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Old 04-05-2006, 08:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Rules for buying men gifts

Rule #1: When in doubt - buy him a cordless drill. It does not matter if he already has one. I have a friend who owns 17 and he has yet to complain. As a man, you can never have too many cordless drills. No one knows why.

Rule #2: If you cannot afford a cordless drill, buy him anything with the word ratchet or socket in it. Men love saying those two words. "Hey George, can I borrow your ratchet?" "OK. By-the-way, are you through with my 3/8-inch socket yet?" Again, no one knows why.

Rule #3: If you are really, really broke, buy him anything for his car. A 99-cent ice scraper, a small bottle of de-icer or something to hang from his rear view mirror. Men love gifts for their cars. No one knows why.

Rule #4: Do not buy men socks. Do not buy men ties. And never buy men bathrobes. I was told that if God had wanted men to wear bathrobes, he wouldn't have invented Jockey shorts.

Rule #5: You can buy men new remote controls to replace the ones they have worn out.If you have a lot of money buy your man a big-screen TV with the little picture in the corner. Watch him go wild as he flips, and flips, and flips.

Rule #6: Do not buy a man any of those fancy liqueurs. If you do, it will sit in a cupboard for 23 years. Real men drink whiskey or beer.

Rule #7: Do not buy any man industrial-sized canisters of after shave or deodorant. I'm told they do not stink - they are earthy.

Rule #8: Buy men label makers. Almost as good as cordless drills. Within a couple of weeks there will be labels absolutely everywhere. "Socks. Shorts. Cups. Saucers. Door. Lock. Sink." You get the idea. No one knows why.

Rule #9: Never buy a man anything that says "some assembly required" on the box. It will ruin his Special Day and he will always have parts left over.

Rule #10: Good places to shop for men include Northwest Iron Works, Parr Lumber, Home Depot, John Deere, Valley RV Center, and Les Schwab Tire. (NAPA Auto Parts and Sears' Clearance Centers are also excellent men's stores. It doesn't matter if he doesn't know what it is. "From NAPA Auto,eh? Must be something I need. Hey! Isn't this a starter for a '68 Ford Fairlane? Wow! Thanks."

Rule #11 Men enjoy danger. That's why they never cook - but they will barbecue. Get him a monster barbecue with a 100-pound propane tank. Tell him the gas line leaks. "Oh the thrill! The challenge! Who wants a hamburger?"

Rule #12: Tickets to a Patriots game are a smart gift. However, he will not appreciate tickets to "A Retrospective of 19th Century Quilts." Everyone knows why.

Rule #13: Men love chainsaws. Never, ever, buy a man you love a chainsaw. If you don't know why - please refer to Rule #8 and what happens when he gets a label maker.

Rule #14: It's hard to beat a really good wheelbarrow or an aluminum extension ladder. Never buy a real man a step ladder. It must be an extension ladder. No one knows why.

Rule #15: Rope. Men love rope. It takes us back to our cowboy origins, or at least The Boy Scouts. Nothing says love like a hundred feet of 3/8" manilla rope. No one knows why.
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Old 04-05-2006, 08:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Man I suck.. I totally don't want any of that shit
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Old 04-05-2006, 08:52 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Man I suck.. I totally don't want any of that shit
that's it - turn in your man-card...
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Old 04-05-2006, 08:57 AM   #4 (permalink)
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"Some Assembly Required" is the fun part, unless of course its for someone else.

Also, I like socks just fine thank you.
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Old 04-05-2006, 09:44 AM   #5 (permalink)
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No one knows why.
Oh we know why, we're just not telling you.







OK, we don't know either...shhhhhh, don't tell
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Old 04-05-2006, 10:29 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Rule #8: Buy men label makers. Almost as good as cordless drills. Within a couple of weeks there will be labels absolutely everywhere. "Socks. Shorts. Cups. Saucers. Door. Lock. Sink." You get the idea. No one knows why.
label the label maker, i do that at work all the time.
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Old 04-05-2006, 10:38 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Rule #12: Tickets to a Patriots game are a smart gift.
A New England-based sports team? Why, Mal, I'm pleasantly surprised. You may be coming around after all!

(I like ties. My mom and mother-in-law give me ties. I can't wait until Tigger tries to find me ties.)
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Old 04-05-2006, 10:43 AM   #8 (permalink)
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A New England-based sports team? Why, Mal, I'm pleasantly surprised. You may be coming around after all!
further proofof my insanity...
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Old 04-06-2006, 03:39 PM   #9 (permalink)
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LOL! I always have a hard time finding gifts for my man-friends. No longer!

