The Devil in Mr. Rogers
I’ve written before about my wife’s style of argument, also known as Blitzkrieg. To sum up, my approach to disagreement resembles Mr. Rogers, only a much gentler, milder and more reasonable Mr. Rogers.
My wife, however, prefers the conversational stylings of the master vampire from Blade: Trinity. Only she’s not so calm.
In order to be fair and balanced, I’ll give you a list of my own faults now, and then in another post, I’ll write about the argument. I know you’ll all disagree with my list. “No, no,” you’ll think, “that can’t be true. Lefty is the model of perfection.” But it is true. I am not perfect.
Without further ado, here are ten of my faults (in no particular order):
- I am as insensitive as a stone. I am not aware of, nor do I anticipate, other people’s feelings very well.
- I am regular in and uncompromising about my personal routine. It drives some people in this house nuts.
- I sometimes snap quickly and say things in anger. Fortunately, my anger rarely lasts for long.
- I can be very, very lazy.
- I am much more sexually needy than my wife, and sometimes push her too hard.
- I enjoy argument for the sake of argument and will persist even if I am sensing that the other person is not enjoying the argument so much.
- I nitpick constantly. I do this with myself and others. It made my ex-wife batty. My wife hates it even more. I’m working on it.
- When I believe I am right, I can become extremely unyielding and self-righteous.
- I try too hard to be funny. It covers up my fear that people won’t like me.
- I put off doing some things that are important.
Yes, it’s true that I am not perfect, but the sun will come out tomorrow.