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(Slate)   Dear Prudie, my husband is too rich, successful, and caring. That upsets me. How can I make him miserable, too?   (slate.com) divider line 123
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2013-11-14 12:55:17 PM
1% problems.
 
2013-11-14 01:01:28 PM
But I also think it sets a bad example for our son to see a father who doesn't have some productive purpose in life

The bad example being that his father worked his ass off and actually made a lot of money doing so? Enough to support both of you with absolutely no issue? That's the "bad example"?

And it's not even that you're jealous, as you could easily quit (like the husband said). You choose to keep working and then biatch that he doesn't want to?! She just wants a reason to biatch.
 
2013-11-14 01:02:29 PM
he retired about 18 months ago, shortly after the birth of our first child. He has not found anything to do in that time! We have an excellent nanny 40 hours a week, and outside those hours my husband is an extremely involved father.

www.netmeister.org
 
2013-11-14 01:02:32 PM
Fake Prudie story is fake.
 
2013-11-14 01:04:49 PM
It's nice that wives have people outside the house that they can also use as an outlet for their biatchieness.
 
2013-11-14 01:04:52 PM
It actually sounds like the husband is a pretentious ass.  But it also sounds like they're made for each other.
 
2013-11-14 01:05:04 PM
Written like a 40 something single woman with a couple bottles of cheap wine down and a couple more to drink while she reads her bodice ripper naked in bed with her toychest.
 
2013-11-14 01:05:33 PM
that wasnt even clever satire
 
2013-11-14 01:06:33 PM

Satan's Bunny Slippers: Written like a 40 something single woman with a couple bottles of cheap wine down and a couple more to drink while she reads her bodice ripper naked in bed with her toychest.


Go on..............
 
2013-11-14 01:07:03 PM
 More irritating would be marrying the consummate capitalist who now spouts Marxist prattle.


Atta girl, Prudie.
 
2013-11-14 01:08:19 PM
Honey, you already did it.
You married him.
 
2013-11-14 01:09:24 PM

scottydoesntknow: But I also think it sets a bad example for our son to see a father who doesn't have some productive purpose in life

The bad example being that his father worked his ass off and actually made a lot of money doing so? Enough to support both of you with absolutely no issue? That's the "bad example"?

And it's not even that you're jealous, as you could easily quit (like the husband said). You choose to keep working and then biatch that he doesn't want to?! She just wants a reason to biatch.


No, she wants to cheat on him but with him around all the time she can't. That's the real story that isn't being said.
 
2013-11-14 01:09:33 PM

Donnchadha: he retired about 18 months ago, shortly after the birth of our first child. He has not found anything to do in that time! We have an excellent nanny 40 hours a week, and outside those hours my husband is an extremely involved father.

[www.netmeister.org image 456x297]


It may be that way because its harder to find a top quality nanny who only wants to work 10-15 hours a week. If you are offering full time work, you get better people and you never have to worry about that person taking on other work elsewhere that may cause schedule issues.
 
2013-11-14 01:10:03 PM

Satan's Bunny Slippers: Written like a 40 something single woman with a couple bottles of cheap wine down and a couple more to drink while she reads her bodice ripper naked in bed with her toychest.


...go on...
 
2013-11-14 01:10:04 PM
If the letter isn't fake, the translation is: I don't have enough drama in my life.
 
2013-11-14 01:10:15 PM
I look forward to the weekly fake prudie column.
 
2013-11-14 01:11:07 PM
"More irritating would be marrying the consummate capitalist who now spouts Marxist prattle."

Aaaand that's where I stopped reading.
 
2013-11-14 01:11:29 PM
His work involved long hours and lots of stress, and by his 30s he decided that he wanted out... We split the domestic duties roughly 50-50, as before

You made your husband who had long hours and lots of stress split the domestic duties 50/50?  Wow, you biatch, no wonder you're insecure.  Yeah, you're right, he probably will get fed up with your shiat and leave.
 
2013-11-14 01:11:43 PM
How I can make him miserable too?

Renew your vows. Maybe he's a slow learner.
 
2013-11-14 01:11:48 PM
Did I miss the part where she had to work to support him?
 
2013-11-14 01:14:01 PM
I think the only problem I have is he isnt taking care of the kid but a nanny is. Yeah he is doing stuff but if I was in his place I would probably be taking care of my kid and enjoying the time together. And when the kid reaches school age I would probably voluenteer at the school a lot. If I had more free time now I would probably cook more.
 
2013-11-14 01:15:19 PM
If he made that much freakin money why does she have to work ?
 
