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December 16th, 2006
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In order to ensure domestic tranquility...don't do this.
When I got home from errands today, prettypammie took a moment to have a heart-to-heart with me. You see, she explained, it really perturbed her when I take something out and don't put it away--or put some of it away, but overall leave things more cluttered than they were when I started. She suggested that I do my best to set an example of de-cluttering for our son. She explained that she didn't want to model men cluttering and women cleaning up. While she was making her point, I was busy unpacking "her" present [more on that later] at the dining room table. Nodding my head, I made noises of agreement. She was, of course, absolutely right and all that.

As we wrapped up our little talk, I was unwrapping a last couple of parts from their individual plastic bags. I made one last noise of concurrence as I handed her the crumpled, empty bags. Having thoroughly made her point, she turned around and headed off towards the garbage can with the bags; I turned back to figuring out the new gadget.

Moments later, I found myself being chased around the dining room table by an extremely upset-sounding woman, promising painful revenge, and brandishing what appeared to be a handful of discarded plastic bags.

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From:elfwench
Date:December 17th, 2006 03:53 am (UTC)
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Oh, bad move! :o And you are still alive to type this? LOL Must be love! ;)
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From:happypete
Date:December 17th, 2006 02:28 pm (UTC)

oh, I'd say she's used to my tricks...

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and yes, we are also rather keen for one another.
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From:born_to_me
Date:December 17th, 2006 05:15 am (UTC)
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Sheesh. You sound *way* too much like gundo for comfort! Poor prettypammie, bless her heart. She *suffers*!

*grin*
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From:happypete
Date:December 17th, 2006 02:29 pm (UTC)

at least we have a good laugh along the way

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you should have heard her chortling wildly when she read this post, and the responses.
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From:born_to_me
Date:December 17th, 2006 03:19 pm (UTC)

Re: at least we have a good laugh along the way

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*grin* I can imagine. One of the greatest 'threats' in our house is "I'm going to LJ that!!"

Poor prettypammie. I think she and I suffer similarly. Tell her she and I can commiserate when our partners think they're funny... ;-)
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From:vettecat
Date:December 17th, 2006 05:56 am (UTC)
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Sounds very familiar...
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From:happypete
Date:December 17th, 2006 02:31 pm (UTC)

perhaps that's the down-side...

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...of living with those who are strong in the geek side of the force?
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From:vettecat
Date:December 18th, 2006 05:24 am (UTC)

Re: perhaps that's the down-side...

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I think it's more likely an ADHD thing.
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From:happypete
Date:December 18th, 2006 02:00 pm (UTC)

Re: perhaps that's the down-side...

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Oh, it's definitely that...We get started on som...

Ooo. Shiny. /me wanders off
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From:vettecat
Date:December 19th, 2006 07:31 am (UTC)

Re: perhaps that's the down-side...

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Yup, sounds about right...
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From:valiskeogh
Date:December 17th, 2006 06:19 am (UTC)
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love it!
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From:happypete
Date:December 17th, 2006 02:33 pm (UTC)

oh, it was definitely a priceless moment...

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I still need to take time to write down the story of Pam's present. I'll presage it by hinting that it's a mop, a special mop. What could be special about a mop, you might ask? This one, even her husband will use.
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From:born_to_me
Date:December 17th, 2006 03:20 pm (UTC)

Re: oh, it was definitely a priceless moment...

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Geek Moppage!?!
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From:nolly
Date:December 20th, 2006 11:05 pm (UTC)

Re: oh, it was definitely a priceless moment...

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Scooba?
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From:happypete
Date:December 20th, 2006 11:29 pm (UTC)

Re: oh, it was definitely a priceless moment...

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Oh, foo...You got it in one.
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From:nolly
Date:December 20th, 2006 11:40 pm (UTC)

Re: oh, it was definitely a priceless moment...

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Your hint didn't leave too many possibilities, at least in my mind. :)
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From:happypete
Date:December 21st, 2006 01:06 am (UTC)

Re: oh, it was definitely a priceless moment...

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Well, at least prettypammie was surprised...

And the thing does a great job, I might add.
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From:christilyn
Date:December 17th, 2006 04:14 pm (UTC)
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I just LOVE your wife...
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From:happypete
Date:December 17th, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC)

funny thing, that...

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so do I!
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From:dcseain
Date:December 17th, 2006 04:42 pm (UTC)
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You handed her the bags, without asking her to please throw them out. And you lived to tell. prettypammie is a very kind woman.
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From:happypete
Date:December 17th, 2006 04:50 pm (UTC)

I think you're missing all the layers here...

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while she was chewing me out for making her declutter, instead of doing it myself, I handed her clutter without a word; without realizing at first what she was doing, she accepted them and proceeded to take them to the trash can.

It was only when she was partly to the trash can that it dawned on her what had happened.

As to whether I planned this mid-stream and did it consciously to tease her or merely handed her the trash on autopilot--on that question I will remain silent and let everyone draw their own conclusions.
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From:owenthomas
Date:December 17th, 2006 07:24 pm (UTC)

Re: I think you're missing all the layers here...

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One vote for autopilot here. (Love ya, bro!)
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From:jjblum
Date:December 18th, 2006 02:48 am (UTC)
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I think you are a very lucky man!
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From:happypete
Date:December 18th, 2006 03:51 am (UTC)

true enough...

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we had quite a laugh over it, after all the chasing...
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