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Poll - Are my FIL and MIL a little nuts??

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by Swedishchef, Feb 5, 2013.

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Are my in-laws crazy to drive a total of 300 miles to get my son's toys?

  1. Yes - I would have simply bought new ones.

    3 vote(s)
    10.0%
  2. No - I would have done the same thing for my grandchildren

    14 vote(s)
    46.7%
  3. Depends - How bored would I be on a -21C day?

    13 vote(s)
    43.3%
  1. Swedishchef

    Swedishchef Minister of Fire

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    So I had to ask this question to non bias people.

    On the weekend my family and I attended a ski resort about 150 miles from here. Sunday we came back. I was packing the vehicle and came back to the chalet one last time to see if we had forgotten anything. I was told that a sweep of the place had been completed.

    Long story short we forgot my 2 year olds favorite toys. He had taken them out 45 minutes before we left and placed them in a bed upstairs. They are simply: 3 thomas the train engines! I already found them online and for $50 was going to replace them all. My son was not that upset; he said they were sleeping in the bed at the chalet.

    The cleaning staff had not yet gone to our chalet (weird) so my FIL and MIL drove there and back today just to get the toys. In perspective, they are retired and don't get out much. They wanted to go for a little drive...

    So poll time!

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  2. Hearth Mistress

    Hearth Mistress Minister of Fire

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    I don't have kids to relate to the toy thing but I drove 4hrs round trip because I went to the NJ shore after my senior prom and dingbat me left my gown hanging in the closet. The gown was later cut up and burned in a yoko ono-ish art project in college. Haven't thought about that in a long time :)
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  3. Swedishchef

    Swedishchef Minister of Fire

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    LOL. But that is a prom dress. This was 3 Thomas and friends train engines! ANd he didn't even cry (although he had a sad face) when I told him they were gone!
  4. Danno77

    Danno77 Minister of Fire

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    Bet they woulda mailed them to you for no charge.
  5. Swedishchef

    Swedishchef Minister of Fire

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    They said that they would speak to management to see what they could do. Since nobody had been to the chalet since Sunday I was getting the vibe that they did not care....ya know what I mean?
  6. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    When you become a grand parent,
    answer the question :)

    Nothing crazy here, just love ;)
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  7. JustWood

    JustWood Minister of Fire

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    I thinx your M&FIL took a nooner at the chalet !:eek::cool::ZZZ
  8. billb3

    billb3 Minister of Fire

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    Toys-r-us would have been closer and more convenient here.

    Sounds like an excuse for a long needed road trip.
  9. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Grandparents have an undocumented right to spoil the child. They will go to great lengths to protect that right. Roll with it. Kiss them and thank them for all their love. Your child will outgrow Thomas the Tank Engine, but he'll never outgrow the love that surrounds him.
  10. Swedishchef

    Swedishchef Minister of Fire

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    BeGreen: didn't know you had such a large heart ;) I do appreciate it and my son will certainly appreciate it (to the best of his ability).

    Lees: don't think they had time..lol. They were there for 4 minutes or so! lol
  11. Swedishchef

    Swedishchef Minister of Fire

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    I am far far away from that day!
  12. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    On a financial note- if it was more than 100 miles round trip, then you're losing money (not including time, reimbursement rate is like $0.53/mile)

    If they just liked the drive, then it wouldn't matter so much.
  13. jdp1152

    jdp1152 Minister of Fire

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    Twice!
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  14. jharkin

    jharkin Minister of Fire

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    It most likely cost more in gas then the toys where worth, but I can understand the motivation. I went dumpster diving for my 2 year old daughters toy horse once. Never ever ever loose horse daddy!
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  15. Swedishchef

    Swedishchef Minister of Fire

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    lol..nice jeremy!!
  16. Delta-T

    Delta-T Minister of Fire

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    i have been know to do crazy/less than intelligent things for silly/sentimental reasons....in short, I'm a sucker. I also like a nice drive. Kudos to your inlaws.
  17. bmblank

    bmblank Minister of Fire

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    Everybody is a little nuts. I mean, who's idea of a good time is going out in the woods and throwing weights into a trailer? Oh, right, just about everybody here.
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  18. Swedishchef

    Swedishchef Minister of Fire

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    lol. Agreed bmblank.

    T - It was certainly nice of them. The best part is that they told us they wanted to go down that way and spend the night to get some shopping done. Well, they went straight down and back.
  19. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    Not crazy. Its a grand kid and they are retired. I did some extra driving a few times to collect my stepson's misplaced toys. Once because his father refused to!
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  20. ironpony

    ironpony Minister of Fire

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    Nope not crazy. I bet your son remembers that when he is older. you would be surprised what kids absorb.
    sometimes it doesn't matter what it costs
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  21. Jack Straw

    Jack Straw Minister of Fire

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    Compared to my family that's not a even blip on the radar!
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  22. Swedishchef

    Swedishchef Minister of Fire

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    He will likely forget this one....he is only 2 1/2 years old. lol. He loves those trains though.

    lol. My wife wanted to go back. I said "they are toys he has had for 1 month" (got them at Christmas). Now had he forgotten his stuffed monkey he sleeps with, I would have chartered a plane if need be. It made his grandparents feel good. I guess it was worth it.


    Jack: what would/does your family do?
  23. ironpony

    ironpony Minister of Fire

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    I think you will be surprised someday..........
  24. Swedishchef

    Swedishchef Minister of Fire

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    surprised that I would go the distance for the toys? or surprise because my son will read this thread and attempt to assassinate me?
  25. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Well, sometimes it doesn't take long....
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