The Corvette vs. The Closet
Ann's Complaint About Nick's CamaroFrom: Tim Blaser
Dear Click and Clack:
Your caller, Ann, complained that her husband, Nick, hogged up an entire HALF of their garage with his sometime-to-be-restored old Camaro.
It reminded me of my marriage. When I was faced with the same complaint, I simply appealed to my wife's sense of fair play. I agreed to get rid of my 1971 Corvette, but in exchange, I asked my wife to get rid ofher hundreds of out-of-style dresses, thousands of too-small pants and blouses, and millions of slightly scuffed shoes that filled roughly 97% of the closet space in our house. Needless to say, my argument, while logical, was a complete non-starter. Sure, she got rid of some of the old clothes. But that only gave her room to buy more new stuff. (The fact that I reminded her that some ofthe old stuff was too small may have been a mistake, too.)
Well, at least I still have my beloved Corvette. And I finally got it running again. Of course, that's because I couldn't afford my other car once the terms of the divorce settlement were handed down. My car and I now live very snuggly together in an apartment that makes my old one-half of the garage look like the Taj Mahal. And my ex now has 3% more closet space to fill.
My advice to Nick: Sometimes discretion really is the better part of valor.
Lost the Argument, AND the War