How to get what you want for xmas

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Once agian its that time of year when your better half buy's you pressies. Now with the best will in the world non fishing partners just do not know what you need, or more specificly 'exactly the right one'.

This dilema has been overcome this year by some very cunning planning, and I have managed to get exactly what I wanted, made the better half belive she has got the bargin of the year and brought a new rod without having to explain why I needed another one. Oh the joy's of christmas.

Here is how it all works.

I spent the 2 months running up to the day dropping large hints about a new centre pin that I wanted,this got the seed sown. Last week I casually announced that during a bait buying trip at the tackle shop I had seen a beautiful boxed version and it was a shame that I had spent all my money on christmas gifts for others, ahhhh. The reply was you will have to see what santa brings. The only thing to say to this is HOOK LINE and SINKER.

Now onto the clever bit.

On friday last week the better half announced she was going shopping with her mum saturday for my pressie and I had better go fishing to keep out of way. No problem there. So Friday afternoon nipped to tackle shop to get bait etc. Also took along a photo of partner[}:)], explained that she would be in on saturday to purchase my present. Explained in detail which one I wanted. I also wanted a new 'Barbel Rod' so I brought the one I have been after for the last year, and set up with the dealer that if someone brought one of 'these' reels they got a free rod, then left the rod with him ready for saturday. She has seen these offers in the press often enough to make her belive they are normal.

Just spoken to the shop, mission accomplished, so come christmas day I will get my new 1.75lb 12ft Barble rod and gleaming new pin. So all I have to do is work out how to get out of the washing up and go test it.[:D][:D][:D]

Anyone got any ideas

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Nice one mate

Just a quick question though, does the other half ever read the forums? if she does you could be in a spot of bother [:D]

Got what i wanted for christmas, i wanted a stalking chair & brought one from the used tackle show on saturday, then the wife n mother asked me to take some stuff to the car so i did.

As i came back into the hall there was my lovley wife struggling through the crowds (not one person moved for her [:(]) with my xmas pressie, a two man bivvy, when i asked her why she'd got me it she said "cos you brought your own bloody chair & the kids were gonna get you that".

I felt a bit guilty cos all my little girl kept saying was "when are we going to buy daddy's chair?" but it all worked out in the end cos we brought another one for Dian (along with a bloody rod pod set up).

As i was carrying the pod, bivvy & chair back to the car a fella said "huh another carper" i think he was surprised when i said "nah mate these are for the wife she's the carper not me" [:)].



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Luckily the other half does not read these forums, so safe there. I am currently on a ban from buying anything, in case I do exactly what you did.



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LOL

Its a bugga waiting to find out if they got it right or not though isn't it? [:D]


Oh I've just had this really funny thought mate, what if someone who looked just like your missis went into the shop & brought a reel for her other half (or herself even) your rod has just gone off to a total strangers house, oh well mate look at it this way, at least you'll have given someone an extremely nice xmas [:D]


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That is a scarey thought (actually more scarey that there would be two of her). Seems to have worked to perfection this time. I hate waiting to find out what I have got so this is just a speed it up measure on my part.



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You sneaky sod!!

Cracking stuff! Your friendly neighborhood tackleshop came up trumps eh?
I think you owe em a drink for that little scam! [:D]

Good enough without the rod wheeze, but that tips you over the edge into
the realms of GENIUS my friend.



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Mike

I could have had some nice gear on saturday but instead i made a phone call to someone just to let them know they had left the window open on their car with all the tackle they'd brought on full display [;)]

I'm not telling you who it was though


(there ya go Trev saved you a bit of embarresment mate)[:D]


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Thanks Alan. Thanks a lot. [:D]



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Oh and thanks for the heads up on the Ron Thompson suit mate.
I got me one of those. You were right, nice and toasty, but
with all the layers on I kind of resemble an olive green
Michelin Man. [:D]



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well babs is in hospital & cant guarantee to be out in time so i decided to order myself the new sharp gx10 mobile with the built in digi camera & booked it down to her (ill proberbly get an ear bashing but at least ill get my new phone) she told me not to get to much as she had brought me the jeep a few weeks back

tight lines.
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sammy done the best again here 1700 for a laptop with dvd ect
she told us she needed it for college
mind you we got a epsom C42 chucked in which means i can have her old epsom 740 LOL

tight lines.
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I've been lucky enough to get an absolute bargain this year [}:)][:D]



I went into PC World last week to buy a particular PC game as a present for my niece.

