Keep Reading: Romantic Comedy

A book like no other, this delighfully quirky tale is full of laughs and charm.
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 I may have found a solution to the Wife Problem. As with so many scientific breakthroughs, the answer was obvious in retrospect. But had it not been for a series of unscheduled events, it is unlikely I would have discovered it.

The sequence was initiated by Gene insisting I give a lecture on Asperger's syndrome that he had previously agreed to deliver himself. The timing was extremely annoying. The preparation could be time-shared with lunch consumption, but on the designated evening I had scheduled ninety-four minutes to clean my bathroom. I was faced with a choice of three options, none of them satisfactory.

1. Cleaning the bathroom after the lecture, resulting in loss of sleep with a consequent reduction in mental and physical performance.
2. Rescheduled the cleaning until the followingTuesday, resulting in an eight-day period of compromised bathroom hygiene and consequent risk of disease.
3. Refusing to deliver the lecture, resulting in damage to my friendship with Gene.

I presented the dilemma to Gene, who as usual, had an alternative solution.

'Don, I'll pay someone to clean your bathroom.'

I explained to Gene -again- that all cleaners, with the possible exception of the Hungarian woman with the short skirt, made errors. Short-skirt Woman, who had been Gene's cleaner, had disappeared following some problem with Gene and Claudia.

'I'll give you Eva's mobile number. Just don't mention me.'
'What if she asks? How can I answer without mentioning you?'
'Just say you're contacting her because she's  the only cleaner who does it properly. And if she mentions me, say nothing.'

This was an excellent outcome, and an illustration of Gene's ability to find solutions to social problems. Eva would enjoy having her competence recognised and might even suit a permanent role, which would free up an average of three hundred and sixteen minutes per week in my schedule.

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