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The American Dream

I have no deviant desires.
The American Dream
Brent Humphreys

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I am married and I live in the suburbs.

My street looks like every street you have seen in every commercial since 1957.Ever since I first came here, I couldn’t think of living anywhere else.

I have two children – both bright – a girl and a boy. I can’t wait to watch them grow up.

I love my car. My impeccable home. I love being fit, and I love a good day’s work. I love being straight and never confused about my sexual identity. I love my wife. I love being monogamous.

I love my neighbors who come out on Saturday mornings and cut their grass, and chitchat to me while we washdown our cars and driveways.

Every second Saturday, after the kids are safely off to bed, I take a Viagra. My wife and I will then finish watching our Saturday night crime drama, and then for the next 20 or so minutes I remind my wife of why she really married me in the first place. After which she usually takes a Sleep Eze-type product because she says she likes getting a good Saturday night sleep.

The kids are always up early on Sunday mornings, diligently doing their homework at the kitchen table, while Mom bakes cookies and makes bread in her new breadmaker. That’s when the kitchen really shines. We don’t go to church, except for the high holidays, but we still know we are blessed.

My wife booked us a trip to the Caribbean. She said we could get double airmiles if we put the entire trip on our VISA card.

When our neighbors ask how the trip was I tell them it was brilliant, just as theirs had been. It’s not a lie.

Sure, we all comb our hair the same way, and we are a little obsessed with dandelions and flossing our teeth. And so what if we all like to go to the same movies, watch the same TV, and eat the same popcorn. It’s a good life here.

Uncomplicated.

I’m not a complicated man.

I have no deviant desires.

—Sherwood Hinze

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Anonymous

These people have a right to live the way they want, even f it is mind-numbing. Most of the humans on the planet would be so grateful to have this lifestyle, or even just clean water. I live in a country where some people have dirt floors.and thers live in caves (albeit nice caves, with those very high tech inventions called wooden doors).

I'm American, I left 25 years ago. I do not miss the standardized culture nor the standardized smug , critiques.

Anonymous

These people have a right to live the way they want, even f it is mind-numbing. Most of the humans on the planet would be so grateful to have this lifestyle, or even just clean water. I live in a country where some people have dirt floors.and thers live in caves (albeit nice caves, with those very high tech inventions called wooden doors).

I'm American, I left 25 years ago. I do not miss the standardized culture nor the standardized smug , critiques.

bigbaballoo

If the mindless conformists were aware those doing with so little "even the water" might not be doing without....get it?

open your mind & help others.....instead of living with one's head in the sand....

sad that you seem so unaware....seek awareness & you wil find

there is a much more interesting & meaningful life with an open mind...

Peace
BB

bigbaballoo

If the mindless conformists were aware those doing with so little "even the water" might not be doing without....get it?

open your mind & help others.....instead of living with one's head in the sand....

sad that you seem so unaware....seek awareness & you wil find

there is a much more interesting & meaningful life with an open mind...

Peace
BB

Anonymous

I did not grow in a home. Just a house, built by my father.
With the expanstion of his buisness, he was was able to buy all his needs from walls to lights
At the local Home Depot.
Such nice folks there really. Take the kids to scouts, work long days.
It was all worth it. Selling all of those refrigderators from China.
But it's ok. Buisness is a good thing. That's why you have your MacBook son.
"all I want you to do is be happy" he says.
But I myself, being the observer kind,
Take a walk around this suburban mansion, hearing all the cheap floor boards creek,
Were"nt they on sale?
This new bed set, creeks evrytime I lay down,
Nothing works. 10 years into this house, everyone moved out, my mom continues to redecorate
With newest fashions. Always new.
Something tells me their not happy either

Anonymous

I did not grow in a home. Just a house, built by my father.
With the expanstion of his buisness, he was was able to buy all his needs from walls to lights
At the local Home Depot.
Such nice folks there really. Take the kids to scouts, work long days.
It was all worth it. Selling all of those refrigderators from China.
But it's ok. Buisness is a good thing. That's why you have your MacBook son.
"all I want you to do is be happy" he says.
But I myself, being the observer kind,
Take a walk around this suburban mansion, hearing all the cheap floor boards creek,
Were"nt they on sale?
This new bed set, creeks evrytime I lay down,
Nothing works. 10 years into this house, everyone moved out, my mom continues to redecorate
With newest fashions. Always new.
Something tells me their not happy either

Anonymous

you might be be right child, but they did what they could to shield you from the cold and hard pavement outside your bedroom window, but you must go now, and try not to hit the cold concrete too hard. it will be your new home for a while until you figure out a few things and get a place of your own, some children possibly and your thoughts then will fall to keeping them from that same cold stone.

Anonymous

you might be be right child, but they did what they could to shield you from the cold and hard pavement outside your bedroom window, but you must go now, and try not to hit the cold concrete too hard. it will be your new home for a while until you figure out a few things and get a place of your own, some children possibly and your thoughts then will fall to keeping them from that same cold stone.

Ozzie Maland

Is it ok to ask for abundance? If we just get sufficiency, and have to use practical intelligence to make ends meet, would that not be ok? Certainly not ok to ask for an abundance of lustful, undiseased virgins -- what happened to Imelda Marcos' hundreds of Italian shoes?

Ozzie Maland

Is it ok to ask for abundance? If we just get sufficiency, and have to use practical intelligence to make ends meet, would that not be ok? Certainly not ok to ask for an abundance of lustful, undiseased virgins -- what happened to Imelda Marcos' hundreds of Italian shoes?

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