Decoding Men's Oddball Love Signals
His gifts are terrible. He talks when you want him to listen. His idea of a date is take-out pizza on the couch. Is this your guy's notion of affection and romance? Well, actually, yes.
What, This Isn't a Date?
So now you know why your man gives such bad gifts. But why does
he plan such horrible dates? Or, more to the point, why do his dates always
involve Domino's pizza and Kickboxer 3 on pay-per-view?
"Look, I've interviewed hundreds of men for my books," Schwartz says, "and
they're all extremely clear on this point: Guys just want to connect with their
woman doing something that they love. It's basically an organic process for
them. It's like, What would I enjoy? Oh, Thai food sounds great! And what
about a movie and some beer? Wow, perfect evening! And who can I share this
perfect evening with? My lady, of course! Your guy knows what he likes, and
if he can experience those things with the woman he loves, he's happy." So you
see, we're lazy... because we love you!
Take the tale of Brian and Sarah, and the spring, seven years ago, when she
moved in. "I've always been a bit of a homebody," Brian says. "So I was
skittish about letting her know that, for me, a good time often meant staying
in and watching sports. I loved her enough, though, to want to share my great
passion with her. Besides, one of the things I like about sports on TV is that
it lets you carry on a conversation — you could even call it couples therapy."
Today, they're happily married with a 2-year-old son, and Sarah loves baseball
— and the Yankees — every bit as much as Brian does. Which is either a
testament to the power of manly love or a classic example of Stockholm
And while we're on the subject of dates, let me put this plainly: Your man
might moan, might whine, might flee to the restroom 14 times — but the mere
fact that he agrees to go with you to any type of chick flick should
always be seen as the gargantuan male sacrifice that it is.
"Believe me," says Rob, "any man who's willing to do this is merely doing it
to show his woman how much he loves her. And if he is willing to do this for
you, rest assured, he must really, really love you."
"I grew up with three sisters, so I enjoy doing things with my wife that other
husbands might not — like talking about how we want to furnish our house. But
as for movie night, I'd much rather see Transformers or Star Trek
than some romantic comedy." —George Lee, 37 Dallas