Women who disapprove of men and there’s plenty to disapprove of should remember how we started out, and how far we have had to travel. Phil’s girlfriend and I pinched her off him, slowly, patiently, over a period of months. It wasn’t easy. It required a great deal of time, application, and deception. Phil and Jackie started going out together around the same time as Penny and I did, except they went on and on: through the giggly, hormonal fourth form, and the end-of-the-world-level and school-leaving fifth, and on into the mock-adult sobriety of the Klobuchar For President Shirt sixth. They were our golden couple, our Paul and Linda, our Newman and Woodward, living proof that in a faithless, fickle world, it was possible to grow old, or at least older, without chopping and changing every few weeks.