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The shoe thread (Formerly: Meanest wife ever...)

icey117icey117 DenmarkMember Posts: 509
edited May 2014 in Everything else LEGO
http://lego.gizmodo.com/meanest-wife-ever-forces-husband-to-sell-his-661-lb-leg-1574833406

Guess buying the LEGO valentine set wouldn't have done the trick! :-)
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  • TechnicNickTechnicNick Berkshire, UKMember Posts: 279
    Wow. Keep the Lego and lose the wife! Otherwise they'll both be miserable.
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  • graphitegraphite USMember Posts: 3,270
    ^ Exactly. Ultimatums like that are for people that don't belong together. Say "get the s*#t out!" to me and I'll pick you up and take you to the curb.
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  • samiam391samiam391 A log cabin in PA, United StatesMember Posts: 4,395
    That first comment:

    boywonder- "sure, its not cool that his wife threatened him to leave if he didn't sell his collection, but my question is why the **** is a grown ass man playing with legos?"

    Oops....
  • rancorbaitrancorbait Manitoba CanadaMember Posts: 1,850
    I LOL'ed so hard when I saw this title!
  • RedbullgivesuwindRedbullgivesuwind Brickset's Secret HeadquatersMember Posts: 1,984
    Their marriage is doomed anyway.
    TXLegoguy
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,442
    Could you imagine the crapstorm that would go down if a guy said "you must get rid of your collection of shoes or we're over." Ridiculous.
    TXLegoguyDrLegOBrick
  • LegobutterflyLegobutterfly Member Posts: 488
    And there was me thinking I was the meanest wife ever for telling my husband I wouldn't purchase all of the SW wave for him in one hit, but would stagger them so I could buy some of my want list kits too...

    Wow, she just makes me look good ;-)

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  • GoldchainsGoldchains Member Posts: 795
    Lol my wife keeps telling me I should sell my collection... I wonder how much I could get for her...
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  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,834
    edited May 2014
    ^ My wife used to regularly suggest the same thing to me too. Now she's gone quiet I'm afraid I might one day suffer a terrible 'accident' allowing my her to sell it all in my absence. I now find myself looking over my shoulder. :oS
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  • vwong19vwong19 San DiegoMember Posts: 1,188
    I hope they don't have children.
  • WodanisWodanis Member Posts: 7
    edited May 2014
    The thing about this story is, even if he sells his Lego collection, the marriage is still likely to come to an end. When that does he will not have anything left. Better to keep your collection and be true to yourself than allow someone else's ideas of who you should be.

    The only compromise to this is that he could sell off some sets he no longer wants. But that should be HIS decision not hers.
    TXLegoguyBumblepantsbobabricks
  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Fairy Land Member Posts: 4,030
    Isn't the judgement on the entire relationship a little premature? It could be a sales pitch for the as to generate sympathy and a higher price.
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  • gratefulnatgratefulnat SwitzerlandMember Posts: 356
    ^someone has their thinking hat on.
  • YpresYpres Member Posts: 200
    You'd have to be crazy to choose a dumb toy collection over your wife. For one thing, getting a divorce would probably cost both you and your former wife more money than the collection was ever worth in the first place. Unless this is an abusive relationship, there's no reason why any man would prefer the company of plastic blocks above spending time with his wife. And while I don't know the size of this man's collection, maybe it's too large. If Lego is taking over the house, I honestly can't blame anyone for putting their foot down.

    I pity anyone who's that attached to their Lego collection, because I wouldn't think twice about throwing everything in the garbage if my collecting was starting to destroy my marriage. Of course, it's a good thing I'm learning about 'limits' when it comes to collecting, while I'm still single. But, if some guy would rather engage himself to Lego, then I'm happy he's knocking himself out of the gene-pool.
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  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Fairy Land Member Posts: 4,030
    If we are not careful this thread is going to turn into the Jeremy Kyle Show

    "Why is she making me choose? It's LEGO or her. I feel abused!" Wife from hell will be taking a lie detector test to find the basis of her her irrational intolerance. Results after the break.
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  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,834
    You need to work a DNA test into it somewhere.
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  • mathewmathew Member Posts: 2,098
    Sounds like an Onion news story. I question the validity of it.
  • bobabricksbobabricks Vancouver, BC, CanadaMember Posts: 1,842
    If my wife said that to me then I would be like "then you better get rid of all of those shoes that are taking up our closet!"

