The Marriage Enigma

“Getting married for sex is like buying a 747 for the free peanuts”
-Jeff Foxworthy

“My wife and I were happy for twenty years. Then we met.”
-Rodney Dangerfield

“I have learned that only two things are necessary to keep one’s wife happy. First, let her think she’s having her own way. And second, let her have it.” -Lyndon B. Johnson 

 “There’s a way of transferring funds that is even faster than electronic banking. It’s called marriage.” -James Holt McGavran

“Why does a woman work ten years to change a man’s habits and then complain that he’s not the man she married?” -Barbra Streisand

I got the pic from a friend’s email the other day.  It gave me an idea why the divorce rate in North America is so high.  Emotional issues aside,  harmony in marriage seems to work if one party concedes to be the assistant manager of the household 🙂 After all, a family is an organizational unit  and needs a manager or a leader to function effectively doesn’t it?  Conjugal dictatorship is a chaotic proposition and never seems to work 😯 Who do think should be the manager of the household?

Hmmm…. best of luck actor Michael Douglas forked out some $50M in a divorce settlement so he could marry Catherine Zeta Jones.  He sure looked like he spent some 747 money in pursuit of the golden peanuts 🙂

So what do you say folks ?     



50 Responses

  1. Haha, that was so witty! 🙂

    I thoroughly agree with your description of a family as an organizational unit. But as to who should be the manager…that may not be so easy to decide.

    Incidentally, here in Japan, we are required to register at the local city office. Among the things that we need to register is who will be the “householder” for the family. In most Japanese families, this is usually the man of the house. So I guess that pretty much defines who’s the manager, eh? 🙂

  2. That’s so cool BW!

    Kami, we share management of the household. But in case of conflict, siempre, ako masusunod… hahaha! 🙂

    But seriously, I don’t know with the North Americans… but from the movies and sitcoms, it seems that there is a lack of maturity and giving and sharing and responsibility in relationships.

  3. Hahaha That was so funny but true in some marriages. That’s how life is. I agree that a household is an organizational unit but I guess like in companies, responsibilities could be shared too. One spouse could be the functional manager in charge of household operations while one spouse could be the administrative manager, one who oversees the household’s finances and civic obligations such as taxes. 🙂

  4. lols. can’t stop laughing when i read it from the bottom up.

    seriously however, (absolute) divorce is legal in US but not allowed here, so in lieu of divorce, what is rampant here in the Philippines are broken marriages and separations.

  5. As someone who’s been through hell, I mean… marriage, I can tell you that it’s always the money, or the lack of it, that causes the downfall of a union. Followed by distrust and lack of respect for a spouse. And finally, yes I agree with Toe… Immaturity.

    Hahahaha! I luv that, err… poster? 😀

  6. That is a funny poster.

    I wish I can be boss all the time. …it doesnt work that way though.

    It should be a two-way street and when all else fails..just say “yes dear!” lol

  7. Marriage is 1% love and 99% perspiration…

  8. Now that’s pretty discouraging for a single girl. I’ll not get married anymore haha 🙂

  9. If I get married, I want to be the manager – someone who delegates work effectively. Nyahaha!

  10. hilarious poster! makes me wana collect and collect but not select. hahahaha.

  11. LOL! that was amusing but true! LOL! and i couldnt agree more with this:
    ”There’s a way of transferring funds that is even faster than electronic banking. It’s called marriage.” -James Holt McGavran – LOL!
    just blog hopin by the way, landed here from ate Thess’s site.. (“,)

  12. I might like the peanuts bro… 🙂

    Kidding aside—i think marriage is about understanding that the most important thing is respect to appertain between the couple. Love or that ‘feeling of love’ is surely one very fleeting thing.

  13. $50M is nothing. I think Michael Jordan had to pay more than $150 million to finalize his divorce.,2933,266343,00.html

    I don’t know. it seems like people end up miserable when they get married. Ok, not all, but a lot of them.

  14. basta masaya married life ko.

    hahaha! that’s the spirit 🙂

  15. Kathy – the question ” who is the head of the family” is an unbelievably quite difficult to precisely define in this day and age 😦

    I guess in Japan which is still very much a male dominated society the de facto head is the husband 🙂 But you know what – if someone assumes the role of head of the family he/she better be qualified to provide, defend, support and encourage everyone in the family unit and it is a tough job 😯

  16. Toe -Lucky you hehehe 🙂 Maturity is one reason but methinks extreme selfishness ranks high in the list too 🙂

  17. Panaderos – I like the way you put it, that it is true in “some” marriages 🙂 Shared responsibilities are definitely ok but who gets the title of the CEO and has the last say ? hehe 🙂

  18. Lawstude – funny how the cartoon can be so true in many marriages 🙂 Pinas hasn’t passed a divorce law because the Catholic church rejects it and woe to the politican who attempts to pass the divorce bill – he might not make if he intends to run for re-election 🙂

  19. Snglguy – I know what you mean – those reasons are high in the list in the Pinas scenario.

    There are those who marry and if their expectations aren’t met, they want out 😦 The poster does tell the truth to some extent hehe 😉

  20. Leah – I guess many spouses relish the idea of being the boss once in a while hehe 🙂 THat kind of gives you the feeling that somehow you got a say in things 😉 Management by taking turns can sometimes work 🙂

  21. Irrealis – ohoh.. don’t get discouraged now. There’s lots of good men out there hehe 🙂

  22. Abaniko – good for you but just make sure you are a great motivator and very generous manager so you won’t get a resignation letter hahaha 🙂

