Monday, October 4, 2010

Men Are From Mars, Women Are From That Green Planet Just Past the Tiny Hot One. You Can't Miss It.

On Saturday, Scott and I went out on a spur-of-the-moment double date with our dear friends Mike and Molly.

(Sidenote:  This means Date Night Challenge:  A Spa Getaway has again been rescheduled to sometime next weekend, hopefully.  A real date always trumps Date Night Challenge, especially when it's with Mike and Molly).

Molly and I texted back and forth regarding the details.  We decided to go to dinner somewhere at Village Pointe, which is a quaint little outdoor shopping area in Omaha with lots of restaurants to pick from.  The plan was to meet at 7:30 in front of Scheel's, which is a flagship sporting goods store right in the center of the shopping area. 

Here's a map:


Yes, I drew it myself.  I think I missed my calling as an architect. 

Anyhoo, Scott and I parked behind Scheel's, which is designated as "STORE" in the map, in case you were having trouble.  Architecture is complicated stuff, so I don't blame you.  So we park back there and Scott asks me "Are we meeting them in the front or the back-front?" 

And I said "We're meeting them in the front."  And then I thought "What the heck is a back-front?", but since we were on a date I didn't make fun of him out loud.  You know, to save the romance.  

So we get to the back door and I start to walk inside and Scott says "Why are you going in?  Aren't we meeting them in the front?"  And I was all "This is the back."  And he was all "No, this is the front."  And I was all "You crazy." 

Then we walked through the store and came out the front door and out into the shopping center where we saw Mike and Molly and I am telling Scott, see here they are!  In the front!  And look at all these other stores!  This is a shopping center! These are all the fronts!  Don't you see?

And he agreed that all the other stores were fronts.  But he still insisted Scheel's was the back.  So I pointed at all the stores and said "What, does it go front front front back front front front?"  And he was all "Yes."

And then I started to wonder how I could be married to a person who doesn't know what's a back and what's a front.  I mean, come on! 

But then he said something about how we should have decided to meet on the "south" side, because that would have been more clear.

Hmm.  South.  You know, I have no idea where that is.  Opposite of North, which is....hmm.

Thank God we're married so we go most places together.  Otherwise we might never find each other again. 


Karen & Gerard Zemek said...

This is hilarious. Sounds like us! Yeah, "south" would be a big help--NOT! Thanks for the laugh this morning.

Agnes said...


And yes, there's definitely an architect trapped inside you somewhere :-)

Kmama said...

LOL! We have many of the same types of conversations.

Anonymous said...

You made me laugh out loud this morning! Too funny...mainly because every woman in the world has had a similar conversation with a man.

Katherine said...

We're the same way. Together, we can get most places mostly on time. Alone, we're a mess and will never be able to find anything.

And yes, you do have hidden architecture skills.

Helene said...

Seems I have had a similar conversation with my hubby...this must be a common debate among spouses!! Only mine wouldn't have been able to drop the topic until I finally said he was right, even if I didn't fully believe it!!

Anonymous said...

HAHA well it IS complicated!

My guess would be that the front is where the other shops are.

Jen said...

I agree, front and back is a lot less confusing than north and south.

wonderchris said...

North/South is difficult for me too - which lumps in East/West....Front is SOOOO much easier.

Your drawing should be hung on the ART wall. :)

Sadia said...

Wow! My husband navigates by cardinal directions too, but HE IS WILLING TO ASK DIRECTIONS. I kid you not. Except when he's deployed, because you don't want to admit that you don't know where you are in a war.

sara said...

We have that argument about 'leaving the house' I say if you go outside the physical house, like to get the mail, you've left the house. Husband says you have to actually leave the property, to go to the store or something, before you've left. Ahhh semantics, how you entertain me.

Liz said...

i'm pretty sure i would have called craig out if he made the back-front comment. :)

Anonymous said...

During that whole explination (explAnation? oh who cares) the entire time I was thinking, "Oh, they had a date night, WATCHING Mike & Molly". I clearly need to get out more.

Kristin.... said...

I nearly spit out my coffee! What a riot. And your drawing is classic.

MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

My paternal grandmother was from Kansas. That side of the family was all about turning "south", or referring to the "east" side of the building. The other side of the family is much more in the "back" / "front" camp, or - even better - "a ways down from that really big oak tree that got struck by lightning in the late '70's". I don't know if there's a midwestern versus southern component at play, but I think it's a wonder my parents ever "found" each other before the invention of cell phones. :)