It's me or the horse
The following is a cautionary tale about what might happen if you ever go to your significant other and say: "it's me or the horse".
In 1963, twenty-one year old Clive Lucy should have been the happiest man on earth. He was engaged to be married to Pamela Clews (20), former beauty contest winner. There was only one problem. The vivacious Pamela would not stop going on and on about her horse.
Finally Clive could take it no longer, he turned to her and said those critical words: it's me or the horse.
Sadly for Clive, the decision was not too hard to make. Ms. Clews kept the horse and cancelled the wedding. Velvet, actually more of a pony, won the day.
Pamela is quoted as saying: "I decided in favor of the horse ... Velvet is beautiful and is really the only love of my life."
The moral of the story is, never try to come between a woman and her horse.
It may not have been such a bad choice on Lucy's part. It seems Clive was upset because he felt Lucy could not afford to keep a horse once she was his wife. So Lucy stayed single and became a bus conductress. Which apparently provided enough to provide for her and for Velvet.
While ultimatums may seem reasonable when they occur to you, you have to be aware that they are hostile and confrontational--which means there is a very good chance you will not get the outcome you really want. You may in fact be giving people an escape clause just when they want it, because they are just as frustrated with you as you are with them!
Did Lucy make the right decision?
...And the public voted is leaning heavily pro-pony. So I guess Pamela is not the only one who tends to think that a pony is more trustworthy than a guy?
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