Saturday, September 22, 2012

My husband was born in the wrong State

Jim is from Minnesota, but he should be from Missouri, which is pronounced "Miz-zor-ah" if you are from there or near there. (I learned this thanks to our friends Don and Rachel. Hi!*waving from home*)

Missouri's state nickname is "The Show Me State".*

If Jim hasn't experienced it himself, read it with his own eyes, or tasted it with his own lips, then it just didn't happen.

I speak the truth.

The other day I noticed that the vent fan in the bathroom wasn't working. It just made a "rrrrrrr" sound when I turned it on. Sounded like the motor was stuck. We use this fan constantly to keep the moisture out of the bathroom when we shower.

Later, I mentioned this to Jim while he was making his breakfast coffee.

"Hon, did you notice that the fan wasn't working in the bathroom?" I described the sound and told him what I thought was the problem.

He shrugged and said, "It worked for me!"

Then he continued to make his coffee.


This pissed me off royally.

He totally blew me off! I know some of you out there may think, "The man just said what really happened."

Okay, that's true. But I wanted to feel VALIDATED. Couldn't he add to his statement something like, "I'll look into it. Something must be causing the motor to stop and start."


This isn't the first time. I've been known to quote something that I've read saying, "You know, I read 'blah, blah, blah'" and he would answer, "I don't believe it! WHERE did you read that?"

Of course, my memory being what it is, I couldn't remember WHERE I had read the particular fact, just that I had READ it!

Believe me, I wish I HAD remembered what magazine or book I had read the article in, because I would LOVE to PROVE it and then smack my husband over the head with it! Not really! (yes really)

Jim, on the other hand, retains EVERYTHING he reads. His brain is soooo big, it's a wonder that his neck can hold his head up. Not only can he remember WHAT he read, but WHERE he read it! I bet he could even quote the page number.

There's something wrong with that!

I don't want to fill my brain up mindless information like that! I can barely remember my new home phone number!

*The 'Show Me State' expression may have began in 1899 when Congressman Willard Duncan Vandiver stated, "I'm from Missouri and you've got to show me." taken from here


Valerie said...

Hey Pat, I have a man like that.. and he's not from either Minnesota or Missouri... grins. I'm with you on the 'husbands are frustrating'.

Maple Lane said...

This is so funny to me ...... it describes my husband perfectly!

Brian Miller said...

there are no differences between the sexes...that is a huge myth...heheh

Monkey Man said...

hmmmmm, I wonder if Jim and I are related? I am just the

Eva Gallant said...

It must be a "man thing." My husband is the same way!

Lois Evensen said...

My husband suffers from the same malady. ;)

Gail said...

Einstein said he remembered nothing that he could look up. I don't remember where I read that either or the exact words. It was such a relief. If Einstein doesn't have to remember, neither do I.

I think perphaps this is a man thing. If Joe or Sally Snotwad were having trouble with their fan he probably would have jumped right on that.

My husband has the irritating habit of not looking at me when I talk to him. This was a habit beaten into me as a child, you know the one, LOOK AT ME WHEN I'M TALKING TO YOU. I expect the same respect. Since my husband is hard of hearing I wonder...did he hear me or did he just not acknowledge??? I never know. I repeat it and he says, without looking, I heard you the first time!

On the brighter side of 40 years of marriage, he has realized I know what I'm talking about when I say there is a funny noise in the vehicle. He knows I know when something is going to break. He would probably never admit that's a man thing.

Ami said...

Men are frustrating creatures, but pretty easily managed. Food, something warm to bump up against at odd times and the occasional sincere 'you're my hero'.

(And I married the most amazing guy in the universe, seriously.)

But joking aside, have the fan checked. PRONTO. I know THREE families who have lost their homes due to problems with the exhaust fans in the bathroom.

DeniseinVA said...

It's the Venus and Mars thing, but this did make me laugh Pat. I have one of those too.


Husbands are all similar. If it didn't happen to them it didn't happen!!! Lord have mercy.
My sister Maxine always said men are all alike they just look different so we can tell them apart. She was married three times!!!