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Man's Unofficial Guide to the Use of His Garage
This book is a humorous and informative guide to arranging a garage so as to transform it into a “Man's Castle”.
Webster’s Dictionary defines the garage as a “housing for an automotive vehicle”. It has already been stated that a man’s garage is his castle. He is the king of this domain, right?? Do we men dare put automobiles in a castle? NO WAY! If you want a nice neat space for your car and nothing else, you probably need not read any further, but you bought this book or someone bought it for you, so keep reading anyway. When you are through with the book, please be so kind as to leave it in full sight for the next good hearted soul to read, like on the back of the potty.
Cars just take up too much space in a garage leaving minimal room for those important things a man needs to continue being king in a domain so unfamiliar to the outside world. There is only one question here: What do you really want in your garage? Your beloved four-wheel chariot or those all important “man things”? The other question, of course, is: Can the car(s) exist with “man things”?
Since this book does not end here, you know that the answer is “man things”’ need to be in the garage, and the point of this book is to give some hints as to a cleverly designed, organization of a garage so that you may have the best of both worlds. Now, this is getting exciting, isn’t it! Follow me now into a world of garage adventure. This is going to be fun!!
For all of you who have enough of that green stuff to have a home with a three car garage, this will be a piece of cake, and you get to eat it too, but keep on reading, and you three-car guys may learn a little. But, for you guys out there who are not so well off, you must use your ingenuity and basic survival instincts to obtain that ultimate goal, your dream castle, “the perfect garage”. By the way, it will never be perfect. There is always room (excuse the pun) for improvement. That’s what makes it fun. Move it there, buy this tool, throw this out, buy another tool, replace that, move it over there and back again. The fun is about to begin.
It has been said that “ a man’s home is his castle”, but as everyone, especially a man’s wife, knows it is really the garage that is his haven, his rest area on the highway of life, a place where anything goes so to speak, and his castle where he is king.
Man's Unofficial Guide to the Use of his Garage
by Thomas J. Neviaser
Rating: 4 out of 5
Reviewed by: John Hoh, www.bookideas.com
Almost every man who owns a home inevitably has a garage, or at the very least a shed. The man of the manor may spend a fair amount of time in this domain. There are the inevitable auto repairs. There are usually tools on the walls, specifically for garage and outdoor activities. Sometimes there’s even a fridge to keep the beers cold!
Thomas Neviaser has written a humorous book with insights into developing one’s garage to one’s liking. He also warns the reader of pitfalls along the way and things you should never, ever do. Since Mr. Neviaser is a trained physician, I’m sure that many of the “no-no’s” come from emergency room duty if not personal experience.
The good doctor covers things like planning the layout of the garage, ideal locations of light switches, what types of lights to use and where to use them, and many ideas for storage in the garage. The reader comes away thinking this man must have spent a lot of time in the garage.
At the end he even let’s his wife offer her views of having a “garage-bound husband.” At first she was jealous and resentful, but then learned to appreciate that the garage often kept a meddlesome husband out of her way.
The only thing that detracted from my joy of this book is the misuse of exclamation marks. Do you really need a half dozen exclamation marks to make your point?!!! The words did an excellent job of conveying the message; unfortunately it seemed no editor was around to prune the superfluous punctuation from the excellent prose contained within the book. I strongly recommend a rigorous pruning before the next printing.
The ultimate tribute and how-to-guide for Garages...
Thomas J. Neviaser, has authored the ultimate tribute and how-to-guide for garages everywhere with his book "Man's Unofficial Guide to the use of his Garage'. In an age of reality television that's filled with home remodeling where homeowners learn to create their dream spaces, Thomas Neviaser has penned the literary equivalent of "The Straight Eye for the Garage Guy."
"Man's Unofficial Guide to the use of his Garage" tells it like it is from the introduction where the author informs us that he has owned five homes and it has taken him thirty years to become comfortable with his garage and "at this point, I know just about where everything is..." The author is honest in the fact that he is not an overnight expert at garage management and design. This stuff takes time and hours if not years to master.
"Man's Unofficial Guide to the use of his Garage" helps us understand and graduate from the simple garage that stores stuff and parked cars to the "castle where he is king." Webster's Dictionary defines the garage as a "housing for an automotive vehicle." This definition was before Thomas J. Neviaser came along - Mr. Webster needs to read "Man's Unofficial Guide to the use of his Garage" and change the definition to something like "A Garage is a place not just for cars - NO WAY! A Garage is a place for a work bench, hedge trimmers, lawnmowers, Loppers, Brooms, Trash bags and Ladders. The Garage is a place where a Man's Life can be his own, and women can be happy because their men are happy. The garage is the center of the universe for all 'honey-do" lists."
"Man's Unofficial Guide to the use of his Garage" is a book that was long overdo where the author mixes humor and sincerity like happy man in an organized and peaceful garage working on his lawn edger.
Review by John Weaver (Booksandauthors.net) for
"Man's Unofficial Guide to the use of his Garage"
Reviews for "Man's Unofficial Guide to the Use of His Garage"
|Reviewed by Julie Donner Andersen
|Oh, I love the title! Every man will buy it, thinking it is really a how-to guidebook on garage maintenance/organization. Every wife on the planet wil buy it to gain insight as to why the garage is her husband's "packrat paradise". We have a three car garage - we can't even park a tricycle in it. LOL!
|Reviewed by Thomas Neviaser
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