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Thoughts from the Lower 40: You Bet Your Wife
In Feb. 5 Issue
By Wade Daffron, Columnist

There are times when Wifey is very insightful and introspective.

But there are also times when she is, well, how can I say this nicely…there are times when she is not exactly "correct."

Let explain…

The other evening, we were engrossed in our latest obsession of watching "The Office," on the beloved Netflix.

A new character was introduced, and I immediately recognized him.

"Hey," I said, "That's the guy from 'The Hangover.' "

Wifey squinted at the TV, and shook her head.

"No it's not," she said.

"Yeah, I'm pretty sure it's him," I replied, "you know, the dentist, the one who loses a tooth."

"No, no, that's not him," she said.

I went on to explain that this character is part of the ensemble of actors who star in "The Office," and went a step further to prove my theory by saying he was also a musician who plays the banjo.

Then, much to my disbelief (and pure, unadulterated joy), this character mentioned something about playing the banjo-which made me jump up and do the "IN YO FACE!!!" dance.

"That's not him," Wifey said. "The person you are thinking of in 'The Hangover' had a more angular face."

"Why will you just not admit that person is who I say it is?" I asked.

"Because you are wrong," she said.

"Would you care to bet?" I asked.

"Sure," she said.

"OK, then," I chirped.  "Twenty bucks says I'm right…which I am."

"Fine," Wifey said, folding her arms across her chest (which I took as a sign of defeat).

"By the way," I asked, "do you get paid this week?  

Ice, ice, baby…

"Well, I'm gonna go pee," I said. (TRANSLATION: I need to go quickly "google" something to see if I'm right or not.)

A few minutes later, I re-entered the room.

"Did we say $20 or $40?" I asked Wifey.

"You didn't go look that up, did you?" she retorted. "Because we didn't actually bet on it. I mean, that's a really stupid thing to bet on."

"You just don't want to admit you're wrong," I argued.

"I'm not admitting it because I'm not wrong!" she said in a slightly-raised voice.

"OK, which is it?" I asked.  "You're not wrong, or you're not admitting you're wrong?"

"I'm not answering that," she said, with her arms even more-tightly folded across her chest.

Even I know when to back off.

Wishing to sleep in a warm bed-hopefully not along-I shrugged and we went back to watching our show.

But my mind began drifting…

I was thinking, (and this is a fairly conservative amount), if Wifey paid me in full for every bet she has lost since we've been together, she would owe me roughly $14,611.

I also wondered why I didn't "enforce" the rules of betting or consider a "trade-out," (ahem…).

It's not always about money.

Sometimes it's about "agreeing to disagree," acknowledging (and appreciating) differences people may have, etc.

Besides, there are times when I really need my wife's help (hard for a guy to do), and I told her that.

"Honey," I said, "I do need your help sometimes."

"Really?" she said, excitedly.

"Sure!" I said, pulling her close.

"I need you to help me figure out how I'm going to spend that $20 you owe me."

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