A man walking along a California beach was deep in thought.

Suddenly, he spotted a bottle which he opened and a genie appeared who said, “Because you have tried to be a good person in every way, I will grant you one wish.”

The man said, “Build a bridge to Hawaii so I can drive over anytime I want.” The genie said, “Your request is very materialistic. Think of the enormous challenges for that kind of undertaking. The supports required to reach the bottom of the Pacific! The concrete and steel it would take! It will nearly exhaust several natural resources. I can do it, but it is hard for me to justify your desire for worldly things.

Take a little more time and think of something that would honor the sanctity of life.

The man thought about it for a long time.

Finally he said, “ I wish that I could understand my wife. I want to know how she feels inside, what she’s thinking when she gives me the silent treatment, why she cries, what she means when she says nothing’s wrong, and how I can make a woman truly happy.”

The genie replied, “You want two lanes or four lanes on that bridge?”