2013-11-14 01:15:30 PM
"Dear Prudie,

I made a lot of money doing in my youth doing insider trades.  Although the money was great, the hours were killer, and I didn't have any time for relationships.  Think Bud Fox without the arrest or Daryl Hannah.  I retired at age 31 and have more money than I know what to do with.  I now have a loving wife and a beautiful son.  So what's the problem?  My biatch wife keeps threatening to quit her job.  I'm porking the maid on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and taking advantage of high-priced escort services on Mondays and Fridays (Wednesdays are bowling league.)  After all those late nights and weekends I spent gathering illicit information instead of hooking up in bars, I feel like I deserve to catch up a little bit.  So my question is, if my wife does quit her job, how do I keep her out of the house on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays without her getting suspicious?"
 
2013-11-14 01:15:41 PM
I'm sorry honey,  I'll act more miserable.
 
2013-11-14 01:16:57 PM

JohnCarter: Did I miss the part where she had to work to support him?


The wife is the primary in our house, while I get to stay home and raise the tiny baby, so I could understand if she came home and discovered I'd been playing GTA all day instead of laundry or any number of other handyman type jobs to do around the house.

If I won the lottery and didn't have to worry about money, ever, the second she complained about me not organizing the spice cabinet...man, isn't that what being "independently wealthy" means? That nobody can tell you what to do?
 
2013-11-14 01:18:32 PM
FTA: My husband disagrees and says he will be "an excellent corrective to the productionist propaganda schools inflict on kids to make them the unquestioning worker bees the economy demands." He says he doesn't care if our son grows up to work hard and that work is a lamentable necessity and it is only "false consciousness" to think otherwise.

Whether it's fake or not, i am already halfway to being this guy. Just need to remember to do the falling in love and having kids thing before 40.
 
2013-11-14 01:18:37 PM
I wonder what her tantrums are like when he needs to rotate the wheels of his truck instead of going to the lake.
 
2013-11-14 01:18:41 PM

Princess Ryans Knickers: scottydoesntknow: But I also think it sets a bad example for our son to see a father who doesn't have some productive purpose in life

The bad example being that his father worked his ass off and actually made a lot of money doing so? Enough to support both of you with absolutely no issue? That's the "bad example"?

And it's not even that you're jealous, as you could easily quit (like the husband said). You choose to keep working and then biatch that he doesn't want to?! She just wants a reason to biatch.

No, she wants to cheat on him but with him around all the time she can't. That's the real story that isn't being said.


Nail on the head. Or schlong in the twat as the case may be.
 
2013-11-14 01:19:04 PM
If I was this guy I'd start a business and have the "office" on a boat, somewhere with easy access to hookers and blow.  I'd come home on the weekends to unwind.
 
2013-11-14 01:19:24 PM
When I agree with you baby it makes you mad
And when I don't it makes you sad
When I argue back, you pack and leave
And when I don't, you pout and grieve

There just ain't nobody knows what I go through
Will you please make up your mind what you want me to do?

- Hank Williams
 
2013-11-14 01:20:02 PM
Dear Prudie,

Help! My sexy cheating sex orgy is sexing up my sex's huge penis sex! I'm afraid that if people click on this Slate link to read the rest of my letter, they might have giant orgasms too. What should I do?
 
2013-11-14 01:20:12 PM

cig-mkr: If he made that much freakin money why does she have to work ?


She can have it all!  Don't you repress her you patriarch!
 
2013-11-14 01:20:54 PM

gaslight: If the letter isn't fake, the translation is: I don't have enough drama in my life.


I read it as:

Dear Prudie,

I married my husband solely for the money and now he isn't working and is around all the time.
 
2013-11-14 01:21:04 PM
I think Prudie is a modern day Fairy Tale writer. Everything is a lie, but it is possible, in a country with 375 million people, that this somehow may happen to someone. And the Soaps are only on 4 hours a day, when I'm sitting on the crapper I need some drama in my life.
 
2013-11-14 01:21:22 PM
I mean, there's no way in hell that is a real letter. But was still a fun read, if only to daydream a "can you imagine" scenario.
 
2013-11-14 01:21:37 PM

scottydoesntknow: But I also think it sets a bad example for our son to see a father who doesn't have some productive purpose in life

The bad example being that his father worked his ass off and actually made a lot of money doing so? Enough to support both of you with absolutely no issue? That's the "bad example"?


If the kid is an infant now (he needs a nanny 40 hours a week, so presumably isn't in school) he will never actually see his father working really hard or the sacrifices his father made in order to become successful. Instead he will grow up seeing a parent who doesn't work, spends all his time on leisure activities and has a lot of money despite chilling out all the time - the mom has decent concern to worry that the kid won't connect the fact the wealth he enjoys came from his dad's hard work before he was born, particularly as the father seems ambivalent about the instilling the concept of a work ethic.
 
2013-11-14 01:22:09 PM
Holy shiat, the Dear Prudie letter BELOW the OP is golden.
 
