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Shortening Arguments

NVR Guys

We are long since past major, relationship-jarring arguments, but we certainly aren't strangers to arguing.

A while back, we had the realization that we can take a stupid argument and turn it into a marathon-length stupid argument. We actually had that realization while on a walk – one of our favorite times to spiral into a ridiculous spat. Actually, I should note that the timing of our arguments is far more interesting than the subject matter of our arguments. We rarely have arguments in our home; oh no, that would be too rational. I would guess that about 80% of our dust-ups occur in public. Again, while we're never arguing about anything of substance, it's no fun to argue in the presence of others.

We both believe that an occasional argument is good, as long as it stays rational. We're both strong willed guys, we're around each other constantly, we get into strange predicaments while traveling, and we share a business. If we didn't argue, it'd be odd.

We decided, though, that we were giving our arguments way too much life; they were going on too long. So we settled on an experiment to see how long we could go having improved arguments. Not not having arguments but, rather, having length-appropriate arguments.

Nothing is as frustrating as arguing with someone who knows what he's talking about. –Sam Ewing

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