," she'd boasted to her friends) and maintained a regular routine of caring for it, both inside and out.Nikki's previous relationship had been with a man who was as disorganized and lacking in ambition as Max was organized and goal-directed.Such scenarios made Nikki think of the comedy , and at first she tried to get over her annoyance by telling herself that she was better off being with a "Felix" than an "Oscar." She didn't want to come across as a complainer, but she did find this annoying.What eventually began to concern Nikki more about Max had nothing to do with his apparent perfectionism, or even his excessive tidiness.She'd even gotten the impression that this fellow might be looking for someone to support him. Nikki was a professional herself -- a computer programmer -- and her work, like Max's, demanded organization and attention to detail.First Signs One thing that started to bother Nikki after six months of dating Max was his habit of cleaning up after her without giving her a chance to do it herself.Rather, it was the rigidity of his thinking, specifically his beliefs and values.From Nikki's perspective, it was one thing to be moral and scrupulous and another to be set in your ways.
She felt that she had decent values herself and tried to live by them.
But Max's ideas about right versus wrong struck her as overly rigid, almost cruelly so.