My dear friends Mark and Karen are a wonderful couple. I knew Mark before he married Karen and he
was always a “Man’s Man.” It wasn’t
unusual to see Mark, cigar in hand, cruising the golf course and using his
lawyer skills to negotiate and solve the world’s problems between holes. It didn’t take long for things to change
after the honeymoon was over and Karen moved in. They were subtle at first; one by one, the
bureau drawers were emptied of man-clothes and replaced with frills, lace,
silk, and satin. More and more of Mark’s
precious furnishings and home d?cor were re-appointed to the basement. We watched, smiling, as Karen’s feminine
wilds slowly crept over and engulfed Mark’s Man-castle like the dark shadows of
a waning moon. Mark sat, wide-eyed, in
corner of his basement, in front of the wall mural of the 13th green
at Augusta, with a beer in one hand and his law-school diploma in the other, weeping and wondering, “How?”
The notion of “space sharing” among couples is best negotiated in neutral
properties, I would imagine. I found
myself thinking about Mark’s situation once last summer when I had to travel to
the same place about 6 times in a row.
After the third time, I finally asked the hotel desk manager if it was
OK to leave my clothes there. “Why not,”
I thought, “I’ll be back in four days anyway.”
The hotel manager said, “Sure, would you like them laundered as
well?” Perfect! Now I’m saving on the cost of checking a bag,
I’ll have clean clothes waiting for me when I get back there, and they even
offered to have them hung in the closet for me!
Now, I’m not advocating the eventual “take over” of the property, but it
is nice to know that lots of hotels offer this service. I know another traveler who routinely moves
around from Houston, to San Antonio, to Austin in a regular looping cycle. Why not leave a couple of changes of clothing
in each place? Every time you make the
loop, you’ll have one less bag to deal with, right? The only thing I would caution you about is
being careful not to get too comfortable.
Eventually, you’ll have to bring all your stuff back home, so you don’t
want to leave so much stuff in your “remote place” that it becomes difficult to
bring it back.
I have to laugh; Mark has a gorgeous wife and two lovely daughters now
and I’d wager that he’ll have a female dog or cat soon to boot. Legal “meetings” on the golf course have
given way to basement tea parties, princesses, and ponies. Knowing Mark though, I’m sure that as he
clings like a rabid pit bull to the last shreds of his manhood, he’s probably
got a drawer or two left in the house, somewhere… 😉
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