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Old 12-25-2004, 09:05 PM   #1
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Weird presents

Anyone get anything odd?

I did. On my mom's side, the cousins all trade names with one other cousin. I asked for practical stuff since I'm going to Africa, so my cous got me a gift bag with things like Purell, extra rechargeable batteries, a disposable camera, and....a big box of generic brand anti-diarrheal tablets. My relatives were like wtf, is she kidding you? But it will probably be a practical thing in third world Africa, no?
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Old 12-25-2004, 09:08 PM   #2
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You will pray to the Imodium Gods, I can almost guarantee it. Be smart about what you drink over there. That was a great gift.

Purell is not something I advocate, generally speaking.
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Old 12-25-2004, 09:13 PM   #3
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Hahaha! That's a good one.

My paternal grandmother used to give my siblings and I unwrapped bars of soap (not just un-Christmas wrapped, but totally naked). I wouldn't have minded, except that all the rest of the cousins got some type of clothing or toys -- generally something they wanted. And she also once gave all her daughters or daughters-in-laws handmade dresses -- guess what my mom got? Yup. Cloth. Does that say "Shit List" to you?
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Better than the canned salmon & jar of peanut butter my brother-in-law's maternal grandmother mailed him for Christmas one year.

Swear to God - true story!!!
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Better than the canned salmon & jar of peanut butter my brother-in-law's maternal grandmother mailed him for Christmas one year.

Swear to God - true story!!!
I think grandmothers are the queens of weird gift giving!
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Purell is not something I advocate, generally speaking.
Just curious, why not? I sometimes use this, especially since I am a teacher, often working with very cute, germ-filled children!
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Live off sardines and bottled water, thats my advice.
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I think grandmothers are the queens of weird gift giving!


I gave my grandaughter a doll, a Dora computer program, and two "princess" lip balms tied to the package. She carried the lip balms around all day.
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That's a little out of the ordinary, but I'm sure you'll find it useful in Africa.
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Purell is not something I advocate, generally speaking.
How come? I don't like it either; I HATE the thought of putting something on my hand b/c it's "dirty" and then NOT rinsing it off. Also, I've always been under the impression that most of the bacteria it kills are harmless or good and Purell isn't necessary. I don't really want to use it, but the travel nurses said to get it.

As for drinking, it'll be nothing but bottled water or other bottled drinks. I don't like anything besides water and pop anyway (and never get ice in my pop).
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My aunt's gifts are always dreaded. No one knows what she's thinking when she buys them, and the saddest part is that the money she spends would be better put to a gift certificate or something. And that's if she spends money, often she gives us things from lost and found.

The one year was really memorable--my sister got a 10 piece puzzle from L&F, and I got a Ramona Quimby diary meant for a 6 year old. We were both *well* into our teens. My cousin got a toliet brush. (I think it was really a back scrubber, but it looked like a toliet brush.)
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Just curious, why not? I sometimes use this, especially since I am a teacher, often working with very cute, germ-filled children!
I meet and interview ALL KINDS of persons who think nothing of coughing in their hands, wiping their noses and then expect a handshake before you leave..I reach the car and whip out that Purell before anything else...discreetly but Purell it is!

No weird gifts for me though but my daughter did get me U-2 Best of 1990-200; ironically, just the day before we found a scratch in ours so it worked out...
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i got a calculator for christmas this year..it's one of those presents where i had to fake liking it .."wow..a calculator! what i always wanted!"
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How come?
Because if you look at the log scale reduction of bacteria after use, it is not that effective, and secondly, it makes no distinction between foreign and endogenous species which can live on your skin and provide a number of benefits.
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Because if you look at the log scale reduction of bacteria after use, it is not that effective, and secondly, it makes no distinction between foreign and endogenous species which can live on your skin and provide a number of benefits.
Woohoo! I was right! Now I can tell my mom someone who actually knows about germs and medications and such says the same things (in a smarter way!).

Now, do you think it's bad b/c it doesn't really do anything or b/c people assume it does do something and they miss other more effective ways they could be cleaning their hands?
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