The Lowest Difficult Setting There Is

We flew down to Texas this past weekend for a wedding.  We got to the airport early enough for lunch before we flew out.  no-angel was sitting in a highchair at the end of the table, my wife and I on either side, while we waited on our food.  At one point, she reached to her left and squeezed my wife’s arm, then reached to the right and squeezed my arm.  That’s a baby who appreciates being raised in a stable two-parent home!  Even a little baby with a brain a third the size of that of an adult (it’s science) knows the value of a two-parent home.  That is the sort of thing you have to miseducate out of a person.

Some people have been known to claim that being a straight white male is living life on the lowest difficulty setting there is.  It just ain’t so.  While I can see why you might think that if you are a straight white male mediocrity who has had anomalous success, an anecdote does not empirical findings make.  Other things matter more.

Her grandpa says she looks like either Albert Einstein or Ray Wylie Hubbard here

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Love Means Always Having To Say You’re Sorry

Now that I’ve been married for five full years I am qualified to lecture everyone else on the topic.  Let me start with a quote that really sums up what it’s all about.

No, let me start with a story about the quote.  It is a quote from a movie that I have never seen.  What I have seen is the episode of VH1’s I Love the 70’s devoted to 1970.  What is it that makes us enjoy looking back nostalgically, even to things we don’t personally remember?  (Related: every time I walk into a college bar they seem to be playing music from when I was in high school or college.)

The one thing that stuck out to me from original episode way back in 2003 was this quote from the movie Love Story:

“Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”

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