News of the Weird
On Jan. 31, several hundred Japanese husbands recognized the second annual Beloved Wives Day to upgrade Japanese men's notorious, deeply ingrained indifference to their spouses. Among the husbands' vows: be home from work by the unusually early hour of 8 p.m.; actually look into the missus's eyes and say "thank you"; and try to remember to call her by her name (instead of, as many apparently do in substitution, grunting at her). (Divorce in Japan remains relatively rare, but marital estrangement has been rapidly increasing in recent years.) [Taipei Times-AP, 2-1-07]
The pressure is just to great to keep this going 24/7 though. I think I'm going to see if MM will cut me some slack and come to a compromise. I'll show her deference for 6 days out of each week; then on one day I get to grunt at her all I want. I'll let you know how that works out for me.