It's the doing, not the wanting
Posted by aogMonday, 29 June 2009 at 09:18 TrackBack Ping URL

I read this at McCabism and my first thought was — how does someone who is a non-attractive geek even for a group of high powered physicists manage to do that? I can understand why he would want to have an open marriage, and maybe why his wife would (initially) put up with it, but how in the world did he convince the majority of his co-workers’ wives to do so as well? I think about the work places I have been in, filled with similar geeks, and I just can’t imagine any of the wives having an affair with one of the other husbands in the group. I would guess the ony reason any of the wives slept with any of us was because of the marriage. I might believe that one or two of them might have an affair with some empty headed hunk or sensitive artist type, but another geek? And most of them? Is this view just a resut of my staid MidWestern life experience, or does it strike other people as odd too?

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AVeryRoughRoadAhead Monday, 29 June 2009 at 13:54

Per William of Ockham, what it most probably means is that there’s something that we don’t know. Perhaps Everett had a charm which wasn’t photogenic.

I’m more intrigued by the backstory behind his daughter’s suicide note.

Annoying Old Guy Monday, 29 June 2009 at 16:18

Perhaps, but this quote made me think not —

Everett, however, does not appear to have been a warm, affectionate individual, and I must admit that I recognise in a number of my own colleagues the same semi-autistic symptoms which Everett exhibited.

I suspect the daughter was traumatized by her father’s wild ways or its effect on her mother.

cjm Saturday, 04 July 2009 at 11:28

i watched this documentary on “swinging” in the U.S. and there was not one attractive personin it. in fact most of the participants were grotesque. my guess is that the women this guy was diddling, were not prize worthy.

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