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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

the OWS movement has much more in its aim than any of the detractors accuse here. The crazy thing is, the aims of OWS pierce through the very needs of everyone in this society. People whom tell the OWS movement to get jobs miss the point, and are doing their own future harm as it's a constant that technology replaces jobs increasingly as time goes on. Think you'll still have your $35K a year with benefits 15 years from now? No man is an island, despite what the rhetoric in this country claims. If you think it's all about working for self, securing your own future in spite of others and then rationalizing the fact that there exists a growing impoverished class, you're just living in a fantasy world. Do the research, we can't educate you about the trends of history in aggregate, you must do it for yourself and believe that your fellow countrymen, your fellow human is trying to change this society in your best interest.

Anonymous

the OWS movement has much more in its aim than any of the detractors accuse here. The crazy thing is, the aims of OWS pierce through the very needs of everyone in this society. People whom tell the OWS movement to get jobs miss the point, and are doing their own future harm as it's a constant that technology replaces jobs increasingly as time goes on. Think you'll still have your $35K a year with benefits 15 years from now? No man is an island, despite what the rhetoric in this country claims. If you think it's all about working for self, securing your own future in spite of others and then rationalizing the fact that there exists a growing impoverished class, you're just living in a fantasy world. Do the research, we can't educate you about the trends of history in aggregate, you must do it for yourself and believe that your fellow countrymen, your fellow human is trying to change this society in your best interest.

Anonymous

interesting piece, but the contempt is a turnoff. many readers of adbusters eschew the suburbs -- no problem. but it may come as a surprise that some people in all countries -- american, canadian, chinese, russian, british, whatever... DO want to live in a suburban life. do you think a poor Chilean wouldn't want a comfortable home with a nice car, or neighbors who help maintain the community?
so I just don't understand where this is going.

Anonymous

interesting piece, but the contempt is a turnoff. many readers of adbusters eschew the suburbs -- no problem. but it may come as a surprise that some people in all countries -- american, canadian, chinese, russian, british, whatever... DO want to live in a suburban life. do you think a poor Chilean wouldn't want a comfortable home with a nice car, or neighbors who help maintain the community?
so I just don't understand where this is going.

dwk3

The American Dream is unique to each individual. If you are content and happy living in a Levittown, it is your choice. Not my American Dream, but many people like the suburban lifestyle, so that is where they should be. One day those 20 year old OWS, will be relaxing in the backyard swimming pool after mowing their lawn Home is a personal expression..

dwk3

The American Dream is unique to each individual. If you are content and happy living in a Levittown, it is your choice. Not my American Dream, but many people like the suburban lifestyle, so that is where they should be. One day those 20 year old OWS, will be relaxing in the backyard swimming pool after mowing their lawn Home is a personal expression..

Anonymous

Never in a million years will I believe this person's children are up early on Sunday morning doing their HW at a table. Thats just straight up LYING

Anonymous

Never in a million years will I believe this person's children are up early on Sunday morning doing their HW at a table. Thats just straight up LYING

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