|Forum topic by Betsy||posted 09-07-2016 03:33 AM||857 views||0 times favorited||36 replies|
09-07-2016 03:33 AM
A woman who can work wood;
A woman who knows the difference between a screwdriver and a wrench;
A woman who can swing a hammer better than a big percentage of men;
A woman that knows how to figure board feet and knows the difference between lineal feet and board feet;
A woman that can actually replace a sink disposal all by herself;
A woman that can hold a conversation about remodeling;
A woman knowing you’re trying to rip her off by saying you need a new air filter for your car even though you replaced it yourself before you took it in for a standard brake job;
A woman that can tell when a man has no bloody idea what he’s talking about but because you’re a woman he thinks you have no idea that he has no real idea;
A woman who enjoys making sawdust more than she enjoys cleaning it up; but she does both because she should;
I could go on … but dang, I’m getting tired of dealing with men that think because I’m a woman and in his store’s tool world that I don’t have any idea what I need, or worse that I have no idea “he” as in my significant other needs.
So what started this rant—- I go to box store, go into the tool world section I’m looking for two simple things, a 12” hack saw blade and 6” adhesive backed sandpaper for my bench sander. Of course they move things around a lot so if you are not shopping there every day you may need a map. So I ask an associate where I can find the hacksaw blade and sanding discs. He took me to the blades and asked me what “HE” needs the blade for. That’s a legitimate question of course, but sure would have been nicer for him to ask “what do YOU need the blade to do for you instead of making it sound like I’m just on an errand for some male person in my life. I let this first one slip, but when we went to the sanding discs – all i wanted was to be shown where they are, I can certainly pick out what I want – I can read after all. But no…...the associate asked me again “what is it that HE is making and are you sure HE needs the circular paper for bench sander or would HE really need paper for HIS palm or ROS sander. He fell off the ledge of my patience and i admit that I got miffed with him.
what I basically told the guy is the blades and paper are for me not for some male figure you think I’m shopping for. And he should take into account that many more women are doing their own home improvements or repairs and are building things in many different styles etc.
Oh well – I have this happen to me at least once a year, I should be used to it and not let it bother me – but I also feel the need to educate some of these sales folks that women build things, fix things, remodel things, etc; Just because we are in a hardware store or an auto parts store does not mean we are running an errand for the main in my life.
Okay – I’ve ranted, I think I should have been more direct with the guy but dang all I wanted was the blade a pack of paper. I didn’t think those two things would lead to this consternation.
Okay I feel better.
What do you think your significant other would have done?
-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine