} First, how could she do such a thing? Simply put, it's part of the
} secret world of women. They live in world that's similar to but not
} quite identical to yours. The differences are very small, but they're
} noticeable if you pay attention (or, for that matter, if you're an
} all-powerful omniscient being). For example, sounds in their world are
} of a slightly different tone. Colours are a shade off-shade. You may
} notice that when you're talking to a woman, she will sometimes, for no
} apparent reason, be looking a little bit to the left or right of you:
} that's because they inhabit this other universe that's overlaid -- but
} imperfectly overlaid -- on your own. (Woman will observe that men
} occasionally glance a foot or so below eye-level while in conversation;
} this is an altogether different phenomenon.)
} Unfortunately for you, in this not quite parallel universe,
} conventional logic does not apply. For a woman, it makes perfect sense
} to dump a nice guy for an alcoholic ex-flame. Oh, sometimes she'll
} play along and admit that it may be poor judgement, but then she'll
} claim that she can't help herself. Or, maybe, she'll be the one who
} changes him. Or even -- who knows? -- it's possible that he'll quit
} drinking, find a cure for cancer, feed the Third World and become the
} perfect boyfriend. Who are you to judge, buddy? Why I bet you never
} cared for her anyway. If you did, you would be more worried about her
} happiness than about criticizing a nice guy who's got enough problems
} of his own to deal with thank you very much.
} Sorry, I got carried away. It's a seductive little universe, theirs.
} So, what can you do? For a start, develop your own personal and
} inter-personal problems. Not necessarily alcoholism; there are a lot
} of options out there: start knocking over convenience stores, maybe try
} heroin (hell, you might like it), or whatever. Be creative. Will you
} win her back? No. But you might get some other guy's beautiful,
} charming and intelligent woman.
} Since we're on the topic, you might as well know that there are other
} over-laid universes as well, although the others are increasingly
} further removed from your own. Perhaps the most obvious one is the
} world of cats. Yet another one is -- well, I don't want to scare you.
} Let's just say it's a universe where Windows 95 is the most amazing
} piece of -- no, really, I guess you've had a bad enough day as it is.
} You owe the Oracle a dozen long-stemmed roses. 'Cuz hey, you've
} already lost your chick, but I really need those roses for
} you-know-who. And toss in some chocolates. No, they're for me.