Lost the Argument AND the War

Ann's Complaint About Nick's Camaro

From: 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, butin exchange, I asked my wife to get rid of her 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 of the 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 exnow 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

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