Yeah, I like Bruce. Do you wanna make something of it? Well do ya?
No, Hubby can go toe-to-toe with me. I wouldn't have been attracted to him in the first place if he wasn't tough. I've a right bloody temper and I needed a man that wouldn't back down in a fight.
What hubby didn't understand was that for many Irish people, a good fight is in reality, a mating ritual. And if done properly, should always end in a good shag.
Further, there are certain "rules of engagement" that he was simply unaware of. Certain "mechanics" were involved in having a successful argument and he had no feckin' clue what those were. He'd start out just fine, with us yelling at each other and both of us working up a good head of steam. It was after the initial yelling began, that he made his most grevious errors.
For instance, he had no idea what the proper response was when I stormed off and began slamming doors and cursing under my breath. The man actually thought that meant he should try to calm me down. Wrong.
This was his cue to go to his local and STAY THERE for a few hours. This would give me time to yell myself out and, depending on how badly he'd screwed up in the first place,
to break some dishes. And it was this single error that always led me to do the most dreadful thing that an Irishwoman can do to a man....
Go silent. Now this is a tricky one to deal with. Why even the most skilled of all Irishman have difficulty knowing how to maneuver around this one. For reasons, I could never understand, Hubby thought my silence meant that I wanted to talk about my feelings. Wrong. He'd actually come at me head on with this insane idea. I remember thinking to myself "Did he get this crazy idea from watching American romance movies?" or "Did his mother teach him this shite?" Some of you men out there are thinking to yourselves "I like it when she goes silent. I get some peace finally." Well you're lying to yourselves and ya know it. None of you can stand it, not for long and not for as long as an Irishwoman is willing to do it. Just ask Hubby, he'll tell ya.
And since we're on the topic of cultures anyway, there's something I'd like to say to some wargamers that I follow whose native tongue is not English. I have installed a translator on my page to help us better communicate with one another. You will find it at the top of my page on the right. This, Sam, is my way of saying "Thank You"