I met up with an old friend of mine the other day. Whilst chewing the cud about this and that in the pub, he suddenly looked at me, put on a glum face and said:
"Lisa wants to get a cat"
"Right. And that's bad is it?"
"I don't like cats"
I shrugged. "So don't get a cat then"
He pulled a face. "She says it's either a cat or a baby".
Oh. I see his problem. It's catch-22: she's not offering him a real choice at all. When she says it's a cat or a baby, what she really means is that it's a cat then a baby. Either way, there's bound to be a baby involved at some point - it's just a matter of time.
I don't really see how he can win this one. It's a double-bind.
He can stall for time, I suppose, but if he *really* doesn't like cats then he simply has to bite the bullet and get on with the other option.
...or he can run as far and as fast as his legs will carry him. And even then, Lisa's pretty sporty, and I rather suspect that she can run both further and faster than him, and he knows it, so he's back to square one. He can run, but he can't hide.
No wonder he's looking a bit glum.