DEAR CAT: Recently my wife and I were going to buy a house. Six days before closing (and the last day to opt out of the deal if we did not like the Home Owners Association) my wife decides she does not like the H.O.A. because she wouldn’t be allowed to put up an outdoor clothesline. I offered to build a clothesline in the garage, but that was unacceptable to her. Unable to convince her of the absurdity of her reasoning, I gave in. It took four days to arrange the cancellation. When her signature was the last thing required to cancel the deal, she said, “Well, now that you have listened to me, and I appreciate that, I will now buy the house.” I ask you, is that not classic manipulation or what? — I DON’T UNDERSTAND
DEAR DON’T: If a clothesline is a dealbreaker, there’s a lot more going on under the surface. Assuming your story is accurate, your wife obviously felt ignored (or otherwise dismissed) by you, and the only way to get your attention was to nearly lose the whole deal. It’s impossible to say whether the manipulation was intentional or spur of the moment, but it certainly was classic. On a different note, I have to know …
Cat’s Call: Did you get the house or not??
Ok. Did anyone else get to the part that said, “Assuming your story is accurate…” and think that Cat should have wrote, “…your wife is obviously a manipulative bitch.” And then ask him if she recently went off her meds?
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