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Art Aug 22nd, 2001 03:42 PM

So sorry Elizabeth, I've been on the forum for 2 years and had not seen this in a post. <BR>

elizabethsagrump Aug 22nd, 2001 03:46 PM

Gee Lizzy! <BR>Obviously 40 other people thought it was fun.

UmWhereIs Aug 22nd, 2001 03:57 PM

I would venture to guess that Elizabeth was making a one of the usual responses to a question...

dan woodlief Aug 22nd, 2001 06:26 PM

Obviously a complex subject. I think I will create a how-to page on my Web site with illustration photos. Make sure to check in often to see when the page appears. I guess I had better start photographing bulbs this weekend.

kavey Aug 23rd, 2001 04:03 AM

I read Elizabeth's comment as a joke too, continuing the theme of the posts above hers which anwswered the original question with typical forum replies... <BR> <BR>... <BR> <BR>Elizabeth? <BR> <BR>Were you joining the fun or do you remember a thread like this from previously?

elizabeth Aug 23rd, 2001 05:21 AM

Note to self: when making a joke use one of those smiley-emoticons things! <BR> <BR>Art - sorry - it was *meant* to be funny!

Shanna Aug 23rd, 2001 06:01 AM

Art and All: it's an August Thursday in a federal budget office as we start the annual hair-pulling, back-biting, book-cooking, finger-pointing, excuse-making, fear-provoking exercise to close out our financial records. THANK YOU FOR THE LAUGHS!!! I surely needed them. What a creative bunch you are.

s.fowler Aug 23rd, 2001 06:14 AM

Sheeesh -- I'm "off-board for a few days and look what trouble you get into:)This thread has provided a much needed laugh -- thanks:) I think my fave was the 22" rollon:) <BR> <BR>My favorite "lightbulb" story isn't travel related, but is one I use in teaching. The sad thing is that students often don't get it even AFTER they've read Marx. It goes: <BR> <BR>How many Marxists does it take to change a lightbulb. <BR>Answer: None -- because the proletariat contains the seeds of its own revolution.

John Aug 23rd, 2001 08:56 AM

Sally, LOL, but how would that go in the case of European lightbulbs that use a bayonet mount? Gets a bit Maoist, wouldn't you say?

Karen Aug 23rd, 2001 10:14 AM

It depends. Do they have a toddler with them? Does the toddler know how to behave in a lightbulb changing environment? Or perhaps they have sulky teenagers in need of entertainment, or a mother-in-law who hates to change lightbulbs but insists on coming along anyway? It just depends.

alien Aug 23rd, 2001 10:18 AM

im sorry...i have just arrived here, and...Why are you talking about lightbulbs ? In my planet lightbulbs are exctinct for the past 2 million years ! some archeologists found frozen lightbulbs eggs in an escavation recently. How...youre planet is really strange !! <BR>

Capo Aug 23rd, 2001 10:52 AM

Thanks, Sally; I love that one!

Too Funny Aug 23rd, 2001 05:57 PM

By my calculation, it takes 158 Fodorites to change a lightbulb: <BR> <BR>1 to assess that the lightbulb needs changing <BR>1 to research guidebooks and internet sites, then post a message asking others for advice on most appropriate types of lightbulbs <BR>57 to offer their humble opinions (including those gruff Fodies who chastise the poster for asking) <BR>1 to ask which Home Depot bulb should be purchased from <BR>23 to suggest potential locations and best driving routes <BR>1 to inquire on appropriate clothing to wear for both purchase and installation of bulb <BR>12 to offer requested fashion advice <BR>1 to seek assistance on whether cash/ATM, credit card or travelers check would be most effective method of payment <BR>17 to recommend solutions, including currency conversion tips <BR>1 to follow Fodorite advice and take lightbulb action, then post experience (including journal and photos) <BR>43 more to applaud the effort and exchange similar lightbulb changing stories <BR> <BR>It's a collective effort :)

Linda Aug 23rd, 2001 06:14 PM

Is the light bulb in a socket with 110 or 220 current? Is there an convertor handy? Do you have the correct adaptor plug to go with the outlet? Will the Northern Lights suffice if we can't change it? My goodness, you think changing light bulbs in Europe is this easy?

topping Aug 25th, 2001 08:33 AM


topping Jul 1st, 2002 05:41 PM

An old version with some interesting answers.<BR>

Dayenu Nov 2nd, 2009 03:09 PM

I found it :))

P_M Nov 2nd, 2009 03:20 PM

I haven't seen this one, thanks Dayenu. It will be fun reading these.

It is my firm belief that a light bulb is like a criminal--it can only be changed if it wants to change. ((i))

Dayenu Nov 2nd, 2009 03:22 PM

That's a unique approach! Love it!!

Scarlett Nov 2nd, 2009 03:23 PM

Awwww. it was posted by ( the late & great ) Art ..

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