Chapter 9

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Here's another difference between socially-motivated people and optimization-oriented people:

My golf pal is more energetic than I am, and as we walk from ball to ball she usually walks in front of me. A socially-motivated man would never let that happen; he'd never walk behind a woman.

For me, all I know is that being back there lets me watch her fanny jiggling as she walks, and that is one of the things that makes this a beautiful life.


Come to think of it, I remember that whenever I went anwhere with my ex, she would always stay a half-step ahead of me. No matter how slowly we walked, or how fast we walked, she was damn well going to be one half step ahead of me.

That was one of the first indications that I had married an uncooperative person.