Things every self respecting man over 30 should own

Now, I am neither a man nor over 30, but I was intrigued by the title and read through the list thinking of both me and Erik. Now that we have finished most of the remodeling and even have TWO sofas, the apartment is really started to have a feel of togetherness.

And because I am at a course in Norwich and have too much spare time I scored Erik and I separately and us together to see how self respecting we are and how much we have to fix the next 4-5 years…




So, this is our graph. Erik is the blue one, I am red and us combined is the green. We compliment each other, but we have also both developed since we met and there are things that we both have now that we didn’t two years ago. There are also things one of us don’t have because the other one has it. But there aren’t much we are missing, I am happy to see.


  • undershirts
  • lint roller
  • record player
  • solid book collection

And we have been talking about a CD-player at least (as we don’t actually have any LPs, but hundreds of CDs) to go with the speakers that we have. And we should probably introduce a lint roller too. I don’t know about the undershirts, but I think that we won’t have a solid book collection. I think we will end up having books on the Kindle, but not on the shelf. We’ll read them and then donate them.

What do you think? How would you score?

4 thoughts on “Things every self respecting man over 30 should own

  1. I have only 2/3 of those items.

    And while I really need to buy a chef’s knife and a cast-iron skillet one day, and would love to get a tailored suit, I won’t buy a French press, because I don’t drink coffee. Similarly, buying a car would be a waste of money for me, because it takes only 10 minutes to get to work with my bike or 15 minutes with the underground, and I have a supermarket right around the corner.

    So I don’t really agree with that list. I would remove the car and jumper cables, and add a decent collection of teas as an alternative to the French press.

    • I agree about the tea ๐Ÿ™‚ But maybe you should have a way to make coffee, in case of guests?

      It is definitely an American list when you think about the car and everything. But I think that in Europe you should be a member in a car sharing service, so that you can have a car if you need one. And that is a good equivalent.

      • Ok, I’m member in a car sharing service.

        If guests want coffee, I can offer them terribly sweet instant coffee. Actually, it’s more like sugar with coffee flavour… ๐Ÿ˜€

        • ๐Ÿ˜› sounds wonderful. And see, you are the modern, European man with a car sharing service ๐Ÿ˜‰

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