There seems to be quite a few programmes on the satellite channels these days about Hoarders.
Hoarders, for those of you who live sheltered lives are those people who have an inability to throw anything away. And I mean anything. More often than not these people live in their homes which are piled high to the ceiling with anything from old newspapers and clothes down to and including human waste. If you can see a square inch of floor space anywhere in the house then these people can show you a thing or two.
I like to let Herself watch these programmes as immediately after, she goes into a cleaning frenzy.
They also make me feel a little better about the state of my "office".
However there is one thing that struck me about these programmes.
Depending on the channel you watch, they can either be British or American.
The Brits tend to be forced into a clearout due to pressure from their families, or from neighbours who are complaining about the smell or vermin.
The Americans though are a different kettle of crustaceans.
They seem to live in fear of "The City", "The Authorities" or "Adult Protective Services".
What the fuck is that all about?
Can "The City" [what ever that is] really dictate how clean your house is? Do "The Authorities" really have the power to turf you out of your own home and demolish it? And what the fuck is "Adult Protective Services"? Child Protection is supposed to protect the little brats from adults, so who does Adult Protection protect against? Adults? Are they trying to protect you from yourself?
I like to keep the place here reasonably clean simply so I can move around the place. If I decide to fill the house with junk, rubbish, stuff and shit then that's between Herself and myself. "The City", "The Authorities" and everyone else can fuck off as they have no right whatsoever to tell me how to run my own home.
How do Americans put up with this authoritarian crap?
I thought America was the Land of the Free?