How to Relate to Someone Whose Experience Contradicts Yours

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Reader Comments (15)

So Jenkins is quite the lady killer, eh? What are his methods?

Also, I'd clarify that I'm speaking metaphorically. Normally, I wouldn't make the distinction, but this is Jenkins we're talking about.

June 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew

@Matthew "So Jenkins is quite the lady killer, eh? What are his methods?"

Being parasitistic enough as to refusing to be alone but unstable enough as to destroy every relationship he is in?

Convincing a person to be with you is way easier than convicing a person to stick with you, otherwise serial killing would be way harder.

June 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAl

3 marriages implies 3 courtships, implies multiple dates for Jenkins. Wait--did he marry the same woman 3 times? (There *is* precedent, and no, it's not me.)

June 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDaveBro

I'm racking my brain for the ways in which Jenkins could convince three different persons to marry him.
He must have one hell of a pickup line. Something in the neighborhood of, "Say, does this rag smell like chloroform to you?"

June 9, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

"Wait--did he marry the same woman 3 times?"

Not unless she had a new set of parents each time.

June 9, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterwintermute

"3 marriages implies 3 courtships"

Or 3 trips to Las Vegas.

June 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDave H

I treat respect like heroin. First hit is free, then you gotta pay for it.

June 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKimo

"You have to earn respect"
"or you can just trade it straight across"

Belongs on posters in every school (and church, and bus, and subway, and street corner, and shopping mall...)

June 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

I love the last line. Perfect.

June 9, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersmp55

The women must marry Jenkins assuming he's a "fixer-upper" only to divorce him once they realize he's built on a disturbed, Indian burial ground (Indian immigrants are buried there) made with all the wrong materials and a termite problem that somehow weakened the foundation.

June 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKG

"You'd think they'd be grateful"

- that was awesome.

June 9, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbonhomous

My mother loved her in-laws, who treated her like family right from the start.
My father, my brother, and I were spared the expirience of having to deal with my mother's family because they disowned her (for marrying a man who wasn't rich)
The only contact I ever got from most of them was through their lawyers when my maternal grandmother was dying; informing me that even if I was in her will, I wouldn't be entitled to any money or anything. I didn't mind as long as I would never have to deal with any of their clients again.
When the will was read, it turned out she had changed it on one of her lucid days to leave everything to the one nice orderly in the nursing home who always visited and treated her kindly. Since he hadn't known she had money (some of it stolen from her children) it was just because he was a decent guy.
I'm still laughing.

June 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDee

OH my lord, I just met a guy who physically and personally matches Jenkins except there's more gray in the beard and hair - what a complainer and total contrarian - I thought you made this character up - why hasn't ANYBODY harpooned and gutted this insane land cetacean?

June 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKevin Kunreuther

Must have been mailorder wifes!

Don't know why he visited their parents though...

June 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeter Andersson

"It's also possible to trade it straight across."

YES! You're brilliant. But you probably already know that.

June 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLEH

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