"Have you got the Scooby Doo PC Game?" I ask one of the guys working in there.

"Which one?" he says.

"Oh, I didn't realise there was more than one, which ones have you got and where are they?"

"Well, the ONLY ONE we do is over there behind the..."[?][?]


So I went over and made my choice from the ONE on offer, which even I could manage without help.

As I was walking back to the checkout I saw a sign above their camera section 'Digital Cameras from under 40'. Went over and had a look at the display shelves but the cheapest I could see was 79.99.

I managed to find the Helpful Assistant again and asked him about the under 40 Digital Cameras.


"No, we don't do any that cheap" he says.

"Well you are advertising that you do" I reply.

"What advert, can you bring it in and show us?"

"I don't need to bring it in, it's on the wall above your head in 12" high letters" I replied.

Well he knew nothing about any cameras at that price so went off to get his mate, who also new nothing about them. Eventually, after looking at the list on their terminal, they managed to work out which one it was. The price on the display models hadn't been changed, not very surprising really as they knew nothing about the promotion or the advertising of it!

Anyway, it was the 79.99 model on a special offer - low spec, last years model etc.

But - For taking pictures of all those fish I plan on catching next year it looked ideal, and, it wouldn't be the end of the world if it got dropped in the lake at some stage.


So off I go with my new 39.99 toy, get home and open up the box to read the manual (as we all do BEFORE we start randomly pressing buttons don't we?) [;)]


No manual in the box but there is a CD. Must be on there I think to myself - Wrong. Find the manufacturer's website details on the box, sign on and download a manual.


Third page of the manual tells you what you should have in the box you have just purchased - and realise that there is a cable missing. The USB (Camera -> PC) cable is there, but not then Camera -> TV/Video cable.


I ring PC World and they ask me to go back to the Store and they will swap it for another one, and they will compensate me for the travel cost (70 mile round-trip).


Well, I went in on Monday (when I was in the area anyway) and a Very Helpful Assistant gives me a 21 refund, as they pay travel expenses at 30p mile. Right then, this 79.99 camera has now cost me 18.99, a good deal I think to myself, but it gets better.

They don't have anymore in stock, and don't have a suitable cable to give me. They suggest I go to a specialist Hi-Fi/Camera store and get one.

"Fair enough, but can you do anything about the price as I'm going to have to go and buy a cable that should come with the product you've sold me?" I ask.


The Very Helpful Assistant goes off to talk to his Manager, and then comes back to offer me a 20 discount. Before he's got time to do his sums I bite his arm off [8D].


I've now got a - admittedly low-spec, cheap-and-cheerful model - Digital Camera that would have been 79.99 at list price for....


Well if you've managed to keep awake so far and have been doing your sums you'll realise that they have PAID me 1.01 to take this camera away from them.


Now that is what I call a Christmas Present. [^]


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Alanp. spot on mate, like it, look forward to the pictures.[8D]

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Excellent Alan - if there's one place I hate it's PCWor## - better put ## in just in case [:)]

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What do I want for Xmas?If you have a wife like this you want for nothing......................................
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haydon
you must be on a promice (lol)
nice one mate ,you must be well in love (loverly wife you have)
but wot i do to get what i want is tell my wife wot i want, and if she does not get me it, i just go out and get it myself.
at the end of the day ,i go to work all week
so there is no way i am not going to get some thing to do with fishing that i want,

the best bit is i got a new holdall today at a very special price,

and when i come home i just told my wife thank you that will do me for christmas lol

 

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You're a lucky man Haydn,[:D]




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Norm

Did you tell her how much the holdall really cost?

I know there's a few wives round here who are convinced that 16m poles cost less than 100 and matches only cost a 1 to enter.[:p][:p]

I hope nobodies reading this that shouldn't be, else I could end up


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I AGREE, WHAT THEY DON`T KNOW WONT HURT THEM..

Treat them like Mushrooms.....Keep in the dark & feed bull****. LOL.....



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teepee

thats far to good looking for you (lol)

simon of course i told her it was a fiver

 
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