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A good teenager moment! (Long)

post #1 of 18
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As our kids have been growing up, we've had a running joke with them, that all embarrassing moments are being noted down, and all embarrassing photos are being stored. They all go into a portfolio marked "Wedding Speech" so they can be revealed to the world when Dad does his speech . Last week we collected another of these little gems.

A few years ago we bought a cheap replacement vacuum cleaner. I wanted a Dyson Animal to get all Felicity's hair up easily - but hubby said we'd just be paying for the name, so we got a cheap one instead.

Last week, when hubby had finished creating a load of plaster dust in the bedroom as part of the renovations, he vacuumed it up with our cheap vacuum - and blew the thing up. So we needed a new one.

When he collected daughter from school (she's 18) he told her that the vacuum had gone boom. She said "Oo-oo Dad if you buy a purple Dyson Animal I'll do the vacuuming".

Dad - "what all of it"

Daughter - "yes. I've always wanted one, please please. I'll do it all, the whole house."

Dad - "would that mean I wouldn't have to do it again?"

Daughter - "yeah, really dad, please can we have one".

By now the car had arrived home. Daughter got out of the car. Hubby walked round to the boot (trunk for the US bods ) and pulled out a Purple Dyson Animal.

He swore I must have heard the sound of her jaw dropping in my office in the City.

Dad - "looks like we struck a contract back there then - you'll be doing all the vacuuming from now on."
post #2 of 18
Nice!! Sweet deal!
post #3 of 18
LOL....I wonder how long the contract will stand up?
post #4 of 18
Awesome!
post #5 of 18
Wow! I want one but can't convince hubby
post #6 of 18
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Leli - I have to say the contract did not last very long.

I heard the story on the way home from work and went to see daughter when I got in. I said "so you'll be doing the vacuuming from now on then". It was major teenage misery time - lots of grumbling along the lines of "well I've got to get my evaluation done (chemistry assignment) and then I've got my biology....then I've got my exams". Then we moved on to emotional blackmail "do you want me to fail my A'levels"

Just one little question, that's all it took - she wasn't impressed when she found out I was winding her up . Parents can be so evil .

Ari and Chris - it is awesome. Now hold on to your hats - hubby is impressed !! He keeps looking at the dust container saying - "see, it's much better than that cheap thing"
post #7 of 18
Ha ha! If it had been me I would've denied it! That's funny that she said vacuuming would mean she'd fail her exams!

Sigh... I want one. Maybe one day... many years from now...
post #8 of 18
laugh! I want one.. I hate our vaccume cleaner.. is the new one quiet or noisy?
post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by Cirque
laugh! I want one.. I hate our vaccume cleaner.. is the new one quiet or noisy?
I think it's no noisier than the one we had before and gets the job done in a fraction of the time. Plus the carpets look a lot cleaner. I asked hubby for a man's perspective, he said it's no noisier but it's whiny!

The first time we vacuumed the carpets the container filled up about halfway with dust, grit and stuff - even though they'd only be vacuumed the day before with our old one. Subsequent times, there hasn't been so much stuff.
post #10 of 18
That reminds me of the time I was talking to my BIL, and he was saying they got a new vacuum, and how great it was, the kids wanted to use it, etc.

Later we realized that we must really be getting old when we get all worked up about a vacuum cleaner!
post #11 of 18
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It does make you wonder if there's something missing in our lives doesn't it Kelly?
post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by flisssweetpea
It does make you wonder if there's something missing in our lives doesn't it Kelly?
Yeah, kinda sobering, isn't it?

Ah well, I won't worry about it. I still have my vacuum to keep me company!
post #13 of 18
my dyson vacuum savings fund has $86.15 in it so at $750 for a upright one Ive got a way to go . My old vacuum cost $210.00 and lasted for 4 years. Iam using my friends old one now. well signing of for now because Iam going to settled down and watch Bridget Jones on vidio.
post #14 of 18
oh wow beth!
Want to get me one? I love vacume cleaners.
The vacume i have costed 20 euros. and it does its job, have had it for 2 years now.
I saw this new vacume cleaner that came out at media markt it has a cat on it. and it was only 80 euros.
I havent seen any vaccums here for over 200 euros though.
post #15 of 18
Beth the look on your daughters face must have been priceless!!!
post #16 of 18
Congratulations on your new vacuum, Beth!Too bad your daughter's contract didn't last!
post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by fwan
oh wow beth!
Want to get me one? I love vacume cleaners.
The vacume i have costed 20 euros. and it does its job, have had it for 2 years now.
I saw this new vacume cleaner that came out at media markt it has a cat on it. and it was only 80 euros.
I havent seen any vaccums here for over 200 euros though.
Don't you get "Vorwerk" salesmen ringing your doorbell? That brand is out of this world in price. I've got a Miele, and that was around €189 on sale, and is no better than my "upstairs" vacuum, a Phillips for €75.
My idea of luxury: one vacuum per floor! We've got four floors, and three vacuums, so I'm looking around for a reasonable "ShopVac" (Nass-Trockensauger) for the basement.
post #18 of 18
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Yes Susan - it must have been hilarious - I'd love to have seen it.

Apparently hubby got a very good deal on the Dyson - that perhaps eased his decision to buy one - a local store was selling one with £100 discount.
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