    I don't think it would end well...
  • ecmo47ecmo47 North CarolinaMember Posts: 2,101
    We certainly do not know the whole story on this relationship. Are they behind on the rent? Are there kids not being taken care of? Is the wife crazy jealous of the time/money spent on the relationship? Who knows? One thing I would bet on is that there isn’t a whole lot of mutual respect in the relationship. If there was, they would not have come to this point.
  • 12651265 The Great State of TexasMember Posts: 1,031
    edited May 2014
    There's a high rate of divorce around the world that a single thing, i.e., selling a Lego collection, will keep a couple from a divorce in the long run. There are deeper issues with this couple than the wife demanding he sell his collection. Sweden is at the top of divorce rate around the world so I don't believe selling one's Lego collection will save the marriage. It's doomed....., so I suggest he keep his Lego collection and go forth with the divorce because the divorce will happen regardless if he sells his collection.

    Besides Sweden, divorce around the world in all countries are high. Regardless of the situation, if someone is threatening divorce, it's more than what that person's reasoning is, but it's one obvious thing that irks this person but more more than that.
  • graphitegraphite USMember Posts: 3,270
    My comment wasn't a statement that someone should value lego over their wife or SO, but that if someone gets to the point where an ultimatum like that comes up, especially if early in a marriage, that they may not be right for each other and as others have said would probably end up separating anyway. Unless of course the hobby was recently picked up or was hid from the other person until now but either case one is either lying to the other (which will end the marriage) or one isn't supporting of the others new hobby (which will end the marriage).

    Now if the ultimatum was, sell it so we can eat, pay rent etc then it makes sense that it be done unless of course the statement was given from someone that doesn't weigh that need against their own things as well (shoes etc).
  • iancam33iancam33 Member Posts: 407
    When the wife questions your LEGO hobby just say this: "I could switch to porn." Anything along those lines will surely elicit silence on her behalf.
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  • NorlegoNorlego ScotlandMember Posts: 449
    Found the ad the guy has posted. He is selling part of a collection, he has 500 sets. He has 300 kg of lego in loads and loads of boxes, so I can understand his wife wanting rid of it... He has more lego for those interested.
    One of the sets he is selling weights 10 kgs...
    The price is £7000 for the current lot.
  • Zeldafanatic15Zeldafanatic15 Member Posts: 106
    Norlego said:

    Found the ad the guy has posted. He is selling part of a collection, he has 500 sets. He has 300 kg of lego in loads and loads of boxes, so I can understand his wife wanting rid of it... He has more lego for those interested.
    One of the sets he is selling weights 10 kgs...
    The price is £7000 for the current lot.

    Anyway you can post a link? I'd love to see this almost-marriage-ending collection.
  • dougtsdougts Oregon, USAMember Posts: 4,129
    iancam33 said:

    When the wife questions your LEGO hobby just say this: "I could switch to porn." Anything along those lines will surely elicit silence on her behalf.

    "Well dear, if I stop buying LEGO, I'll have a lot more money for prostitutes."

    iancam33
  • NorlegoNorlego ScotlandMember Posts: 449

    Norlego said:

    Found the ad the guy has posted. He is selling part of a collection, he has 500 sets. He has 300 kg of lego in loads and loads of boxes, so I can understand his wife wanting rid of it... He has more lego for those interested.
    One of the sets he is selling weights 10 kgs...
    The price is £7000 for the current lot.

    Anyway you can post a link? I'd love to see this almost-marriage-ending collection.
    Not much in the photos other than loads of plastic cointainers neatly stacked up. The house looks nice but you cant live with 500+ sets in your house.... Never seen a 10 kg lego model though. Search lego volvo on youtube and it should appear.
  • VenunderVenunder Nottingham, UK.Member Posts: 2,591
    I have to agree that if the wife is demanding that the lego collection is sold, the relationship is probably doomed anyway.
    Any kind of demand to do something or else, is bound to lead to long term resentments on both sides, whatever they each do.
    They need to have a long relaxed discussion about what they both want from the relationship. If it turns into an arguement then they should probably go their separate ways, before children are involved.
    They will both be happier in the long term.
  • dougtsdougts Oregon, USAMember Posts: 4,129
    Norlego said:

    The house looks nice but you cant live with 500+ sets in your house....

