When I was a kid I was certain that my future home would look something like this (above). I really liked the bachelor pad look, even when I was too young to know what a bachelor was.
I'd have a sophisticated telescope (above) on the roof....
....and a Bat Cave and Batmobile. I thought I might even dabble in fighting crime.
Oh, and control panels....I wanted lots of electronics with viewing screens and control panels!
So, what happened? How come I never got my manly dream house (apart from the expense, of course)?
This (above) is what happened. I grew up and got married.
Don't get me wrong, I'm glad I got married. I wouldn't change that for the world. It's just that American tradition gives the girl a big influence in home decoration. If you're a guy and you muscle in on that your neighbors will think you're a monster.
Let's be clear about what we're talking about here. The girl who's going to decorate your manly dream house may have developed her taste while growing up in rooms like this (above). Yikes!
That extra room you were thinking of turning into a safari room?
Your wife may have other plans (above) for it.
Let's face it, women are different than us. They're...I don't know how to say it....refined! When when they sit down to dinner they imagine they're on some country estate having high tea.
BTW: I showed this post to my wife, who thought it was funny but also appallingly inaccurate. I had to talk her out of demanding equal time.