christycruz - we're not done with you!

Feb 9th, 2007, 07:37 AM
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christycruz - we're not done with you!

On the thread about gifts to bring to hosts in France you said your mom-in-law buys gardening gloves, dental floss and cling wrap.
You've got to explain the reasoning behind this. It's too boggling for my little brain.
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Feb 9th, 2007, 07:44 AM
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I think I saw something about this on - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
 
Feb 9th, 2007, 07:44 AM
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I agree - explanation needed. All these things are cheap and available everywhere in Europe...
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Feb 9th, 2007, 07:45 AM
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What I would love to see MacGyver do with some gardening gloves, dental floss and cling wrap.....
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Feb 9th, 2007, 08:44 AM
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Why not Arnold Schwarznegger instead of McGyver to do what he wants with these girlie-men things.
 
Feb 9th, 2007, 08:52 AM
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ha! very good aramis. go ahead, what would mcgyver do? (do they make bracelets with 'wwMcGd'?)
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Feb 9th, 2007, 01:17 PM
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ha, I thought about clarifying, then thought everyone must have moved on.

Now, this is according to people who LIVE there, I'm not going to argue with them. Also, they live in the country, not in Paris.

They can't find dental floss easily. It's often just not available. I had trouble with this too, but thought I just didn't know where to look (although I looked in big grocery chains as well as pharmacist).

The Cling Wrap there "sucks" as my mother-in-law put it. Once friends cooked at her house and saw what she brought from home (including the fancy slider cutter) they wanted it.

Garden gloves--she's a master gardener. She saw her neighbors never using gloves and asked them. They said gloves were too cumbersome. She loaned them hers, then discovered while gloves are available in France, they weren't very good (don't keep those fingers nimble). In the meantime, she couldn't get her gloves back from her neighbors. Soon, she had all her gardening friends asking her for these gloves. They are just regular gloves, not especially fancy.

I joked to her she should open an American Curios store. But the gloves--might be a real market there!

Ok everyone..back to work!
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Feb 9th, 2007, 01:24 PM
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Well, you are correct that cling film does NOT work well when used as a condom in Condom.
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Feb 9th, 2007, 01:26 PM
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Oh my.

And to think I forgot to add turkey baster to the list.
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Feb 9th, 2007, 02:34 PM
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How about a salad spinner!
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Feb 9th, 2007, 02:49 PM
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If your mom-in-law ever comes to Spain...remind her not to bring dental floss here as a gift...it is available at pharmacies and many supermarkets and people would have some good laughs with such a gift
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Feb 9th, 2007, 03:47 PM
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I'd really like to know where these people live. There's dental floss galore in the Périgord, and I mean at every Intermarché, LeClerc, Casino, Lidl, and every other place you go.

Gardening gloves? That's really funny. I bring French gardening gloves back to the USA because they're so much better than any I can find here! I also brought back those wonderful rubber gardening shoes they sell in France. Every Bricomarché and Monsieur Brico has both.

Cling wrap - I'll give you that one. They haven't cottoned onto the notion of the serrated edge for tearing it off yet. Makes for some really messy kitchen episodes.
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Feb 9th, 2007, 06:42 PM
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very good. thanks, christy. i'll be able to sleep tonight now that the mystery is solved.
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Feb 9th, 2007, 09:30 PM
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I live in Switzerland and we have dental floss everywhere as does France. Tell them to go to the Monoprix. They can also find toothbrushes in lovely fashionable colors there. The cling wrap is flimsy, thin and easily rips here so that I understand. And one thing I ask my mother to send for Christmas every year from the US? Gardening gloves! They are super expensive here and are either too heavy, i.e., heavy yard work kind of gloves or too thin and any thorn rips right through them. So christycruz, I back up two of your gifts. But not that dental floss.
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Feb 12th, 2007, 02:58 PM
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No monoprix nearby.

I checked with my mother-in-law again, and she has indeed discovered dental floss, although only at the pharmacist. So strike that from MacGyver's list!

However, I wasn't joking about the turkey baster. She had to have a friend bring one over from the states.

StCirq, what brand of gloves do you find there?
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I believe you can find a turkey baster at any sex shop in France.
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