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NicholasStewart
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I was making a list of worst valentine's day gifts.

Here's what I have so far:
A treadmill
Dexitrim or Slimfast
self-help book
toilet plunger
toilet brush
Bottle of Listerine
Deoderant
Poem written for someone else
Dear John letter
divorce papers

What are some other good ones?

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Plastic surgery voucher
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barbeque fork bought for parents' Christmas present, who turned out to already have one
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Candy you gave the other person--last year.

Flowers you gave the other person--last year.

"Original poem" that is in reality rather obvious song lyrics from a top 20 tune.

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Jewelry you repossessed from a previous girlfriend.
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chlamydia

[Smile]

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Tante Shvester
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brojack wins the thread! [Hat]
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That doesn't help the burning

[Eek!]

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Ew. [Eek!]
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quote:
Originally posted by brojack17:
That doesn't help the burning

[Eek!]

Brojack wins the thread again.
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Obligatory gift-giving, like is expected for Christmas, Valentine's Day, and birthdays, fill me with stress and dread. One year I actually dumped my girlfriend instead of dealing with the stress of figuring out what to get her.
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One year I actually dumped my girlfriend instead of dealing with the stress of figuring out what to get her.
You must not have liked her much. Any guy who breaks a girl's heart rather than, you know, buy some flowers must not be all that invested to begin with.
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quote:
Originally posted by katharina:
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One year I actually dumped my girlfriend instead of dealing with the stress of figuring out what to get her.
You must not have liked her much. Any guy who breaks a girl's heart rather than, you know, buy some flowers must not be all that invested to begin with.
Or, you know, it could be that he cared about her so much that his inability to think of a gift he felt would be worthy of her seemed indicative of his own inadequacy, and rather than subject her to his continued unworthiness, he let her go.

Not that that's necessarily the case, but your comment was pretty kick-you-in-the-face rude.

Edit to add: I also like how your immediate assumption is not only that he "must not have liked her very much," but also that the girl is automatically so invested in the relationship that dumping her "breaks (her) heart."

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katharina
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It wasn't meant to be rude - it was an observation. I suppose it is also a reflection of what I would think - if someone would rather not be with me than 1) ask me what I wanted or 2) buy some flowers, then I would think that being with me was not more important to him than his desire to avoid having to buy me a present.

Yeah, the "break her heart" line was a bit much, but I wanted to show what the risk of it was. I can't even imagine the horror of being in love with someone who breaks up with me because he was stressed out inside of himself. The risk here is not the bowing out of a collective made-up holiday.

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Tante Shvester
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quote:
Originally posted by mr_porteiro_head:
I actually dumped my girlfriend instead of dealing with the stress of figuring out what to get her.

I'm sure that made your wife happy, though.
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I actually over-stated what happened. The impending holiday was not the only reason why I broke up with her, but it was a contributing factor.

It wasn't just that I didn't want to figure out what to get her (although that prospect still, to this day, makes my chest tighten in stress), it's that this already difficult task was made almost insurmountable by the fact that I didn't know how I felt about her anymore. How can I express my feelings toward her when I don't even know what they are?

We almost certainly would have broken up soon anyway, but the encroaching holiday sped things up.

Also, let me mention that we were both 14 years old. Not that being young and immature is an excuse for treating badly, but it can be a mitagating factor.

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quote:
Originally posted by Tante Shvester:
quote:
Originally posted by mr_porteiro_head:
I actually dumped my girlfriend instead of dealing with the stress of figuring out what to get her.

I'm sure that made your wife happy, though.
[Razz]
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I can't even imagine the horror of being in love with someone who breaks up with me because he was stressed out inside of himself
I'd be willing to bet personal feelings of inadequacy are responsible for a lot more break ups than one would first guess.

back on topic... a fancy King James Bible with your names entered into the lineage section, even if your (then) wife specifically mentioned how nice it would be to have one, does not go over well.

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katharina
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quote:
Also, let me mention that we were both 14 years old. Not that being young and immature is an excuse for treating badly, but it can be a mitagating factor.
Oh, that makes sense. That was my other thought, but I didn't want to post "How old WERE you??" just in case you were 23 or something.
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quote:
Originally posted by mr_porteiro_head:
I actually over-stated what happened... [lots of details]...but it can be a mitagating factor.

"There was an earthquake! a terible flood! locusts! look... it wasn't my fault I swear to G_D!" - "Joliet" Jake Blues [Wink]
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The point is that I find gift-giving incredibly stressful. Whenever anything reminds me that Christmas, Valentine's Day, Bev's birthday or our anniversary is coming up, my first reaction is always "Oh crap!", and the stress in body goes up a couple of notches.

quote:
Originally posted by Jim-Me:
quote:
Originally posted by mr_porteiro_head:
I actually over-stated what happened... [lots of details]...but it can be a mitagating factor.

"There was an earthquake! a terible flood! locusts! look... it wasn't my fault I swear to G_D!" - "Joliet" Jake Blues [Wink]
I don't think anybody's ever compared me to Jake Blues. I don't know if I should feel flattered or insulted. I'll go with flattered today. [Smile]
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I love giving presents. My biggest problem is not giving it away before the actual date. I'd probably be better to not think about it until right before, because as soon as I have a good idea I want to share it, even if the good idea is their present.
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I enjoy giving presents as well, when I find a great gift to give.

What I don't like is being obligated to do so. What if I don't find a good gift? What if I think it's a great gift and it's not? How dissapointed will she be? What if I forget about it until it's too late?

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A breakup. That's what I gave my wife for Valentine's Day 2002, before we were married. (In my defense, I had no idea what day it was.)
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quote:
In my defense, I had no idea what day it was.
I've never seen that defense work. [Wink]
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quote:
Originally posted by mr_porteiro_head:
I'll go with flattered today. [Smile]

[Smile]
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quote:
Originally posted by Tante Shvester:
quote:
Originally posted by mr_porteiro_head:
I actually dumped my girlfriend instead of dealing with the stress of figuring out what to get her.

I'm sure that made your wife happy, though.
quote:
Originally posted by mr_porteiro_head:
Also, let me mention that we were both 14 years old. Not that being young and immature is an excuse for treating badly, but it can be a mitagating factor.

If he was actually married at 14... wow. Can you imagine what kind of life someone would have now with both a wife and girlfriend at 14?

Worst Valentine's Day gift? Photo of myself in a frame... place next to an even bigger photo of the ex-girlfriend.

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quote:
Originally posted by Jim-Me:


back on topic... a fancy King James Bible with your names entered into the lineage section, even if your (then) wife specifically mentioned how nice it would be to have one, does not go over well.

lol.

Especially if upon listing you discover you are first cousins or something.

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I am of the opinion that nothing says lovin' like an unexpected ooze at just the right moment.
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My current boyfriend gave me an oversized novelty pen for our last Valentine's Day. As gifts go, it was rather sub-par, but I don't care about Valentine's Day, and I like oversized novelty pens (somewhat), so it merely amused me.
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