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Now, I am somewhat different in terms of the way my public life
and my personal life impact upon one another. I'll tell you
how. Several years ago I made a decision, which was that I
was not going to let the public life impose on my social life
on the week-ends. So with rare exceptions I do not take
political engagements for Friday night, Saturday night, Sunday
night. I will during the day.
Firstly, I don't like the big dinners -- nobody does.
They're a big bore. But other people have to go to them because
they think that's the only place they can meet people.
They'll even go to weddings; they'll go to bar mitzvahs. I
don't go to that stuff. I mean I go for personal friends,
but never for political purposes. And I don't go to that
stuff. I mean I go for personal friends but never for
political purposes, and I don't go to political dinners, because
I see my constituents at the subway, and they don't do that.
I've been doing that -- I've told you -- for seven years. I
was there this morning at 33rd Street and Park Avenue. In
any event, other members have a very difficult personal life
because they can't devote enough time to their families, and
they are miserable about it, and certainly their wives are.
Why they don't do what I do amazes me, but they don't.
I also believe that a great number of marriages break up
either in fact or legally as a result of this inability to spend
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