New Yorker correspondent Evan Osnos in his book, An Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the new China comments about couples in China hooking up for a first date.

I enjoyed what he told about women in China calling a man without a house, a car or a nest egg a “Triple Without.”

I wonder how long it will be before men in China use the same on women. Or that we use the expression here?

One man told a woman, “I don’t have a car, but I have a bicycle.”

She replied, “I would rather cry in the backseat of a BMW than laugh on the back of a bicycle.”

Maybe not love, but I love it.


10 thoughts on “Love?

  1. Carole Webber June 14, 2014 / 11:45 am

    If a man has a car, a house and a nest egg is he then a triple with” ?

    Making material choices is not the best measure of love but it probably ups the odds of a successful alliance and maybe even love.

  2. Carl D'Agostino June 14, 2014 / 1:33 pm

    Is an empty wallet better than having no wallet ?

    • fictionfitz June 15, 2014 / 6:18 am

      Maybe BMW is an acronym and in it lies the answer

  3. Carole Webber June 14, 2014 / 7:51 pm

    An empty wallet at least has the possibility oof something to come

    • fictionfitz June 15, 2014 / 6:17 am

      What about me? I have no wallet.

  4. jhvn June 14, 2014 / 9:38 pm

    The Chinese woman reminds me of the second verse of The Bicycle Built for Two. I remember hearing of a Chinese elder defending arranged marriages by comparing them to putting a pot of cold water on the stove. In time the fire heats up the water. I wonder whether the woman crying in the BMW could allow her heart to feel the warmth of love. I would rather laugh on the bicycle.

    • fictionfitz June 15, 2014 / 6:12 am

      I can’t add to that, and I am not.

    • fictionfitz June 15, 2014 / 6:18 am

      ps: Thanks for the chuckle.

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