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In Greece, Can I Buy Man-Cave Decor for a Vegetarian?

How did this scene from a store in Greece happen? Read on.

How did this scene from a store in Greece happen? Read on.

If you’re totally baffled by the title of this article, just read on.

Research suggests that in marriage, men need a room of their own to do Man Things. This sanctuary is often referred to by the term: “Man-Cave.” A Man-Cave is the sanctuary in a shared home in which a man can be a MAN, and the lady of the house stays out.

In our house, my fiancé has a Man-Cave, and we both enjoy its presence greatly. When Colin needs some alone time (as all humans do), he retreats to his manly womb. When I have lady friends over and we want to gossip and giggle, I politely say: “Um, can you go in the Man-Cave, fiancé?” rendering the rest of the house a Woman Zone, and keeping us all happy.

Now, decor is very important in a Man-Cave. Every element must exude testosterone. When we were moving in and sorting the books on the shelves, I asked, “Which books should go where?” and Colin instructed: “All the MANLY books go in the Man-Cave!” And they did.

The eager store owner in Arachova, Greece, showing his furs.

The eager store owner in Arachova, Greece, showing his furs.

Unfortunately, it has come to our attention recently that the Man-Cave needs more decor. “My Man-Cave needs more swords!” declared Colin last week before I left him for nine days to travel to Greece, “or at least an animal skin or two!”

And thus I had that line ringing in my ears yesterday in Arachova, Greece, when my teacher tour friends and I entered a FUR AND SKIN store. “Should I buy Colin an animal skin rug as he hinted?” I pondered. But this raised some awfully tough quandaries:

  • Is it permissible for a woman to buy decor for a man-cave? It seems paradoxical to the point of impossibility.
  • Is a dead goat skin worth $100? (Likely not.)
Tiny dead foxes that bite your wall: Just what a Man-Cave needs!

Tiny dead foxes that bite your wall: Just what a Man-Cave needs!

I was paralyzed with perplexity. And then, blessedly, I remembered the words of my former coach, Joel. Whenever a problem arose, Joel would calmly state: “Well, what there is to do is: ___” and fill in a proactive solution. Joel is an action-oriented man, and life improves thanks to his advice.

So I thought of Joel while gazing at the piles and piles of dead animal skins and furs, and filled in the sentence as follows:

“I don’t know whether or not to buy a dead goat part for my vegetarian fiancé’s Man-Cave! So… well, what there is to do is…” (I thought about it heartily for a moment) “…put on the fire-engine red, ridiculously fluffy animal fur vest hanging on that rack, then pose for ridiculous photos with the animal skins!”

And so I did, the glorious result of which you see in the lead photo to this article.

Dearest fiancé, the decor of your Man-Cave shall rest in your hands alone.

 

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Sandy

Sunday 2nd of December 2012

In our home my husband has his space and decorates as he wants to. But I have to remind him once in a while it is time to clean it. I also have my private space. that has kept us married for 51 years.

Lillie

Sunday 2nd of December 2012

Love it!

Raymond Wu

Thursday 17th of May 2012

I thought what you did was a good idea, but I thought you should have gotten a sword for Colin. I am rather fond of swords.

Herbert Morales

Friday 11th of May 2012

Wow! So much fur from different animals. I love fur. This place is awesome! I probably can survive in Antarctica with all this fur.

Vivian Greene

Friday 11th of May 2012

Well, personally, I feel that a "Man-Cave" belongs to the man, and anything he chooses to put in it should be his choice alone...not to say that women shouldn't have their own "Womb-Rooms" for themselves when they need to relax also! But what type of Man Things do men do? I have a feeling that my question will, possibly, never be answered and I will have to face the mystery. o.O

Annabella B.

Friday 11th of May 2012

The people in Greece are very artistic and crazy. They seem to come up with the weirdest things I have ever seen in my life, but it seems cool.

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