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Married Without A Clue

Posted by Non-Hamster on May 1st, 2011

I can't help but pity Joe Bob.  The poor guy is in the doghouse big time.  Last week was his first wedding anniversary and while I have no doubt that he meant well, he made a critical mistake in choosing an anniversary gift.

You see his wife has been complaining for some time because their vacuum cleaner is really old, only sort of works and is nearly impossible to find bags for it.  Add to that it's one of the bloody loudest machines of it's ilk that I have had the misfortune to hear.

Joe Bob got her a new bagless vacuum cleaner . . . for their first wedding anniversary.

Those who have been married more than a few years will instantly recognize the horrible mistake he made.  Useful things, like that vacuum cleaner, or kitchen stuff & so on are among the absolute worst anniversary gifts for wife.  Oh they're great gifts but never ever give something like that for an important occasion like a birthday, anniversary, mother's day and so on.  Save things like that for times that are at least a week away from such occasions.  Then she'll appreciate them a lot more and you won't end up in the doghouse like poor Joe Bob.

Oh, and for the record, she loves the new vacuum cleaner.  She just would rather have not gotten it for her anniversary.  Any woman will tell you that for such occasions the thing to do is give her something that is NOT a "useful thing"... such as flowers, a trip out to her favorite restaurant and movie and so on.

I once made a boquet of sharpened pencils for my wife for Christmas because she loved the Tom Hanks movie "You've Got Mail" in which he says something in an email about sending her a bouquet of sharpened pencils if he had her name and address.  It was just a length of cardboard tubing from an empty roll of wrapping paper with a dozen brand new freshly sharpened pencils sticking out of the top like the stick-like petals of some kind of strange wooden flower.

She kept it on her desk for nearly ten years.

. . . 'nuff said.

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