  23. Barrycade – you know what, that’s precisely what many young folks think tehse days, that marriage is a relationship that cramps people up so they don’t want to get into a relationship. In Pinas our choices are quite straightforward – go to school, get a degree, marry and raise kids. Here they have so many options so things get very complicated 😯

  24. Queenz – it’s a joke but there’s a grain of truth in it don’t you think ? 😉 Yes, definetely – marriage is one sure fire way of acquiring weatlh hehe 🙂 Thanks for dropping by and nice to meet a city mate 🙂

  25. Major Tom – some people would pay top bucks for the golden peanuts for sure hehe 🙂

    I agree – if the relationship is golden, marriage is the best thing that could happen to a person 🙂

  26. Wil – now that’s really serious 747 money ! Micheal Douglas case was kind of famous because he married another high profile celeb 🙂

    Since marriage involves cooperation and compromise from two people there’s no guarantee that it will work all the time, quite unfortunately 😦

  27. Sidney – well said 🙂 You mean perspiration as in labor of love ? hehe 🙂

  28. Tin – I like your very spirited optimism hehe 🙂 Perhaps you’re someone who always gets along well with anyone and that’s very cool 😎

  29. all i can say is that ex-wives end up very rich! 😀

  30. Mari – and that’s precisely why mostly Pinoy lawmakers who are mostly male aren’t too enthusiastic about having a divorce law in Pinas 🙂 Separation support payments in Pinas if any are done in a very informal manner much like how we treat driving rules 🙂

  31. hahah, mamatay ako sa kakatawa when i red it the other way. and speaking of divorce, i wouldn’t wonder why the rates are going high. it’s cause people are getting into marriage for the wrong reason 😉

  32. similar to the word ASAWA

    ASAWA: first time/newly-wed
    SAWA : Later
    AWA : A little bit later
    WA : after a little bit later
    A : Almost finally
    : and FINALLY

  33. Nell – my boss also cracked up when I passed him the email hehe. I actually added the quotes 🙂

    You are absolutely right – many people marry for the wrong reasons. Nowadays at least there’s the pre nuptial agreement that protects the fianancial interests of both parties, otherwise many people are scared to get married fearing a divorce would make them penniless 😯

  34. Myepinoy – I think that the word asawa connotes “sawa” meaning monotony hehe 🙂 Therefore the word asawa in itself is kind of ironic, sort of reflecting the irony of marriage 🙂

  35. That was a great before-and-after-marriage text ha (LOL)

    Well, truth be told, marriage can be…tiring. Especially if one is in a bicultural marriage (LOL).

    However, if both parties know their proper roles, martial challenges can be hurdled, albeit with lots of prayers and, as Sidney mentioned here, “perspiration” (LOL…that was funny).


    Hmmm…50 million dollars. Catherine Zeta Jones must be really worth it.

  36. Jayred – I think you picked the right word describing marriage – tiring 🙂 I’d also say its bittersweet 🙂

    On one hand, I can appreciate someone paying out $50M just to have his peace and happiness. Man, if I was to pay that kind of money, it means that I was living in HELL.. LOL 🙂

  37. bw – you’re very right about that. oh well.

  38. Mari – having said so, I also know of wealthy people in Pinas who privately take their separation case to court and demand alimony to the letter and succeed in doing so. In short, they have the money and power to be taken seriously by the courts 😦

  39. the one who wrote that is very witty. 🙂

    marriage for me should not happen in the first place if the reason basically is just sex. that one from myepinoy is very apt.

  40. Bing – you got it 🙂 Many people realize that marriage means a lot when they get much older. I see couples who have been married for 50 years and they don’t do sex anymore but the presence of one to the other is what counts 🙂

  41. Nowadays when both the husband and wife work, household management should be a concerted effort with some help from the kids 🙂

  42. Fantastic blog you have here. I blogrolled you, hope it’s just ok.

  43. Eric – very true indeed. It’s stressful for the couple to manage the house if they’re working. Household help is a big bonus for those in Pinas where help is easy and cheap to find 🙂

  44. Ewok – thanks very much – it’s my pleasure. Please give me your link so I can blogroll you to 🙂

  45. lol…that’s one funny but true facts of life. 🙂

  46. I remember that one (that was texted to me by a friend)quite funny and its true ha. Oy si Pareng Michael D. grabe ha but worth ng $57 M si Cathy Jones. kaya siguro ganito ang nangyayari sa mga married couple kasi they dont respect the vows that binds them during marriage. It was a lifetime commitment wag ka ng mangatwiran. Sabi nga nila Marriage and Jail are both institution w/c are defficult to escape.

  47. Ipanema – based on experience ba? hahaha 🙂 I also agree with you 🙂

  48. Ysrael – $57M is certainly an eye popper but Michael D could afford a special ticket to heaven 🙂

    Frankly, I don’t think divorce is a disrespect or a breach of the sanctity of marriage. In fact divorce is contracted because both parties can no longer uphold and maintain its sanctity. .Marriage has to be an enjoyable and loving experience and if it turns out to be miserable, there’s is no sense in prolonging a relationship for the sake of adherence to a law. Christianity has differing opinions on this. Evangelical Christianity allows it – reasons : extreme adultery and extreme physical abuse while the Catholic church unequivocally bans divorce.

  49. Napanood o nabasa mo na ba yung “THE JOYLUCK CLUB” ? Meron dun mag asawa lahat ng bagay hati sila hanggang pati ice cream pinagawayan nila kung sinong magbabayad. hehe

  50. Mon – ugh, now that’s pretty pathetic don’t you think ? Sobrang kakuriputan na yan 😯

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