A suggestion from his wife, Linda, spawned the idea for Jim Becker’s garage man cave. Needing more room to store his Ford tractor, Bobcat, zero-turn lawn mowers and Linda’s eight to 10 horses, Jim was just going to build on to the building next to the couple’s Kenosha County home.
“Actually, I was going to put an addition on the barn to store my equipment in,” he said. “When I found out how much the addition cost, my wife said, ‘Why don’t you just put in another garage for yourself?’ I said, ‘That’s a good idea.'”
And that’s how Becker’s two-car garage man cave came into being. He built it three years ago after retiring from a more-than-40-year career in the electrical business. The heated garage has evolved into a popular year-round gathering spot for Jim and his friends and family.
“Rather than sit out at a tavern someplace, they stop here for a beer. It’s a place to hang out,” Becker said. “Sometimes it’s (for) an hour, sometimes it’s all day. It’s usually (just) me. I put a sign over there in the window that says, ‘Open,’ and when I turn the sign on then the guys know I’m here. It’s kind of a signal.”
Whether it’s watching sporting events with his buddies or entertaining his nine grandchildren ages 5-13, Becker’s man cave offers something for everyone.
It contains the basics — table with stools, recliners, refrigerator, popcorn machine, flatscreen TV, workbench and tools. But it also features a jukebox that plays more than 1,500 songs, a pinball machine, a stop-and-go light, two reproduction Texaco gas pumps and a Cruisin’ World racing video game that his grandchildren love.
And along with all the old license plates, neon signs and movie, television and music memorabilia that he’s discovered at flea markets and garage sales over the years, Becker’s man cave also includes a disco ball, fog-making machine and system to put on a laser light show.
“I put the (disco ball) in there actually for my grandkids because they go crazy with their songs. They all go nuts with it,” Becker, 65, said, noting that his granddaughters especially like to dance.
A big Neil Diamond fan, Becker has several albums of his favorite singer. He also has a picture of a 1965 Chevelle that looks identical to the car he bought right after graduating from St. Joseph High School in 1965.
Becker does his major work projects in the barn next to his house, but washes, waxes and stores his two cars — a 2005 Cadillac STS and 2002 Pontiac Thunderbird — in the man cave.
So what is his favorite memento inside it?”Each thing means something, but you’d have to live it to know it,” he said. “It’s just a past experience.”
Plus, given all his free time now in retirement, Becker’s man cave provides a convenient place to stay out of his wife’s way.”I can be at home and we don’t have to be in each other’s hair,” he said. “That’s a good thing.”
“We make our decision in order to protect the public by giving a strong message to Chinese medical practitioners of the consequences of types of practices Mr Ghaffurian undertook,” senior member Ian Proctor said. Mr Ghaffurian was reported to authorities in 2010 by a patient with sarcoidosis – nodules in body tissue.
She told VCAT he treated her with dimethyl sulfoxide, light therapy and Chinese herbal medicine, containing mystery ingredients. He also used a scientifically unproven BICOM Machine, to treat metal toxicity.
In her last consultation he suggested six injections of animal stem cells, at a cost of $6000. He also told her that he was a Western medical practitioner and surgeon – a claim he later denied. Mr Ghaffurian also rejected allegations that he offered animal stem cell therapy and gave light therapy.
VCAT ruled he had engaged in professional and unprofessional misconduct, including providing excessive, unnecessary, incompetent or clinically unjustified treatment, made misleading claims about treatment and failed to inform the patient that the treatments had scant credible scientific basis.