Ha! Lee, you make a really good point at the end. The obsession with a house and a car is something I really can't get my head around.
Also, Ami... you know I like you but most of us already read Chinasmack
Propose the marriage is one of the male guts test. Plus, If the woman rejects the man, nothing happen, we are used to, is the life. But if the man rejects the woman, bufff!!!! is the end of the world, they are not used to hear -No- or be rejected.