We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Sadly, what they may discover is that the plumbing wasn't the problem. Most middleaged wives would run off to Santa Fe w the guy who listens to them and who believes in them. Hydraulics, like large breasts, preoccupy men more than they do women. So the guy will likely end up w more silence than he bargained for. Love is all you need. Pills and potions can't make men and women treat each better. I tell my kids to marry someone they are both hot for and best friends with. Friends can put up w each other's yammering and reruns and dumb blonde jokes. Long after age and booze and ailments have reduced one's Apollo to a mere mortal, and Venus to Xantippe.
Selective hearing loss among those over, say fifty, is both beneficial and normal for living in this society where artificial noise never ceases. There are days when one almost wishes that our electronic devices would all break down--even with the massive havoc that such a disaster would cause.
And for some males, not hearing their wives or as the hackney-lovers are wont to say, significant others, may keep their relationships warm and loving, whereas....