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Comment from: Shanks [Member] Email
Whew, you opened a serious can of worms with this story! I know it's easy to criticize when not emotionally involved but I've got a few ideas on this subject. Basically, you've got to sack up and straighten her out. You were ambushed with that social event. What, no cell phone? How about if you did that to her after she'd put in a long day doing whatever it is she does? In other words, yes, you should've stayed home and dealt with the fallout. A man's got to pick his spots to stand his ground and this was definitely one of them.
2007-07-31 @ 09:16
Comment from: 2under [Visitor] Email
I would take a little different tack than Shanks did. Why create conflict with the wife? That almost always comes back to bite you, even if you are in the right.

Sounds like you got played, playa'!!

You served as a taxi service and babysitter all in one! Kids got a meal at the restaurant, so your wife didn't need to cook while she socialized, and you took care of being the "hammer" to keep them in line. You were the designated driver while they enjoyed margaritas. How convenient!! By the way, did you end up picking up the tab?

All the while, she built up "guilt points" because you weren't "sociable". So not only did you do something you didn't want to do, but she built up an amass of points so you will be indebted to her to do other things you don't want to do!! It's a vicious cycle...

Next time, fight a little fire with fire...."Hey hon, why don't you ladies go ahead and enjoy dinner. I'll stay here and watch the kids. You don't get alot of social time with your girlfriends, especially without the kids. And besides, I'd just be a third wheel. I'll even make some Mac and Cheese for 'em."

It is known as the Jedi mind trick. If this type of conversation sounds familiar, it's because it is used against you many times, by the female of the species. It is a cunning way of achieving your goals while making it sound as though you are doing THEM a favor. It's a little known fact, sonny Jim, that it is a part of the genetic makeup of every woman.

Good luck, TR.
2007-08-08 @ 07:37
Comment from: CB MAXWELL [Member] Email
Count me in with the last comment. No way you go. Thanks honey, but let me just stay home and chill and watch the kids. You go have fun.
What man/husband wants to go to dinner with margarita tipping women anyway?

You have been "domesticated" my friend and need to find your inner Alpha Dog and let your wife know your limits...like advance notice on social engagments...not "oh, my, we were waiting for you."
2007-09-04 @ 18:59

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