So I was reading Perplexio's blog, about a woman who sat at his table while he was dining alone, and it reminded me of this baffling mystery.
I've noticed in public places, like the dog park or the grocery store, that men share information about whether they've got wives or girlfriends irregardless of whether the situation calls for it or not. It's like they can't not share the information, and it comes burbling out in all sorts of forms.
Here's an example. When I'm walking in the dog park, if my dog starts walking with another dog, generally the humans with them wind up walking together for a while too. In the first 30 seconds, usually a guy will say, "Usually my girlfriend does this." or "My wife buys dog food."
Why? We're walking along doing nothing. Talking about nothing really. I'm not putting out some vibe. But, inevitably, this will tumble out of nowhere.
I appreciate men who are trying to do the right thing and be good partners, but I don't get this. I can't imagine myself saying, "I'm not available" to strangers. For example, I expect that a lot of people reading this blog don't know that I'm married. Generally this information only comes up when it's relevant in some way.
Does anyone have any idea why this happens? Is it men not knowing how to communicate this information? Is it egocentrism? The belief that everyone must want them? What exactly is going on here?