Breaking the Man Rules


Lynda thinks Tareq threw a "late night punch" at Mary and her family.



Once again, thank you for letting me into your lives and for all the love and support you have given me. Episode 5 has been my favorite so far. I think many of you will agree that each episode shines new light, and I trust that by the end of the series you will have a better understanding of who each of us are. I appreciate your comments so please keep them coming. Oh, and by the way, I haven't perfected it yet, but I am enjoying Tweeting as THERealLyndaDC.  

Breaking the Man Rules

Once again, Teflon Tareq pulls a late night punch, and this time it's directed at Mary and her family. REALLY?!! Did y'all know that the accusations Tareq was referring to had happened two years earlier? If he was so concerned when he saw Lolly's Facebook posting, why didn't he contact Mary and Rich to discuss it immediately? Why wait two years, host a dinner party and then bring it up as dinner conversation with others present? As Rich clearly states, Tareq definitely broke all the man rules. What kind of host does that?! Maybe someone who has had too much wine to drink??! It was a good thing that Stacie and Jason were present to support Mary, and as parents themselves, they were visibly shaken by the serious accusations being made. My heart went out to the Amons family. Lolly's comments about Tareq were spot on and I think Mary and Rich handled it like proper parents would.  They talked it out with Lolly, checked with authorities, and did a full investigation to make sure that it was not true. I think that we are all in agreement, he is a wack job!

Fairy Tales Do Come True... It Can Happen To You!

Depicted by Michaele in her fictional fairy tale as the Wicked Stepmother of the bunch, I laughed when Michaele likened herself to Cinderella, and my beloved other housewives, the Ugly Stepsisters! That's hilarious! When Michaele was out to lunch with her assistant Jen and talking about Lolly, she said, "That's the power of Facebook, so be careful. If you are out there doing crazy things, it's going to come back." Yes, Michaele, you know that all too well!

Cat and The Republican Party

Well we all know where Cat stands when it comes to the Republican party in our country! I believe that Cat has made the exception when it comes to me, because when we talk politics, our positions are basically the same as to what we would like to see changed in America... health-care... education... and this is just the beginning. Being a Republican, I was feeling frustrated by my party's lack of leadership. When Presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain added Sarah Palin to the ticket, I praised him for thinking outside the box and choosing a woman, however, I didn't feel she was qualified to be Vice President let alone THE President if something should happen to him. Obama's platform of change and hope led me to vote for a Democratic president for the first time in my life.  

I loved the scene with Cat and her children in her closet trying to find something inappropriate to wear to Edwina Rogers's fundraiser for health-care reform. The fact that she showed up as Sarah Palin made me LOL and wish that I had actually been there to have witnessed that moment! So, okay guys, has Cat earned her "get out of jail free" card yet, cause I know y'all have expressed some pretty strong opinions about my dear friend. As I said from the beginning, you'll either love her or hate her. So what's the consensus now?? I'd love to hear your comments on this.  

Dinner with The Turners

Ebong and I have really enjoyed getting to know the Turners. I'd like to elaborate on the conversations that we were having during dinner with them at the Madison Hotel. Having just learned that her biological father was of Nigerian descent, Stacie wanted to talk to Ebong about their common ancestry. She knew the tribe and was inquiring about how difficult it might be to find him. I could feel her pain and disappointment about her birth mother's unwillingness to share the name of her biological father with her. My first instinct was that this could have been a tragic love story. I was trying to open her heart to what her mother may have been experiencing at the time. Because of racism, because of ignorance, I think her mother was forced to make a decision that has probably haunted her throughout her life. It literally brought tears to my eyes when I heard Stacie referring to herself as "the secret." I empathize with Stacie and think that she has the right to know who her father is. When you heard me referencing reverse racism, I was referring to my own personal experiences growing up in the South, and later as a backup singer for Candi Staton. Her band and her fans were predominantly black and when we traveled people treated me differently because of the color of my skin. Hopefully in today's world we have evolved to a place where we treat each other equally, as we are all God's people. I hope that Stacie's birth mom can set aside her fears and give Stacie the information she needs to bring closure to this painful journey.  

Moving to Virginia... Family Matters

Let me start by saying that Georgetown is my favorite place in DC. I located my office there over 26 years ago and aspired to live there one day. I was truly blessed to have lived the last five years in a beautiful environment overlooking the Potomac River with a picturesque view of DC's memorials and monuments. Unfortunately, apartment living wasn't conducive to our family lifestyle. When I began looking at properties (keep in mind, I'm a real estate junkie... I love real estate and have maintained a strong presence in the art of "that" game), everything in DC was so overpriced. People were listing their homes as though it was still a sellers market. For me, I knew better. It all made $$s and sense for me to return to a place that was familiar and yet a good investment for the future. I call this home my 5-year plan, although my friend and real estate consultant, Jackie Weldon, just giggles and says, "Yeah right, I have a feeling you'll have your grandchildren coming and going here for many years to come." Having just met Stacie and being very impressed by her knowledge of the real estate market, I wanted to get a second opinion. I appreciate the time she spent assuring me that McLean was still a great place to buy. I know she's not a big fan of Virginia, but different strokes for different folks.

And in closing, I leave you with this beautiful poem...


I doubt no more God's power to heal,

For every day His love reveals

Some greater strength that rests in me.

