Add this to the amusing downslide of the modern male

I have a few stringent  strict rules in life I loosely abide by.

One is that I don’t post more than once a day on this blog. But rules are made to be broken, aren’t they?

Well, in this case the rule begged to be broken.

During the process of preparing to post my Makeover video, I glanced at the news items on MSN and this link in the Lifestyle section caught my eye: Man Corsets.

How could I not look? You tell me that.

They spoke to a woman from an online retailer that is pushing a new men’s “shapewear” garment. The man can slide the sheer and feminine “He Corset” over his flabby paunch and instantly be transformed into a muscular and lean hunk of meat. It reminds me of the infamous “Bro” (a male bra for manboobs) from Seinfeld.

(I must have trampled on some copyrights, the video was removed from Youtube. Follow the link if you’d like to witness the trainwreck. Here is a screenshot.)

This strikes me as incredibly anti-masculine on a deeply instinctual level. I realize that men have every right to use any means available to make themselves look better but I don’t have much tolerance for lazy and cosmetic falsity for appearance’s sake.

That is a woman’s game…if you’re an able-bodied man, you are genetically required to earn your physique and your toughness. You can’t don silly masks in order to fool others. Life is not Halloween.

Rant off

Obviously, a bit of self-examination clearly tells me why I find things like this annoying…

A symbolic update for East L.A. Makeover’s stage 3 and 4

Yeah, yeah, before you start nagging at me, let me just say it’s been a very busy month.

Between the holidays and some serious busy-ness at work, I haven’t had much time or motivation to take on any major housecleaning since November. Now that it’s a new year and things are simmering down, I can’t hide my laziness and procrastination behind convenient excuses any longer.

This video, while not much of an update in the truest sense, is merely a reminder, a wake-up call, for me to get my butt moving.

The kitchen (stage 3) and the dining room (stage 4) are nearly complete. The major remaining obstacles for the completion of both is a little shopping. I had my fill of department stores and malls last month…I was not about to shop for any damn household furniture until after the New Years anyway.