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My wife and my car (archive)

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Posted by Simeon on April 22, 2002 at 18:49:13:

In Reply to: OT: Something we think is a joke... but turns out posted by Big-M on April 20, 2002 at 23:45:45:

One of the basic rules in our house is, my children & I live in my wife's house. I own it, I pay the mortgage & taxes etc. but within the four walls and under the roof, it is her domain. Issues involving maintainence and up keep, projects like a deck, are mine, but most everything else is her domain. One of the things that I discovered over 20 years ago was that I valued harmony in the house. If I want aggravation, I'll stay in work. When I arrive home from work, the last thing I want is controversy.

Therefore, before I start something with the car, I always check to see "which way the wind is blowing". What this means is, if I want a $1,000 modification, say Dinan brakes, and I know there is something she would like for the home, for instance, a love seat or some furnishing, I will ensure she gets the desired item the day before I get the mod.

For instance, last fall my wife was starting to comment about some of the expenditure going for the car. So for her birthday, I went to a jewelry store and bought her something I knew she would want to exchange. This entailed both of us going back to the jewelry store for her to select an item she found more desireable. Of course, I accomodated her selection and on the way home, I called VAC to ask about the port & polish work I was considering at the time, with my bride, happy about her new acquisition sitting right next to me in the car as I made the call......Nada, not a peep about the modification.

It's the golden rule,....put yourself in her shoes, and treat her the way you would want to be treated were the situation reversed.

It is better to have dinner WAITING for you, instead of COMING AT you when you arrive home from work.

My car is my Baby, but my wife is my wife. Make sure each woman believes she is the primary female, or you are in for a difficult time. Actually, I never heard of a car wielding an iron skillet, as I understand an angry wife is wont to do from time to time. Proceed cautiously.


to be a rather tense subject when you come to think of it: The Wife Vs The 7 !

Is it "moral" to take some of the cash you make into the modifying-my-7 factory ??? Yeah... she IS understanding & keen to serving your obsession.. but what about the "house" ?!

It really gets "a lotta laughs from lots o folks" this issue... but you know ? It's kinda getting to me personally... Arguments over how & what a guy is to spend on his 7 is no more small... it IS an issue.

How do you guys see it ? Is it normal ? Getting out of hand ? Should we REALLY "give up a bit a stuff...?" I personally think its so crazy how 2 totally separate aspects of your life interfere gradually to spin a headache-making issue...

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