Note: I *actually* laughed out loud for a few of these.
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Old 04-06-2006, 03:59 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I found my second cordless drill handy (no need to change from drill bit to driver), but I returned the third.

Last fall I got to assemble a bbq that was a gift. I used my cordless drill and my socket set.
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Old 04-07-2006, 05:46 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Rule #10: Good places to shop for men include Northwest Iron Works, Parr Lumber, Home Depot, John Deere, Valley RV Center, and Les Schwab Tire. (NAPA Auto Parts and Sears' Clearance Centers are also excellent men's stores. It doesn't matter if he doesn't know what it is. "From NAPA Auto,eh? Must be something I need. Hey! Isn't this a starter for a '68 Ford Fairlane? Wow! Thanks."
you forgot Cabela's and Gander Mountain
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Old 04-07-2006, 05:59 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Old 04-07-2006, 10:48 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Rule #9: Never buy a man anything that says "some assembly required" on the box. It will ruin his Special Day and he will always have parts left over.
No this one is wrong. It becomes a bad idea only when you insist he follow the assembly instructions. And left over parts are evidence of a mans ability to outsmart the manufacturer. For example, "Look at this honey, (insert company name here) needed 15 screws to put this work bench together. I only needed 2 screws and 15 feet of duct tape"
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Old 04-07-2006, 11:12 AM   #14 (permalink)
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"Here Ben, I bought you beer."

The sweetest words ever spoken.
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Old 04-07-2006, 02:08 PM   #15 (permalink)
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after reading this, i am so eager to turn in my man card. although a nice bottle of johnny walker is all ways aprecciated.

you men are so boring.
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Old 04-07-2006, 02:58 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Rule #5: You can buy men new remote controls to replace the ones they have worn out.If you have a lot of money buy your man a big-screen TV with the little picture in the corner. Watch him go wild as he flips, and flips, and flips.
And if you do buy us a big screen TV, you do NOT get to complain that we don't pay enough attention to you because we are watching TV.

And you do NOT get to interrupt us while we watch TV.
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Old 04-07-2006, 04:59 PM   #17 (permalink)
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There was nothing about sex on the list. I always try to get sex on my birthday from my better half. I usually get socks. (she says she must have heared me wrong)
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Old 04-10-2006, 07:39 AM   #18 (permalink)
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There was nothing about sex on the list. I always try to get sex on my birthday from my better half. I usually get socks. (she says she must have heared me wrong)
"There are things that you wear
When you put on your clothes
There are boys who wear tubes
And girls who wear hose
If you wanna keep me warm
When the freezing cold winds blow
Don't give me your lovin', forget it
Just give me a pair of those
I want your sox"

- from 'I Want Your Sox', the Iceman (aka Travelling Pillsberries, aka Guns 'n Moses)
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Old 04-10-2006, 07:44 AM   #19 (permalink)
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I could use a ladder or some rope... I already have two cordless drills.

Then again, I like to cook, like to get "some assembly required" packages and like fancy mousturizers and such.

Though I have to admit, Ben's is the best gift of all... beer.
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Old 04-12-2006, 02:55 AM   #20 (permalink)
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label the label maker, i do that at work all the time.
I did that at work the day we got in the label maker. I went on a crazy labelling spree... including labelling the label maker.
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Old 04-12-2006, 05:55 AM   #21 (permalink)
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I did that at work the day we got in the label maker. I went on a crazy labelling spree... including labelling the label maker.
Which always reminds me of an old Dilbert comic...
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Why are you putting a sign on the coffee maker?

It's an ISO9000 requirement. Everything must be clearly labeled. There can be no exceptions.

That's stupid.

Believe me, I don't like it any more than you do. (stupid label guy)
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Old 04-20-2006, 10:18 AM   #22 (permalink)
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HAH! Its all about number 13!
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Old 04-20-2006, 12:35 PM   #23 (permalink)
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I'll take one Rigid drill.... a Metric set of sockets and a natural gas BBQ. Maybe some other tools.... but they're never the right ones.
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Old 04-20-2006, 12:42 PM   #24 (permalink)
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"Here Ben, I bought you beer."

The sweetest words ever spoken.
we got ya covered under Rule #6
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Rule #6: Do not buy a man any of those fancy liqueurs. If you do, it will sit in a cupboard for 23 years. Real men drink whiskey or beer.
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Old 04-21-2006, 12:40 AM   #25 (permalink)
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Car stuff? Meh...

Now bike stuff, that is another story. Any sort of widget for my bike would be perfect!
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