My approach has been to take on one country at a time. With some exceptions like Monaco (was there just after the Grand Prix), I have found that each trip you take (unless you are doing a year-long backpack trip around the world) should focus on a single country or at most two. No less than 10 days and no more than 21 days duration in my opinion. Less than 10 and you can’t get used to the culture and learn to appreciate it; more than 21 and you become part of the culture and don’t want to come home… or worse, begin missing home badly and offend the local people by looking past them.
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Thought I would kill two birds with one stone by learning to program and learning to program in Ruby at the same time.
Thankfully, Chris Pine has made it easy with Learn to Program: A Tutorial for the Future Programmer. Check it out, you will be glad you did. Hey, it is a start!
Sometimes this is harder to do than at other times…but if we do this, there are long term benefits that compound over time. Just make sure that when you say it you look her in the eyes as well, without tacking on a “babe” or “ya” to the end of it. In other words, it isn’t what you say that matters but how you say it.
All of this assumes of course that we are loving our wives in non-verbal ways…taking out the trash, cleaning the dishes, wiping the kids noses, and making time to listen to her. Most wives would say that showing them we love them is more important than even hearing that we love them.
I think both are necessary if we want to stay out of the dog house and keep the woman of our dreams. As a wise old Cajun from Louisiana once told me:
“Ifz mommaz ain’t happy, ain’t nobodies zhappy!” Of course, this person also told me (with regard to being the head of his household, decision making, and managing the family finances) “Iz Seen Da’ Job and Iz don’t wannit”.