Arnold's Diner in Happy Days
C)  Chandler and Joey's apartment in Friends
D)  Jerry Seinfeld's apartment in Seinfeld

HOLDING HANDS  For those of you who think nothing happened in America that did not benefit corporations during the decade of the 1980s, think again.  On this day in 1985, people across the country, from New York City to Santa Monica, California, held hands.  For fifteen minutes, Hands Across America showed a unified effort to help the unfortunate and underprivileged.  To secure a space in the line, participants donated at least ten dollars to a local charity and showed their solidarity.  Maybe it's time for us to do this again.  May we recommend the next Election Day?

GANDALF.  Okay, yes.  Today is Ian McKellan's birthday.  He's turning 76.  But no, he was not born in the United States.  He is pure English.  But we still want to celebrate his big day because we love his work.  From the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies to the X-Men franchises, as well as all his other amazing performances, we would be sad to not acknowledge the great Shakespearian actor.  If you want to see one of his great performances prior to his starring in blockbusters, we recommend his turn in the movie adaptation of Shakespeare's Richard III.

QUOTE:  I'm not quite as cool as I'd really like to be. - Ian McKellan

ANSWER:  B)  Arnold's Diner in Happy Days.  As a full, functioning diner, there was no way to allow true expression to just the guys.  And true, Elaine also hung out in Jerry's apartment, but the food lying around and the bikes in the room suggest the male dominance going on.  And yes, people do think about things like this!