When others ask, "How can it be

That you are changed- not as before?"

My answer is - "I doubt no more."

- Isabel M. Thompson

Peace & Blessings,



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Man Rule Refresher

Rich Amons has a few more Man Rule lessons to share.


Greatly appreciate all your very kind comments on my first attempt at Bravo blogging last week. It's fun to be able to just say whatever you want without any basis or need to fact check, just like a real blogger! It was a lot of fun to read your comments as well, thank you for taking the time to respond. And time now for Round 2 of the RHWODC Reunion Show!

While I did take some heat from some unnamed members of my Man Council for outing a few of our Man Rules and Rituals (and especially the Vegas Offsite), I feel I did it for the betterment of Reality Show Society and in the interest of helping the Man Rules underprivileged, who were not entrusted with the "Code" to see the error of their ways. I would always rather ask forgiveness than permission, so please find it in your hearts, Man Council, to forgive my numerous transgressions or I will default, as is my right, to my "Sorry, but I am not sorry" veto of any sanctions brought against me. 

In that light, after viewing the RHWODC Reunion Show Part Deux, "someone" would appear to need a refresher course and some additional Man Rules and Regulations laid out for him in the interest of assisting him in getting into some big boy pants and out of the pull up over 200 Lb. diapers. 

Man Rules Refresher: Say it aloud with me, "When asked a Yes or No Question, Please give a Yes or No Answer!"  

Failure examples include:

Do you own the home featured on the show and on 

Did you send your Financial Statement over in disappearing spy ink to Stacie to protect your privacy?

Did you donate any more wine than the one sparkling wine bottle you sabraged onto Lynda's badonkadonk for Paul's birthday party?

Man Rule: Look people in the eye when you are talking to them. 

Failure to do so will give off the perception that you are either hiding something or not telling the truth. Eyes are often called the window to the soul and failure to maintain eye contact is disrespectful to the person you're lying, I mean, talking to.

Exceptions: You have no soul. 

See also: If you can fake sincerity, the rest is easy.

Man Rule: Your wife should never have to tell you to apologize.

Especially to another woman. If you're unable to recognize you have just screwed the pooch big-time with a member of the opposite sex, you should be quarantined for the duration with a 24-7 ration of Oprah and Dr. Phil reruns until properly sensitized. In the case of disagreement, yes, women should encourage men to apologize in an abundance of relationship caution, but to be "told" you have to apologize indicates your internal filters need to be recalibrated and tuned up for life outside the cave. 

Exceptions: Guy's Night Out (GNO) 

I am not apologizing while getting my drink on, "Sorry For Partying" rules are in effect while men are in their "If I had feelings they would be hurt" zone. Women, we need this precious downtime from shouldering responsibility for always being wrong under the Hilary Clinton Act (HCA) that declared the #1 Rule that was obvious to women for centuries, "Men are always wrong," which was amended recently to add HCA #2 Rule: "When in doubt, see Rule #1." 

See also: Darwin's Guide to Evolutionary Relationship Building

Man Rule: You can't blame everyone else for your mistakes and failures.

Making mistakes and encountering failure is just an unavoidable fact of life, even on Candy Mountain. When you run the sparkly rainbow unicorn right into the neighbor's new car, do you take the walk of shame up to their door and confess and leave a note with correct contact info, or do you slink away and blame those drunken high school kids playing mailbox baseball again the next morning when you see your neighbor at the coffeehouse?

Eventually you run out of people to blame and there is just you. Let's circumvent years of irresponsible behavior and just own up to our mistakes and learn from our failures going forward. One of the great parts of the real world we live in here in the US is that people recognize mistakes are part of life and don't keep score for long, but they do judge and punish those that show no remorse or the inability to see the connection that their actions have caused harm to others. 

See: The guidebooks to most major religions, such as the Bible (all versions), Koran, Common Sense for Dummies, etc.

Again, this season's Man Rule infractions are far too numerous and the space allotted by Bravo too small to address all of them. 

After some quick research, "The Donald" is my new reality show role model, he pulls it all off brilliantly while maintaining his day job and fully employing all his children, AND still maintains a single digit handicap, much respect to Mr. Trump. Call me if you ever need a 4th to play golf on the Potomac!

Again, people, please hook my daughter Lolly up with any interesting opportunities in the art, music, and animal/equestrienne areas as she is passionate about all three. Follow her on Twitter @lollyamons and please remember, her Dad is the Total JackHole of the Millennium and she deserves a break or two.

Please also follow my favorite Housewife, Mary Amons, on all she is doing (which is a lot!) at and follow her on Twitter @maryamons. She is really the one who laid it all out there this season for the world to opine on, and I think she did a great job and represented our little part of the world very well in light of a social black swan of epic proportions that dropped in uninvited and whisked the show off to Candy Mountain. There are some very funny Mary and family video pieces that we hope you get to see on in the near future. It was a pleasure to work with everyone at Bravo and Half Yard, they were great to us, and we appreciate it.

Yes, it's not generally thought to be the wisest of decisions to throw in with a reality tv show, but Mary, Bravo, and their team did a great job capturing a little taste of what I love about our town and the little Amons clan that puts the FUN in dysfunctionally functional! Thank you for watching this season and hope to hear from you here on, Facebook, or on Twitter @richamons. Mazel and good things, people!


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