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Hey, We're Different -- But We Compromise

I like to spend Sundays watching football. Her idea of a pleasant weekend is hunting down vegetables and watching reality TV. So, what's a guy to do?

We bicker. Sometimes we fight. Hey, I'm a hot-headed Italian girl. Trust me. And ask Dave. Luckily, he and I enjoy a lot of the same activities and have gotten the other to try different things too. This past Sunday, I ran my second New York City Marathon. When I met Dave he couldn't run a mile. Two months ago, he finished a triathlon. He's gotten me more into history and politics and independent film. But one thing we can't seem to find a middle ground for is the remote control.

I tease Steph because she likes to come home and turn on reality shows that chronicle the vacuous lives of the mediocre. What she gains intellectually from the likes of Kim Kardashian and the housewives of Orange County is beyond me.

I'm fine with the the fact that I think to indulge in reality TV. The truth is, my goal is to shut off my intellect and relax with something mindless at the end of the day. Being a television field reporter in New York City, I'm dealing with stories of murder, robbery and abuse everyday. The last thing I want to do when I get home is join Dave on the couch as he watches a History Channel documentary about the blueprints of Hitler's bunker.

Sundays in the fall are all about football for me. It's an indulgence. It's not just about the sport.It's also about good old-fashioned American gluttony. I bring in lunch, sprawl on my couch and have my fantasy football updates at an arm's length for seven hours straight. Steph can't even fake an interest in football (if she calls the Chicago Bears "The Cubs" one more time....). So now we do a 10 mile pre-football Sunday bike ride to her favorite farmers market. Lord knows how, but she derives joy from meticulously searching for the perfectly ripened squash. I get to spend the rest of the day hangin' with the Fox Football Robot. It's all about compromise. But we've had our share of battles to reach this point.

What battles did you and your significant other wage -- and what compromises did you reach as a result? Are you happy with those compromises?


Stephanie Tsoflias is a reporter for WPIX in New York City. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter (@lifeofareporter). Dave Siegel is a writer and stand up comedian in New York City. The NY area can see him Tuesday night at Irish Exit and follow him on Twitter (@StandUpDave).

-- Stephanie and Dave