2013-11-14 01:22:44 PM

born_yesterday: Fake Prudie story is fake.


i got the same impression. like a setup to let prudie vent some of her own opinions as if solicited. at least her response seems to cover items not even brought up by the letter writer.
 
2013-11-14 01:23:09 PM

grinding_journalist: The wife is the primary in our house, while I get to stay home and raise the tiny baby, so I could understand if she came home and discovered I'd been playing GTA all day instead of laundry or any number of other handyman type jobs to do around the house.


For the first 3 years of our marriage, I was the one who punched a clock. Hubs has an online business that doesn't require much of his time, so no need for him to venture out for a job.

Let me tell you, I was deeee-farking-lighted for him to have free time. He was married previously for 20 years, raised two children with little assistance from his first wife, worked like a slave and was put upon by his inlaws constantly. If having his life back means he will be happy or live longer, I'm in.

Now, we both work from home and his workload has not increased much. The only biatching and moaning I do at him is when I find a scorpion. That's man shiat. I'm happy to take care of the rest.

This tramp actually resents her husband for enjoying the fruits of his labor? Wow. What a cry baby.
 
2013-11-14 01:23:38 PM

born_yesterday: Fake Prudie story is fake.


I actually knew a couple like that.  Seriously  25 years old and neither needed a job.  They hired a nanny and housekeeper for first kid and didn't even work.  Then the wife went back to work.  Rich people problems.  They eventually divorced.
 
2013-11-14 01:23:56 PM

Target Builder: he will never actually see his father working really hard or the sacrifices his father made in order to become successful.


He actually won't see his father much at all if he's working all the time.
 
2013-11-14 01:24:19 PM
Per the article, she doesn't even have to work and he's arranged a trust fund for her and the kid, so if she quits her job and they divorced she wouldn't be farked for having left a career.

I THINK her entire issue is that while hubby worked his ass off previously, their children now will not witness that. They will only see the wealth and leisure, and this may spoil them in various ways. That being said, it sounds like he JUST retired and he has a new baby, so for fark's sake I think he's entitled to 2-3 years of this at least. After that, finding things to be passionate about that aren't work is just as good an example for the kids, and they can tell stories of how daddy used to write code 18 hours a day before the IPO or whatever.

But she sounds like a ninny.
 
2013-11-14 01:25:46 PM

groppet: I think the only problem I have is he isnt taking care of the kid but a nanny is. Yeah he is doing stuff but if I was in his place I would probably be taking care of my kid and enjoying the time together. And when the kid reaches school age I would probably voluenteer at the school a lot. If I had more free time now I would probably cook more.


go on......
 
2013-11-14 01:26:26 PM
That guy is my hero. 

If he exists, that is, which is highly unlikely given that this is Dear Prudence.
 
2013-11-14 01:26:49 PM
He is, believe me, he is.
 
2013-11-14 01:27:19 PM
Whatever.  More like:

Dear Prudie,

I signed a prenup but I still want the money.  By writing a letter to you I'm trying to justify some kind of anguish that would preclude my prenup and get me more than just the trust fund.  Also, he's banging the nanny and I want to continue to work because my boss has a huge c*ck.

Signed,

Misogyny Baiter


/God, it's like I can make up letters better than she can!
 
2013-11-14 01:29:41 PM
99% of her letters can be answered, "what's wrong with you?" The other 1% can be answered, "what's wrong with you?!"
 
2013-11-14 01:29:51 PM

Target Builder: scottydoesntknow: But I also think it sets a bad example for our son to see a father who doesn't have some productive purpose in life

The bad example being that his father worked his ass off and actually made a lot of money doing so? Enough to support both of you with absolutely no issue? That's the "bad example"?

If the kid is an infant now (he needs a nanny 40 hours a week, so presumably isn't in school) he will never actually see his father working really hard or the sacrifices his father made in order to become successful. Instead he will grow up seeing a parent who doesn't work, spends all his time on leisure activities and has a lot of money despite chilling out all the time - the mom has decent concern to worry that the kid won't connect the fact the wealth he enjoys came from his dad's hard work before he was born, particularly as the father seems ambivalent about the instilling the concept of a work ethic.


So that means he should have to continue to work hiss ass off?

If the kid grows up with no work ethic, then both parents failed in establishing that. Him working hard does not automatically mean the kid will work hard, and that's been shown by countless rich brats who are the exact opposite of their hard-working parents.
 
2013-11-14 01:30:37 PM

voran: Holy shiat, the Dear Prudie letter BELOW the OP is golden.


Ha! I went back and read it, and damned if it wasn't. Next on COPS...
 
2013-11-14 01:34:22 PM

Nana's Vibrator: /God, it's like I can make up letters better than she can!


The making up letters part is outsourced to internet strangers.

It's a wonderful business model.
 
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