Paul Fulford; A different view of life in Birmingham.
There are toothpaste stains on the sink. Keys that are left in strange places in which they can't be found. Shoes scattered on the bedroom floor. Tea that's made too weak.
Then there's a daddy of them all... that phone call I receive whilst studying form in the bookies ordering me to buy numerous items from numerous shops on the way home.
The list of ways in which modern marriages are put under pressure is long and infinitely varied.
But I can honestly say that I don't believe my own will be harmed in the least if two blokes called Clive and Kevin decide to tie the knot. Nor, for that matter, two girls called Cathy and Katie.
I might recoil at their choice of white, three-piece suits as wedding outfits and their selection of Gloria Gaynor tracks for their reception, but that's just a matter of personal taste.
However, it truly baffles me that opponents of same-sex weddings argue that such unions would undermine traditional marriages.
Personally, I'm a bit sceptical and think the institution of marriage is essentially an economic structure.
But if people choose to believe that some ancient, beardy being in the sky has decreed that we mortals should only have sex with members of the opposite gender, and after having our relationship recognised and formalised by some sort of religious ritual, let them believe that.
They shouldn't, though, expect nor demand the right to dictate to others that their oldfashioned views are the only valid beliefs to hold.
Let the law be enacted. There are more important things to fret about.
MORE important things such as last week's tragic and shocking killing of Drummer Lee Rigby That it unfolded so swiftly in the public gaze because of the immediacy and capacity of modern technology added to its sickening impact.
Yet despite the many photographs, despite all film footage and despite all the eye witness accounts, nutters have already been busy speculating on the web that all might not have been as it seemed, even that it didn't happen.
They'd do well to acquaint themselves with Occam's Razor which says that the theory with the fewest assumptions is usually the correct one.
In this case the answer is simple - an innocent soldier was killed by two evil fanatics.