(Sunday Times) What makes men commit?
According to a new theory, marriage is more a matter of timing than of magic
“What the hell is wrong with you?” a girl recently asked me, her face screwed up with concern and incomprehension. What prompted this question was my admission that I was still unmarried. Sadly, I’m now at the age where I need to have a ready excuse for not having settled down. The excuse that works best with women, I’ve learnt, is to shrug my shoulders and lament that I just haven’t met the right girl yet.
The truth is probably simpler than that and best summed up by the “New York taxi driver” theory. According to this idea, men — like New York taxi drivers — cruise around all day, picking up fares. They carry some for a long time, some for just a short while, without giving it all that much thought. But at a certain point, when they’re tired, maybe bored and have had their fill, the taxi driver decides it’s time to turn off his light and go home. Whoever is in the back of his metaphorical relationship taxi at that point is the one he marries.