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Wifetionary Addition: Perfecting the Art of ‘Piggybacking’ Off A Girls Night

By |2018-11-27T23:14:32+00:00March 31st, 2013|8 Comments

Do you have a friend that has had his man card revoked not once, but on numerous occasions?  Chances are, you have more than one buddy like that.

Let’s face it, quite often, THE WIFE runs the show in the household, controlling the calendar, the plans and she will often get a “girls night” more than you will get a night away with beers and buds.

But here’s the thing, there are ways to go ahead and give her those nights, all the while being able to get some of your own – and at TWHS, it will simply be known as the art of “piggybacking”.

Perfecting it will be the challenge.

When THE WIFE is in the picture, as everyone knows, your social circles begin to overlap and mesh into one group, with certain parties on either side being the insiders more than others.


OK, so THE WIFE is going out AGAIN. Don’t sweat it, there are ways that you can be yelling “Three cheers for beers!” by the end of the night, too.

It’s simple – pick and choose your boys that you not only enjoy to spend time with, but also are the ones that can get out regularly enough.  Then, find ways to arrange the events to piggyback off of.  Take the following examples and pointers:

The Art of Piggybacking


Do a few extra chores.  Notice the stress on her face and encourage her to go out and take a night away.  Just make sure it’s with the wives of your buds.keep-calm-and-have-girls-night-out


Take note of the friends that she hasn’t seen in a while.  It shouldn’t be hard, considering the social network you are intertwined in.  If you haven’t seen “Good Buddy X” in a while, it’s a good bet that she also hasn’t hung out with “Gal Pal Y”, either.


The key is keeping a close eye on the calendar early.  Guys, if you want to get out and watch the Final Four, The Masters, or the NBA Finals, you need to find ways for her to have her plans in the same window.


When THE WIFE has given you notice of a potential girls night, incorporate your buddies, so that they can plan accordingly, especially those that have kids (and may need to get a sitter).


Compliment her whenever you can, but mean it and give it straight from the heart.  For example, “Hey, that Kate Upton, she sure has got nothin’ on you, honey”, is likely a line that will not work, especially if you’re drooling over the SI swimsuit issue at the time.


If you want a guys night out, you may want to leave Kate Upton out of the conversation. Still, that doesn’t mean that I don’t have to include her…


Don’t overlook the “Guys Night In”.  Even with them getting a night away from you, it may be easier – and still just as fun – to order a few pizzas, buy a case of beer and watch a game on your big screen TV.  You can rant, rave and throw obscenities at each other (or your favorite team) as much as you want, all without the cold, icy stare.


The next time one of her shows is on, let her watch it and DVR your game.  That sort of generous and sweet bargaining will sit with her the next time her plans are on.  She will likely encourage you to get together with some pals, too.  The good word travels quicker, which could mean planning a guys night would be a walk in the park.

Getting a night away is healthy for your relationship.  It’s not a knock on how you feel about each other, and fortunately, THE WIFE and I are personally in a solid position of compromise.

But if you’re not, perhaps you can perfect the art of “piggybacking” – in whichever way you can – so that she can get a night away from sports.

After all, absence makes the heart grow fonder.  You’ll appreciate each other more the next day, sharing a moment or some fun and amusing stories from the night before.


The official definition, to be added to THE WIFETIONARY:piggybacking-wifetionary

Piggybacking – The art in which the male species anticipates a future GIRLS NIGHT out, then formulates a plan with his circle of friends, to ensure that the significant others of THE WIFE’S friends are able to get out and participate in a GUYS NIGHT on the same day.

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  1. admin April 5, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Lanchumpster… or is it ‘chupster’ now? I feel like that changes per post. Yeah, I guess nobody mentioned there was going to be math. Speaking of which… still surprised you didn’t drop by that Penguins post. I guess you were too down after Sidney took a puck to the face.

  2. admin April 5, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    I think that comment alone is proof that you’re still very much a single man, Rev.

  3. admin April 5, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Nice, Aero. Yes, I have done that as well… it is nice to have the big screen TV with no glares and attempts to switch to estrogen shows during the commercial breaks…

  4. admin April 5, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Darrell….thanks man, I appreciate that very much. Hey, I’m willing to accept a medal… need my address?!?!

  5. Lanchupster April 3, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    I was never good at Algebra. You lost me at Good Buddy X and Gal Pal Y.

  6. ChrisHumpherys April 2, 2013 at 7:04 AM

    When I read the title of the article, I immediately thought you meant taking advantage of her when she got home drunk… but that’s just how I operate.

    No surprise there.

  7. aero April 1, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    I encourage the wife to get together with her friends to relieve stress as often as possible. In turn I get the big tv and all the junk food and beer I can handle. Win-win.

  8. Darrell March 31, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Kevin, that’s absolutely brilliant. You deserve a medal.

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