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NewHampster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 09:23 AM
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My Wife of 30 years left today
For a one week vacation without me! Off to visit her sister in N.C. This is a yearly sister gig in Myrtle Beach with outlet shopping, cig smoking in the house and fried food up the kazoo.

People can't imagine the pressure this takes off me and my 18 year old son. This is an extremely hard working woman in a sometimes stressful career. She's an Anesthetist that holds your life in her hands during surgery, while reading Newsweek and two novels a week.

She deserves a nice long break with her sister and we deserve a week without her.

A week without The Obsessive One.
A week to watch Spike TV if I want.
A week for the kid to stay out late with his girlfriend and not get a call every hour asking where he is.
A week to maybe work from home while not being asked to vacuum, go to the store or call the kids.
A week to waste some time on what she calls "that stupid DU place".

My working vacation week that I look forward to every year.

What should I do different this year? Something that's basically free since I'm broke.

Maybe I'll blow off work one day, put on the waders and try for a Lake Winni Salmon. Maybe I'll go to a bar and stay out late flirting with the babes. Perhaps, I'll visit Kerry HQ and get me a bumper sticky thingy to put above DU on my van. Maybe I'll go look at new cars and take a Mini for a test ride.

Or I can go rake more leaves, watch the Sox and take Charlie for a run and go try for a Salmon.

At least this week the decision is MINE all MINE.

Suggestions welcome.



O8)

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Streetdoc270 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 09:29 AM
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1. Lunch....
at a strip club :evilgrin:

I usually spend time with my hobbies when my wife goes to visit her parents.
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NewHampster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 09:32 AM
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2. Thanks I almost forgot the $5 buffet lunch with a view
:toast:
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demsrule4life Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 09:38 AM
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3. Uncle Sam sent my wife of 30
years to work at another location for a year. I guess the best benefit is being able to drink a few beers without raised eyebrows. :)
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BostonTeaParty04 Donating Member (512 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 09:38 AM
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4. Dude, spend this week thinking about how the rest of the year should be!
Sounds like you have a drill sargeant running your household and life!

I would write up an 'as diplomatic as possible' declaration that some things need to change! As an intro, explain the GLEE and JOY that you have when she takes her week off without you.... that you look forward to it more than you do your own vacations!

I suppose she can harrangue the son, if the kid is still in the house. That's fair.

You are hen-pecked. Is she providing such a luxurious and secure living sitation that she gets to run roughshod over you and criticize your interests, etc?

Definitely steal away a day of work.... maybe even drive somewhere... spend a night out.

Good luck when she gets back. She sounds quite terrible. I hope there's something in it for you. yikes.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 09:46 AM
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5. Now Now... People who have been married a long time
get along fiine, but a little "away" time is fun...

My husband worked in Vegas for almost 2 years, and I must say it was wonderful to be able to "fix dinner" at midnight...or run the vacuum at 2 am if I wanted..

One year, all I wanted for Mother's Day was for DAD to take the three boys SOMEWHERE...ANYWHERE... and leave me alone for the day :).. It was a great day :)
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BostonTeaParty04 Donating Member (512 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 10:17 AM
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10. I hear you.....
we were 4 children, and one mother's day, when we were all pretty young (so dad did the gift shopping), 'we' gave her TWO waffle irons! She spent the day making waffles for us! Cruel. They didn't divorced until many years later. Surprised my mother withstood it as long as she did.

WAFFLE IRONS.... you tell 4 kids that you aren't going to make them waffles with the new-fangled contraptions!

But this guy's wife? She sounds like a total drag. If her stressful job makes her a terror, shouldn't she be responsible for becoming a bit better natured?
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NewHampster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 11:06 AM
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16. When did you meet my wife?
But this guy's wife? She sounds like a total drag. If her stressful job makes her a terror, shouldn't she be responsible for becoming a bit better natured?"

The difference between you and I is I know that even though she's the (B word we shall not speak) and I'm perfect, I'm as much at fault as she. I'm Ray Romano's dad in spades. I let this happen over years and realize who they meant when saying you can't teach old dogs new tricks.