    I know plenty of people who would disagree with this, myself included. I easily have over 500 sets in my house. Not all on display of course, but many are.

  • NorlegoNorlego ScotlandMember Posts: 449
    Well, are plastic cointainers pretty???? they were stacked up the stairways so not practical.
    He is not selling his complete collection only part of it.
    I have 50 kgs and it floats everywhere.... you do need to cointain it to a room or area.
  • icey117icey117 DenmarkMember Posts: 509
    I read somewhere in a book about marriage that 80% of marriage conflicts is centred around financial disputes. Having purchased LEGO bricks for the value of £ 7.000 (?) without somekind of mutual agreement does make the foundation of trouble if they have shared finances (as many do). If (the story is true) and let's say they have had a financially squized sitution and he continuesly have been feeding his LEGO addiction with money they'd budget for other more important matters.... I do agree with the wife. It's could be a serious case of mistrust! But this is a wild guess!
  • JoeZilchJoeZilch Member Posts: 6
    edited May 2014
    I guess the big issue to me is when the collection started. If it was pre-marriage and she knew what she was getting into she should probably offer a compromise of selling some of it. If it was after the fact and he's blowing rent checks on Lego it would be a completely different story.

    Just tell her that he's buying them to build her a bigger house with larger closets for her addictions.

    *Edit for grammar
  • NorlegoNorlego ScotlandMember Posts: 449
    Judging by the plastic boxes, i think her addictions is for icecream....
  • Bluefairy_56Bluefairy_56 Member Posts: 320
    Why do people assume women collect or have loads of pairs of shoes?

    My husband has heaps more shoes than me, I currently own 5 pairs, including slippers. He has heaps more clothes than me, in fact he uses half my wardrobe too. So not all women covet shoes or handbags, etc....now if you said Lego, then I would be the first to put my hand up lol.
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  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,834
    edited May 2014
    I'd have to put both of my hands up - shoes and LEGO. :-)
  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Fairy Land Member Posts: 4,030
    Perfectly normal for men to have a large amount of shoes and boots.
  • NorlegoNorlego ScotlandMember Posts: 449
    edited May 2014
    @Zeldafanatic15 Here is the link to the ad:
    http://www.finn.no/finn/torget/annonse?finnkode=48050543&searchclickthrough=true&searchQuery=lego

    Plus the volvo thing, which does look impressive.
    It appears the lady of the house likes Haribo, not icecream.... In any case I would not want to live with that amount of lego hanging around everywhere. I doubt the couple are in danger of splitting up and they do look like they can afford the level of Lego spending he does. He just needs to put it all up in the attic...
    P.S. I have not seen the youtube clip, as the computer I use wont let me... But it does look impressive.
  • LegobutterflyLegobutterfly Member Posts: 488

    Why do people assume women collect or have loads of pairs of shoes?

    My husband has heaps more shoes than me, I currently own 5 pairs, including slippers. He has heaps more clothes than me, in fact he uses half my wardrobe too. So not all women covet shoes or handbags, etc....now if you said Lego, then I would be the first to put my hand up lol.

    This!
    I have 2 pairs of flat shoes, 1 pair of boots, 1 pair of trainers and 1 pair of slippers. My husband has way more shoes and boots than that, he has 5 pairs of trainers alone! And in our very big Ikea pax wardrobe I have a third of the hanging space and we share a big wire basket for socks etc and then the other 4 baskets are full of his clothes!!!
    Talk about feeling like an intruder in your own wardrobe!

    However the LEGO boxes of mine and his kits stacked up everywhere I will stick my hands up to...
  • NorlegoNorlego ScotlandMember Posts: 449
    With the amount of shoes people seem to be buying, could I have the boxes? I need them to store lego in...
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  • Bluefairy_56Bluefairy_56 Member Posts: 320
    Norlego said:

    With the amount of shoes people seem to be buying, could I have the boxes? I need them to store lego in...

    Sorry every time hubby buys a new pair of shoes he saves the boxes to pack his HO trains in for transporting houses....one day we will sell this house and get another...one day :(

  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,442

    Why do people assume women collect or have loads of pairs of shoes?

    My husband has heaps more shoes than me, I currently own 5 pairs, including slippers. He has heaps more clothes than me, in fact he uses half my wardrobe too. So not all women covet shoes or handbags, etc....now if you said Lego, then I would be the first to put my hand up lol.

