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You can know what counts with women!
And the five key points to help you win points
by Janet L. Jacobsen
copyright 1998 by Harlan L. Jacobsen
First the book The Rules laid out "how to get a man" for women for whom being a doormat hadn't work, so they were ready to try deceit and manipulation.
Now comes equal time, sort of, for the guys, in the book The Scorecard: the official point system for keeping score in the relationship game, by Greg Gutfeld. Actually, this book is a guide to how to score points with women, how to stay on her good side, and how to recognize what you did that has put you in the doghouse, perhaps permanently. His overall theme is humor, but gosh, he seems pretty perceptive in figuring out how women award "points."
Gutfeld takes this from first meeting, through long-term relationships. His basic explanation of the scorecard is straight-forward:
1. You get absolutely no points by simply meeting her expectations. This includes things like saying I love you, buying flowers on her birthday, and not taking an airliner hostage. "While we applaud you for meeting these requirement, don't expect points for them. Do them and do not complain. No one is listening. Especially her."
2. Getting points has a larger purpose than you think. It keeps you out of trouble, improves your position in the relationship, and creates a "reservoir" you can draw on when, say, she lets you skip a Lamaze class to see the Bulls game with your pals.
3. Good deeds, and the points earned, have a short shelf life. "You must do your good deed within a day of the anticipated reward" such as cleaning the garage this morning to get "free unsupervised time with your unstable single friends" tonight.
4. But a bad deed can last forever (or at least three weeks). "As long as you're in the doghouse, you pay dividends. This is why you should avoid committing any major blunders."
5. Saturday and Sunday are gold mines. Massive home-improvement project get you a large lump sum of points.
6. Your mate is not stupid. Pretty much nothing will get you enough points for the green light to play naked Twister with your fetching new secretary. "The transaction must be reasonable, which essentially means you should be happy with whatever you get."
Honesty is essential in your self-scoring. "By not scoring honestly, you'll never know where you stand, for real, in your relationship with her."
Most relevant for singles is the section Gutfeld calls "The early years," mostly covering dating. Here are some "scoring" factors a guy should know when standing next to a gal he wants to get acquainted with, say at a local night spot:
Say, "What you need is a shot." -15
She's tallying up your score as you go now, so pay attention:
You ask what she does for a living, and she says she's a court report. 0
You offer to buy her a drink. +4
Next consider the first dinner date:
You take her to a fine restaurant where you are well known by the staff +15
And now the first dinner at your house:
You actually change your sheets and make the bed. +6
Somewhere along the dating way you probably will have to deal with her ex-boyfriend. "Women feel that every new boyfriend should be an improvement over the last one."
You and your mate run into her old boyfriend, and you get along fine. +5
"As you get to know her better, she only gets better at assessing your faults." At last this brings us to Her Birthday:
You buy her a gift 0
And what does all this teach a man about getting along in dating? I think I can offer a summary, based on Gutfeld's careful and surprisingly accurate assessment of what wins with women:
1. Juvenile behavior costs you points. If it would make a third-grade boy laugh, or gives you that "teenage macho" feeling _ don't do it!
2. Listening is a minimum requirement. Remembering what you heard gets you points. Behaving as though you remember what you heard gets you lots of points.
3. Bragging loses you points. Lieing loses you more points. Lieing when bragging takes you out of the game completely.
4. Class is more important than cash, but cheapness costs you.
5. Patience and politeness seem like minimum requirements, but she considers them so rare that they actually get you points.