In regards to that whole raise controversy, I'm a very supportive person to both Patti and the girls. When I was approached about this, my initial feelings were from the old school of "it never hurts to ask," but do it the right way and be professional. So, the train wreck that occurred because of it, well, what did she expect? I would have had the exact same reaction as Patti. If a person feels entitled to a raise, fine, but think it through first. I like to give people the benefit of the doubt, which backfires sometimes.
Being the only guy, I have to put up with a lot of moods, girl talk, complaints, randomness and shopping, but I think I handle it well. It's like watching a play to me. I get to see them go off on each other, argue one minute, laugh the next, model outfits, you name it. All I need is the popcorn and I'm set. I'm like a rooster with a mohawk in a henhouse. No, maybe not. That's a horrible way to put it. How about this -- I'm like the male bass player in an otherwise all-girl band. I'm quiet, do my job, contribute and don't let things get to me as long as we end up making great music together in the end, which we do.