Ettie Newlands

These 54 years later, I still haven’t figured out the mind of a man – at least my man’s mind in particular.

This is the conversation we had:

Me: The oven is broken. I have to set it 50 degrees higher than I need it to get it to the right temperature.

Him: Obviously it’s the heating element.

Me: Yup, broken.

Him: I’ll look at it, it might just have dirt on it.

Me: Dirt on the heating element wouldn’t make it off by 50 degrees. If it did, everyone’s oven would be off by 50 degrees.

Him: There might even be a short. I’ll look at it.

Me: I don’t know what looking at it is going to do, you’re not an electrician.

Him: It could be anything, I’ll check.

Me: What do you have to check, the oven is broken and you don’t know how to fix it.

Him: Worst comes to worst, a repairman can.

Me: That would cost as much as a new oven. It’s old. It’s broken. It can’t be fixed.

Him: I think it can be fixed.

Me: I want a new stove.

Him: Why didn’t you just say so?

Apparently, he hasn’t figured out the female mind either.


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