Love, Communication, and Mutual Respect

Secret Thoughts

A Rewarding Experience

Man Rule Refresher

Wine Woes

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Bullying Tactics

Something for the Grandchildren

Man Rules

McGyver, Jack Bauer, ... Jason Turner?

Just Say ... Yes?

Mary's Best Moment

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No More Drama

Edge of Your Seat Drama

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Q and A With Stacie

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Shining Just Where We Are

Time to Press Delete

Mary's Worst Moment

Be Careful Who You Trust

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Gracious Offerings from Burkina Faso

No Stones Left Unturned

The White House Cirque Begins

Miss Understood

There's Nothing Pretty About Being a Mean Girl

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"Some People are Not Destined to Be Friends"

Ask, and I May Tell!

I Live for "Today!"

High Heel Fatigue

The Many Faces of Mary

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Let's Hear it for the Boys

This Oasis is Not a Mirage

What is Salahi-ism?

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Time Is a Healer

Vineyard Vindication

Breaking the Man Rules

Who wants to Shoot Tareq?

Making Wine, Housewives Style

Reality Check

Grape Expectations

I Laughed, I Cried, I Cringed

'Tis Better to Give Love Than to Receive Meanness

Love, Communication, and Mutual Respect

Ebong Eka tells us why his relationship with Lynda is so strong. 


The men/househusbands finally have a chance to share their thoughts about the show. Don't get me wrong, I realize the men/househusbands haven't normally played a role on the reunion shows from other cities, but we appreciate this opportunity to contribute. On the other hand, this particular season has been an absolute anomaly filled with copious amounts of delusion from one of our cast members. I'm pretty sure many of you know who I'm referring to. We've all experienced some of their craziness and therefore have been directly affected in the process. So it's only fitting for the men/househusbands to respond to their nonsense in kind (well verbally of course).

I have to say that the Real Housewives of DC has been both an enlightening and interesting experience for obvious reasons. The experience was enlightening, because I learned so much about the world of reality television and nuances of producing a show. This experience was interesting, because the different personalities of the cast members led to internal conflicts during the show. 

There has been a tremendous outpouring of support towards Lynda and I from fans everywhere. We hope our lives and relationship have been positive experiences for everyone watching. As for marriage, we'll cross that bridge when we get to it ... privately. I think it's more important to continue to build a solid foundation and enjoy life together first. People who stop me in the street usually say the following: 

1. I love you and Lynda on the show. Your love for each other is inspiring/encouraging!

2. We love you guys because you keep it real!

We are happy and want to continue to stay true to ourselves, our family, our friends and those who watch the show. I'm sure I can speak for Lynda when I say, "We continue to remain humbled by this experience as it been truly surreal." With us, what you see is what you get!

As many of you know, Lynda and I are together and have been for over a year and a half. More importantly we have an amazingly loving relationship that's built on love, communication, and mutual respect. As a result of that foundation, we've never really noticed or even considered the various physical differences that many may immediately think of. We've never really thought about these differences because we believe, "Love is the Answer." Before filming for the season started, we always made sure we were on the same page. As a result we became a much stronger couple and a closer family as the season progressed. 

The Reunion Show

The Reunion Show was also an interesting experience, and I appreciated inclusion in the process. The men were in a separate green room where we watched part of the show. Like many of you, I was surprised at some of what was coming out of the show. More specifically, the delusional reality of the Salahis.

What people do on their own time is their own business, but when your behavior crosses the line, it becomes a much bigger problem. When your behavior becomes physical and threatening, it becomes an even bigger problem. As a CPA, I thoroughly understand bankruptcies and difficult economic times, but before the "Wine" incident with Lynda, I never had a direct problem with the Salahis. I'll explain the "wine" incident with Lynda in my next post -– so stay tuned. However, after the incident, I had a HUGE problem with Tareq Salahi. Tareq's actions were reprehensible, indicative of a pattern of poor behavior and disturbing lack of judgment. More importantly, his behavior violated Rich Amons' Man Rules. 

The Salahis believe that people will accept their delusional reality "Lock, Stock and Barrel" but in this case Salahi's barrel has no more wine and credibility is running on empty. 

About Me

As I mentioned earlier, I've received a strong out pouring of tweets and twitter followers interested in what I'm up to besides being in a relationship with Lynda. I am a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the state of Virginia and an entrepreneur. I continue to build Ericorp Consulting, Inc., which is a tax, accounting and consulting practice for individuals and small businesses. The goal is to encourage the growth of financial acuity and empowerment through blog posts, videos and financial insights at I am currently working on a project that would help empower people's financial toolkit and encourage money/financial awareness. So be sure to look for that! To satisfy my creative side, I also co-host an online lifestyle talk show in Washington, DC called The District Dish. 

When I'm asked, "Is it possible to use both the left and right sides of your brain?" I always answer, "Yes it is! I'm living proof." But more importantly, I'm happy, humble and thankful to have been part of this experience. Next week's episode will come to an explosive conclusion and a lot of previously unanswered questions will FINALLY be answered. 

Thanks again and please comment early and comment often! And follow me on twitter: @ebongeka

Readers, digital friends and fans, Are you Right or Left Brain and why? If you had both sides, how do you balance the internal "tug-o-war?" I'd love to get your thoughts!

Peace, love and happiness!



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!