I Use Probability to Solve A Marital Mystery

Once again, I discovered my gym bag in the closet upside-down, and I was not the one who did this-- because I never put my gym-bag away, nor do I ever zip it shut-- but my wife often throws it into the closet and if it lands upside-down, then my gym equipment falls out of the bag:  my goggles and socks and deodorant, etc.-- and though I noted this with frustration for years, it finally dawned on me . . . perhaps my wife was throwing the gym bag into the closet upside-down because she hated the fact that I always left it out, unzipped, with it's bowels exposed . . . because if she was just tossing it into the closet without any passive-aggressive anger, then 50% of the time it would land right-side up and 50% of the time it would land upside-down, but the gym bag ALWAYS seemed to land upside-down and, as I said, this had been happening for years so I had a decent sample size to evaluate, so I approached my wife about this and after a moment of denial she admitted that perhaps it did end up upside-down more than probability might dictate and that perhaps she was angry about my habit of leaving it out all the time, and so I told her I would try to put it away, and she promised not to throw it into the closet upside-down and the moral is: the key to a good marriage is clear communication and a grasp of basic probability.

5 comments:

Lecky said...

if I want relationship advice I'll watch "The View", from SOD I expect bad music, musings on esoteric literature, and rants on how much you hate TV mixed in with all of your TV show reviews

Igor said...

Early front runner for SOD comment of the year. Nice, Leck.

Dave -- Catherine indicated that she was really upset with you because you only wear your goggles at the gym and not during "business time."

zman said...

Dave is immune to operant conditioning.

Dave said...

i need to keep a file of great comments so i can have a comment of the year . . .

funny, i never saw the irony between the hating tv and the tv reviews-- i guess my brain shielded me from that.

Liz said...

I like that your "clear communication" took several years to sink in.

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