Besides. She's still the most beautiful Blondish Redhead I know.
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Tandalayo_Scheisskopf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 09:47 AM
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6. Go fishing for Catfish.
Slow and easy fun. Drink beer. Catch fish. Clean fish. Fry fish. Eat fish. Burp. Fart. Be a guy.
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NewHampster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 10:02 AM
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7. After 30 years I do lots of that anyway
But I do think I'll go fishing.

I'm a catch and release fly fisherman so skinning a cat is out.
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oneighty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 10:03 AM
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8. Call her every day
make sure she is having fun.

180
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NewHampster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 10:05 AM
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9. don't worry she'll call here every day
sometimes twice. I'll let her use her dime.
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The empressof all Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 10:44 AM
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11. What you need to do is
Vacuum--even under the sofa---really really well

Go to the store---use coupons

Call the kids especially the one with the girlfriend at least every half hour


Spend time obsessing for your vacating wife. Let her know you are up to that task.


For extra measure Please clean the gutters but make sure you have a kid over with you to call 911 in the event you fall. (sometime obsessive thinking is a good thing)

Miss your wife and call her alot!
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NewHampster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 11:00 AM
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15. All the above will be done
the night before she comes home.

I'm on strike for the week.

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ScrewyRabbit Donating Member (522 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 10:55 AM
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12. I'm rooting for the Mini test drive!
Just bought one, and it's the funnest thing I've ever driven...
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NewHampster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 11:00 AM
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14. I really want one
But only when I can afford a second car, which looks like never. I don't even think my fishing rods would fit, let alone a ski rack and all the crap we take with us.

Alas every family needs at least one rig bigger than a bread box and mine is it. Damn

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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 10:57 AM
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13. Jesus, this was a scary post. But I know that you did it on purpose
Have a good time on your own, and do all you would like, but don't neglect the dog, since he is bound to be lonely. The salmon sounds great. Check out The Food Network with suggestions of how to cook it. And time spent on DU is never a waste. You have a Kerry HQ in your town? Lucky guy. We don't even have any registered Democrats here in mine. Just have fun. I know that, by the time she comes back, you will be more than ready to welcome her back. :-)
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UrbScotty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 11:36 AM
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17. Congratulations! LOL
Go BoSox!
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NewHampster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 11:42 AM
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18. You can say that again
Go BoSox
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ChavezSpeakstheTruth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 11:51 AM
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19. Man, I thought condolences were in order - DON'T DO THAT!!!
Or congratulations!

I think you should walk around in your underware, eat pizza, drink beer and watch Simpsons re-runs all day, every day!

And listen to Coltrane real loud!
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NewHampster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 12:07 PM
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20. Excellent Suggestions but as much as I love Coltrain
I'm listening to Sonny Terry and Brownie.

damn dog just heaved.......grrrrrrr
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ChavezSpeakstheTruth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 12:53 PM
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21. Then the blues is appropriate
Good luck with that---yuck!
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Kat45 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 01:20 PM
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22. You've been married for 30 years???!!!!
You didn't look nearly old enough to have been married that long. (And that's not a comment on the stress of married life; it's just a comment on you looking much younger than one who would have been an adult 30 years ago.)
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NewHampster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 01:37 PM
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24. I wasn't an adult when I got married
I was a very dumb 23. I wouldn't change a thing because of two young adults I would never have known.

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ewagner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 01:32 PM
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23. When my wife of 29 years goes away for a day or two
I luxuriate in being a slob.....

no doing dishes.
no vacuuming
eating in the living room
using the living room rug as a putting green.

Until I know she's four hours away....then....

RED ALERT

Everything get cleaned in a big hurry. Usually looks pretty good by the time she comes home....
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NewHampster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 01:38 PM
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25. They are our Moms, aren't they?
We boys never really leave our mommy we just transfer the name.
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retread Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 02:01 PM
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26. In exchange for sharing her life with me , she requires I
adopt a thin veneer of civilization.
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latebloomer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 03:18 PM
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27. Why did I imagine you were around 20 years old?
Edited on Sun Apr-18-04 03:19 PM by latebloomer
I have no idea-- I just pictured you that way.
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