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Old 12-12-07, 08:56 AM   #1
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To gift, or not to gift...

There are a few people I know that are gift crazy for the holidays. It seems strange to me, as they are on a tight budget for the majority of the year, then go nuts buying things for other people during December.

I hang out with them on occasion, I ride with them. But, that's about it.

I've now gotten the "What do you want for Christmas" questions from them. Clearly an indication I'm on the gift list - as I was last year. I implored them last year to not gift, to donate some money in my name to a shelter or other charity. Denied. I REALLY expected them to get it, I didn't hint - I thought I was clear. Enough so, that I didn't get them gifts.

Here we are, again in December. I'm approached with the same questions, and the same answers. It just seems as though they aren't doing it to be "nice", there is another expectation there. Almost as if it is expected. I have never had friends that expect gifts to be exchanged... what to do? Pull a Costanza and give them a donation receipt, hoping they get the hint?

Grinch? Ungrateful? What to do?
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I usually reply... "A hug and another year of your friendship." The reactions are wonderful.
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I would ask for a Maybach.
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I would ask for a Maybach.
That's because you're a materialistic pig.
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Well, then, would a loaf of bread be better?
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That's because you're a materialistic pig.
Yes, and?
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I usually give that with a hug and my friendship.
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Nothin', just sayin, that's all.
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Oh, okay, can I have a Maybach?
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When in doubt, do not gift.
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No. Here, have a hug, a loaf of bread and my friendship. The insurance premiums are cheaper.

Trust me, you'll thank me after you taste the bread.
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I've got an idea for a cute little gift this year. I've got all these nice little tins. I'm getting some tubes of Rema glue and Rema patches and making patch kits to give away.

BTW, anyone know the right sandpaper grit to use? I figured I'd just go to the hardware store and pick up a sheet to cut up.
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I would think a medium grit, 120 or so, should do fine. Wonder if emory cloth or wet/dry would be better to use. Or just include a metal nail file. Could be used to rough up tube and pry foreign objects out of the tire.
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Old 12-12-07, 11:13 AM   #17
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... and fix you niail should you break one.

Emery would be the way to go. Pretty rough I suppose. You want to rough it up, not polish it.
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Do patch kits normally use sandpaper? The one I have has a little metal thing.

I'd be afraid of sandpaper leaving particles behind. Though I suppose since it's going to be covered with glue and a patch anyway, it may not be a huge issue.
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I remember the little metal scraping disc as well. Looked like a tiny round cheese grater.
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Do patch kits normally use sandpaper? The one I have has a little metal thing.

I'd be afraid of sandpaper leaving particles behind. Though I suppose since it's going to be covered with glue and a patch anyway, it may not be a huge issue.
that's why emery. The bonding agent is stronger.
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Thanks everyone... bread it is!!
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