    Sorry if any offence was made, it was not intended. I was one of the people who made the generalisation but in my life just about every woman I have ever known has many pairs of shoes. I have 3, work boots, trainers and formal shoes. My girlfriend, who is not a girlygirl by any stretch of the imagination has at least 12 pairs of shoes...I know not every woman has hundreds of pairs of shoes but generally speaking women tend to own more pairs of shoes than men...the point I was making was more that if the man had made the same demand of the woman he'd get a massive earful (and probably a slap round the face) for it.
  • Bluefairy_56Bluefairy_56 Member Posts: 320
    Shib said:

    Why do people assume women collect or have loads of pairs of shoes?

    My husband has heaps more shoes than me, I currently own 5 pairs, including slippers. He has heaps more clothes than me, in fact he uses half my wardrobe too. So not all women covet shoes or handbags, etc....now if you said Lego, then I would be the first to put my hand up lol.

    Sorry if any offence was made, it was not intended. I was one of the people who made the generalisation but in my life just about every woman I have ever known has many pairs of shoes. I have 3, work boots, trainers and formal shoes. My girlfriend, who is not a girlygirl by any stretch of the imagination has at least 12 pairs of shoes...I know not every woman has hundreds of pairs of shoes but generally speaking women tend to own more pairs of shoes than men...the point I was making was more that if the man had made the same demand of the woman he'd get a massive earful (and probably a slap round the face) for it.
    No offence was taken so don't worry about it. My daughter has heaps of shoes so I get where you are coming from.

    If the situation from the original poster was suggested here, it would have to be by compromise...if I have to get rid of anything, then so does hubby...fairs fair. My ex told me not to make him choose between his booze plus drugs and the children and me....he chose, so I left. Now that is worth ending a marriage over.

    I think the wife has got tired of the clutter and no room anywhere, so has asked for a cull, so to help sell the Lego sets he has added the drama to it. After all everyone here is talking about it, so he must have a lot more views than us.
  • iancam33iancam33 Member Posts: 407
    Do ice skates and cycling shoes count? I think the difference in shoe collection should come down to the functionality aspect of it. I probably have as many shoes as my wife but most have a specific function. Hiking boots, running, cycling, triathlon shoes(and tri cycling), etc. I think this is where the difference is. Most woman that I have encountered have shoes because they look pretty and would go with a specific outfit. Most men have functionality based shoe collections over form based collections.

    It's amazing how the topic can change so quickly.
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  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,442
    ^Post of the day award to @ColoradoBricks‌ please!
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  • TheLoneTensorTheLoneTensor MericaMember Posts: 3,950
    Some have likened the collecting of Lego to be an addicition. If so, then perhaps the guy does need to get his priorities in order.

    I'm not talking about individual priorities, I'm talking the marriage, and his committment to it. I can easily see a spouse getting to a breaking point if it's taking over the other's time and attention, encroaching on living space in the house, costing a ton of $, creating a liability.

    It doesn't sound much unlike a drug addiction when you think about it. To a non-Lego person, 500 sets would definitely seem outrageous.
  • jasorjasor United StatesMember Posts: 839
    Yep. Lego feeds a lot of things ala carte for some. OCD. Organization. Creativity. Collectibility. Nostalgia. What a dangerous combination.....
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  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,929

    I have 3 times more shoes than I need. I always buy 3 of the same, one to wear, one to keep MISB and one to resell in 2 to 4 years :)

    I buy two. One for the left foot and one for the right.

    My wife always complains I should buy more shoes, but my current pair suits me just fine. And I have also got a pair of wellies for the garden.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,444
    There was a point where my wife was rolling her eyes at all the Lego I was buying, until I sold my MISB Market Street and bought her a watch.
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  • PraiasPraias Member Posts: 51
    As far as shoes go I have one pair of boots at the moment. That's it. Need a pair of sandals but I hate shopping and neither my partner or my mum are being very helpful even with bribing involved.

    I already said that this time when I find a pair of decent shoes I will just buy several pairs of the same one so I don't ever again have to go shopping for shoes.

    And as far as Lego is concerned I'm blessed to have a partner that also enjoys it. He may sometimes think I go a bit overboard and I could murder him for not getting me the HP sets, but overall we are on the same wavelength when it comes to our collecting habits.
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