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Friday Funnies: Spousonomics

One good side effect of the Great Recession is that it's given me a little more time to watch stupid cable news interviews. Lately, I keep running into interviews with Spousonomics co-author Jenny Anderson, who thinks we should treat our marriages more like a business.

As if daily life isn't stressful enough right now, we should be ready to whip out John Nash's game theory principles when our life partner doesn't load the dishwasher correctly! Oh, and we should be willing to go to bed angry and then get up and re-fight the good fight in the morning.

I'm sorry, but this recession has left me far too tired to even think about it. If the dishes need to get done, they'll get done by the person who has more mo-jo at the moment. Or the dishes will sit in the sink for a few hours until someone finds the time and energy to deal with them. I think of it as a form of domestic entropy, and it works pretty well most of the time. We all take our turn and help each other out as our energy levels ebb and flow. Besides, if 90% of small businesses fail compared to 50% of marriages, then treating your marriage like a marriage might not be such a bad thing after all. Or maybe we should treat our businesses more like marriages?

I'm going to apply my own First law of Thermodynamics instead: My energy level, and that of my spouse, can change from one form to another but it cannot be created or destroyed through game theory inspired nagging. I'm just too tired to plan things out too rigidly right now. The last two years have worn me down and taught me not to sweat the small stuff. Ask me again when dot-com 2.0 rolls around.


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