Last night, John came over and played darts with Jazz. We rehashed the script below, for possible filming.
Jazz wants very much to appear in the reality TV show "The Lot" which has as its grand prize $1 million budget for making a feature film. True, "clerks" was shot with $25,000 and made a lot more than that, but most films are a great deal more than $1 million. Still, it's a reality show Jazz thinks he might have the possibility of winning, and being the huge fan of these shows, he's all for winning. Never mind the horrible financial consequences of quitting the job to be on a show... Close but no cigar doesn't do *bleep* when the mortgage payment is due, ya know? We'd have to figure out a way to make the financials work, and I don't know of one.
Anyway, the menfolk were perhaps understandably confused by the entire premise of the original script. Why would a woman stay with a man for a year if she had no intention of marrying him? I have a lot of answers for that, but none they'd believe. Maybe I'm really screwed up, but I see no problem with a person enjoying a companion/roommate/lover while not actively seeking better and yet not intending it to be forever and ever amen.
So John wrote a lovely script of a man proposing earnestly, with the woman saying no for the only possible reason he could accept- that she was seeing someone else. And this I could not allow. It was the complete opposite of my point of interest.
Further arguments ensued. They boiled down to neither John nor my sweetie finding it could possibly ever be that a woman could say no without having a man on the side. I know from personal experience that ain't necessary. Ever. He can be boring. He can be too nice. He can be an abusive *bleep*. But we didn't want to play the abuse card.
We argued even more, but eventually settled on a completely different reason that all could accept. And I don't like reaching for that card either. We declared the woman Jewish and the man Catholic. The woman said she could not marry outside of her faith, and he wanted to know why she had wasted a year on him. I wanted to say, "it wasn't a waste." But John and Jazz didn't want that line in there. In the end of the arguments, a powerful message was given that did please me... marriage and true love are more important than religion. Because I believe they are. Or at least that one person's religion should not dictate everyone's ideas of marriage. It being man and woman inherently does not promote the gay agenda, but I like to think it levers the door a little.