Friday, June 20, 2008

Surfin' USA

What’s more than a little unusual about Mr. Rosenthal is that most men are thrilled by the birth of their first child. They feel all cozy and loving and come home bearing flowers for their wives. There’s usually a lot of recognition that labor really is laborious. It’s weird that he took absolutely no time to appreciate his wife and newborn and bask in the family warmth.
It’s hard to say who is worse- him or the guy in my neighborhood who had an affair with the underage Swedish au pair and moved to Costa Rica with her to perfect his surfing. He preferred to hang ten rather than hang out with his pregnant wife and six year old twins. The au pair’s parents eventually demanded that she return home and we hear tell that five years later he’s broken-hearted and surfing solo. His wife remarried. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

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