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Old 08-20-2007, 05:17 PM   #29
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1. Yeah, it was getting frustrating for her. Trying to follow my expert hand signals as well as my well modulated voice commentary to provide additional information didn't work with her window up. I learned how to give trailer directions from her years of doing so (if Donna reads this I'm really toast)

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So Barry, what's it worth to you if Donna DOESN'T find the URL of this thread in an anonymous e-mail?
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Old 08-20-2007, 07:37 PM   #30
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(SNIP) "I HAVE memorized the married man's most practical response to pretty much anything my wife says in response to anything I happened to have said on the trip and it is now my mantra. It is, or course, "Oh yeah, right, sorry!" Mind you, I think she's getting a tad tired of this so if anyone has any other sayings that will keep me out of trouble and appearing appropriately humble that would be helpful."

My personal favorite:

Right again you are my dear, as you always are!

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Old 08-20-2007, 08:04 PM   #31
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So Barry, what's it worth to you if Donna DOESN'T find the URL of this thread in an anonymous e-mail?
All the aluminum dust and shavings I've been collecting in hopes that the scrap prices would go crazy.
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Old 08-20-2007, 08:09 PM   #32
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(SNIP) "I HAVE memorized the married man's most practical response to pretty much anything my wife says in response to anything I happened to have said on the trip and it is now my mantra. It is, or course, "Oh yeah, right, sorry!" Mind you, I think she's getting a tad tired of this so if anyone has any other sayings that will keep me out of trouble and appearing appropriately humble that would be helpful."

My personal favorite:

Right again you are my dear, as you always are!

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Jim, that's a good one. I'm finding "yes dear, sure dear, okay dear" works often but now and then she actually expects more of a response. Then I have to slide into "I guess I didn't quite hear you right dear, could you please repeat that?" and this time I actually listen to what she is saying. Then I can easily get away with either yours or my quote and be reasonably safe that she's not going to catch on.

It pays to think fast in these situations. I have a friend who says he's ordering off the internet a fake hearing aid that he'll wear for a short while, then keep "forgetting" it so his wife will be considerate of this. I know his wife - she'll figure it out real quick.

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Old 08-20-2007, 08:27 PM   #33
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and this time I actually listen to what she is saying.
THAT says it all.
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Old 08-20-2007, 10:12 PM   #34
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In addition to encouraging him to stuff his face *er* enjoy a snack while on the road, it also helps to let him be in charge of the radio/cd player.

It gives him something to do and is almost as good as letting him hold the remote...
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Old 08-21-2007, 05:18 AM   #35
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Hi Barry
My business partner says... Shaving regularly and liberal application of immac before using duct tape will help you no end...
He speaks from vast experience...


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It has been an interesting year .......
  • I have yet to learn the proper technique for duct tape removal. In particular the glue gets stuck in my mustache which is bothersome. I also find that having my hands taped behind my back for long periods of time causes my shoulders to get sore - does anyone have suggestions on these areas? My wife seems to think that a quick rip off of the tape eases the pain but no matter what, it still brings tears to my eyes and it's not just because I can fully breath again............
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Old 08-21-2007, 11:02 AM   #36
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Please pass on my sincere hanks for the tips. I have found the only real difficult part now is removing the glue residue. When the family cat decides to wake me early and he rubs his face/whiskers on my face to make me aware that he's there his fur sticks. Also, I've mentioned a time or two to Donna that the same thing happens when she forgets to go to her waxing appointments. More bruising, but well worth the shocked look .

It's funny/sad, a friend from the old home town recently went through some serious medical issues and he told me on Sunday that depending on his wife for transportation was very difficult for him as well. He said he can tell you where every manhole cover between their house and the emergency is because she managed to hit every one of them, every time, on their trips to and from. He had a brief discussion with his doctor and expressed his concerns and the doctor was kind enough to mention to the wife that her husband should probably drive home as it was good distraction for him.

We concurred that riding shotgun is a difficult thing for a guy to handle, it's hard on the vehicles, and the coaching and insight we provide is seldom taken in context. Perhaps it's the fear in our voices as we say something? I always thought when you lost your hair people thought you were wise - particularly ones wife.

Oh, yeah, one more learning piece. Facial expressions. Showing fear by having wide eyes and your mouth wide open even if there's nothing coming out as you are careening into a corner/intersection/merge lane is still apparently considered criticism. So is sweating profusely, taking deep breaths, and putting your head between your knees and covering it with your arms.

and another thing - being caught adding stuff to the cars medical emergency kit is really considered to be a big no-no. Did you know that even when it's 80 degrees out one can still get an icy look and feel a chill?

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Hi Barry

I am told lighter fuel works for this as long as u don't smoke straight after...
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Please pass on my sincere hanks for the tips. I have found the only real difficult part now is removing the glue residue. When the family cat decides to wake me early and he rubs his face/whiskers on my face to make me aware that he's there his fur sticks. Also, I've mentioned a time or two to Donna that the same thing happens when she forgets to go to her waxing appointments. More bruising, but well worth the shocked look
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Old 08-21-2007, 02:25 PM   #38
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Several years ago before we had children, my wife and I were on a road trip and I got very sleepy so I asked my wife if she would drive for a while. It didn't take long for me to remember why I do all of the driving. I soon told her I could take over again...I thought the risk were worth it.

A few years later while returning from a leaf viewing trip to North Carolina I again felt drowsy and asked my wife to drive for a while. And once again I was reminded why I do all of the driving.

Some years later my wife picked me up after dropping my truck off at the local Ford dealer for repairs and drove us home. The next morning I instituted a new morning routine of praying for my family's safe journey to school and back home. I continue this routine to this day. I have faith and just don't think about it.
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Amen, M-M. I hear you and I can relate.

Thanks for sharing. I realize it's very personal for those of us who are forced to ride on "the other side of the TV". Some handle it well, others, like me, say many a silent prayer for the others on the roads.

I'm really getting into trouble here if Donna ever sees this stuff. I'm SOOOO glad I password protected my computer....

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