Simple rules to dating
As time passed, you learned to pick up your dates before the cocktail hour, before her dad was feeling extra social and likely to utter the worst words you'd ever heard: "Sit down, son. He meant: "Have I ever bored your folks with pointless stories at lousy holiday parties?
"To which I'd then reply: "Yeah, probably."Today, boyfriend inspections are still a part of American dating culture, kept alive by fathers like me with a misguided sense of ownership over their children, the people they love more than anything in the whole world.
I did a lot of things wrong in my marriage: worked too hard, cared too much, made too many sacrifices for my family. So, big, green and warty, I returned to the struggling little fishing village of Santa Monica for another boyfriend inspection.The lovely and patient older daughter has been seeing this guy, who hasn't been dad-certified yet. Told me he's originally from the suburbs of New York, which set off all sorts of alarms. Always bright, always aggressive, yet they have the mannerisms of small animals that find themselves trapped in your garage.The consistent refrain from the network and cast has been “This happens to families,” which is of course true.It does not happen often, however, to light-hearted sitcom families, and incorporating the Ritter character’s passing is uncomfortable terrain.