While it’s not manly to talk politics outside of an environment that doesn’t allow physical contact between those involved in the conversation, it’s also not manly to ignore how things are going in the country in general. With that in mind, and not casting blame in any particular direction, it’s interesting to note that we are in unsettled political and financial times, and that this presents an opportunity to pick up some of those manly gifts your man wants at really good prices. Thus, the items I’m listing today won’t have a price or source of purchase, but will be things you should keep an eye open for a good deal on.
What man wouldn’t want to be part owner of an automobile manufacturer?
And let’s face it, regardless of their fiscal soundness, General Motors has been the leader in making manly transportation for years. Besides, even though the value of their shares has dropped enough that picking up a certificate for a hundred and having it framed for display on the garage wall is now in the stocking stuffer range, since the Government seems hell bent on propping the company up, it might even be a good investment.
On the other hand, what with high gas prices and economic woes, some of the more manly vehicles are not selling as well as usual, and good deals may be had on both new and used ones.
So, while in normal times a Hummer or a sweet sports car might have been out of your price range, it couldn’t hurt to look around and see if something this manly can find its way into your drive way for Christmas.
Another industry that’s seeing hard times is home construction.
And that should mean some excellent deals on the manly tools of that trade. I’m thinking that the prices on used power tools, like nail guns, are so low that you’ll need an extra large tree to put them under. Make sure you buy name brands that aren’t visibly beat up, and there should be some great man pleasing values around.
OK, you’re probably not going to get a deal on these. Still, considering the new Government’s view on private firearm ownership, this might be the last chance you have to put something like this AR-15 in your man’s hands. Trust me, he’ll be most grateful for it. Oh, and don’t forget the extras – ammunition, large capacity magazines, and such.
What with large car engines being out of favor, some are finding creative ways to use the unwanted parts.
While any man would drool over a V-8 grill, there are probably many more unique creations out there that would also be manly fun. It couldn’t hurt to look.
It has also come to my attention that, due to the general fear for the economy, air travel rates are down, and the air lines are begging for customers. This comes at a perfect time, because it should be quite reasonable to hand your man round trip tickets to California, so he can get in on the Prop 8 protests.
While I have no general view on the manliness of gay marriage, I do think that, at times, a man needs a good fight, and I’m thinking that if your man can’t find a good reason to pound on either of these groups, then you’re probably reading the wrong blog.
Let us not forget the manliness of building stuff.
That is a cargo container. It’s a big steel box about the size of the trailers semi-trucks haul around. They’re used in great quantity to ship things around the world on ships, trains, and trucks. Fortunately, in a way, since we in the United States import more goods than we ship out, they tend to pile up over here. This makes them right cheap. They have all sorts of other uses, from extra storage to forming the basis for construction of an underground bunker. My friend at http://renaissanceronin.wordpress.com/, is using them to build a house. Still, whatever purpose that are put to, they are technically buildings once on the ground, so if you put two in the back yard, your home turns into a compound, and that is manly.
This last one is off theme, but after I found out the price I was compelled to include it. It’s a motion sensitive automatic camera.
It’s sometimes known as a game camera because biologists use them to monitor wildlife movement along game trails, and it is really manly cool. The concept is that you strap it to a tree in a spot where you want to know what’s happening when you’re not there, come back later, and it has a picture of everything that moved in front of it, even in the dark. I haven’t mentioned them before because I figured they would be far too expensive, but it turns out they can be obtained for around $100! I would point out that, while I want some to keep an eye on what the critters are doing on my farm while I’m not looking, they have a large number of uses even in urban areas. Are your children sneaking out at night? Who’s raiding the refrigerator while you’re asleep? Who swipes your newspaper most mornings before you get down to fetch it? Who’s tossing trash in your yard as they drive by? Now you can find out. I’m putting this on my Christmas wish list, and if I get one I’ll post some of the resulting photos.