Okay, I know that right from the beginning there's the distinct possibility that I am going to take some heat for this month's editorial. All right, I know I am. Being the full-fledged partner, grandpa, and the robust man that I am, I am willing to take my knocks (literally!) and move on.

For starters, all of us at some point in time have had to balance the precarious area of our lives that ebbs and flows between our insatiable appetite for all things mechanical and that of cohabiting with our wives. Here's a typical scenario: Do you leave at the crack of dawn on Saturday for coffee and donuts with the guys only to stare at the same street rods that you have seen for the past six years? Or, do you get up in the morning and have breakfast with the wife, help her get a load of laundry going, and then run to the fix-it-store to pickup those hinges you promised you would replace on the kitchen cabinets nine months ago? That's easy--you go for the donuts.

Well, I always thought it was that easy, but one day I happened to see some notes that my wife had left on her desk. To my utter surprise I would have been much better off fixing the cabinets and not going for donuts. Go figure?

After a bit more investigation I have come to find out that, apparently, there's a point system that men have been graded on for thousands of years. Unfortunately, as women have a way of doing, they knew about the point system but didn't bother telling us. Fellow street rodders clean those spectacles and read carefully, I am going to give you insight you cannot find anywhere else at any price.

It's important to understand that women don't relate to us in our car world, though we have to relate to them in the "world of romance" (It's my sensitive side opening up). All wives understand that the time you spend reading SRM enriches your life--so, wives as a general rule think SRM is the koolest.

A friend uttered the following, if I may quote: "Remember, in the world of romance, one single rule applies: Make your woman happy. Do something she likes, and you get points. Do something she dislikes and points are subtracted. You don't get any points for doing something that she expects."

It's not difficult to play the marriage game and juggle it with your avocation of street rodding, you just have to understand how points are given and taken away. Here's wishing all of you a happy New Year.