Monday, June 13, 2005

End of Problem 1

When you have a seven and a half feet guest roaming around your house, would it be unfair to ask him to clean the fans and clear the cobwebs off the ceiling?

My house has lot of light and the light allows even a naked human eye a great view of all the dust and grime. So it's a task to dust and dust and wipe and wipe. When we agreed on white walls, ceilings and curtains for the house, it was also agreed that we would share the polishing and scrubbing equally and the compliments, if any followed. I am a fair person, you see.

Now much later, tables, chairs and walls within reach often get the duster treatment from me. But for the higher ups like fans and corners, I need to plead, cajole and bully the lazy man in the house. Whose helping hand is no longer extended or even given a glimpse of. Mostly it's tucked well between knees while pretending to sleep or crossed firmly over chest or engaged in punching the poor remote out of shape.

So, every time I have our tall friend around, I think of all that he can do with just a sweep of his hand. It struck me when the other day, while walking out in a hurry, he hit his head on the huge lamp hanging from the ceiling. The same one, I have been piling chairs and tables over to climb on to clean. At the risk of breaking a leg.

I have given hubby the option of moving his ass and wiping the fans and lights clean regularly, or I would call for his new friend's services and use his god given asset. Ah, problem tackled, such bliss!


Blogger @$#!$# said...

yeah, we men are really lazy when it comes to cleaning up!!!

*thinking of the mess back in my room*

7:40 PM  
Anonymous Kahini said...

Use him, but indulge in bribery and corruption beforehand... like his favourite meal or take him out for a drink. Or dammit, you're a GURL, bat your lashes and smile sweetly.

7:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

give me your friend's number. and i will tell him how he is being exploited (in case tje poor thing does not know it yet) and he better demand a his fav dish in return

*wicked grins*


11:35 PM  
Blogger venkat said...

Good for you.No bribes,no eye lashes, no sweet smiles, demand him to clean his part. Enough spoiling of Indian men.

7:52 AM  
Anonymous subs said...

Just ASK!

9:11 AM  
Blogger anumita said...

Ashish: That's great coming from a man! Thanks for admitting.

kahini: Lashes will have no effect unless I paste fake ones. But some home made food is a good idea since he's a bachelor living on his own.

parna: No, you won't do that! Don't you want my house spanking clean?

venkat: Demands work with people who can comprehend. Men just need to be handled right. :)

subs: Hubby fears he'll run away cause he's a new friend. Maybe after a few meals and other trappings...

9:38 AM  
Blogger sanguine said...

ah good for you.
and wait till you see nish. he has the same advantage of height. the fans at our house are mostly at their cleanest best.
i can lend him to you on weekends;). just in case this fren runs away.LOL

9:58 AM  
Blogger Akruti said...

Hahahahaha.Whenever i have to clean the fans and tubes in my house i make sure that i do it on a sunday when my brother is at home,he is above6ft,so when he is still sleeping i keep lecturing him abt cleanliness being next to godliness and how he should be equally involved in duties if he wants rights and blah,blah,and then there comes the time when he cannot take it anymore and starts helping me:D,oh,but there r times when i have to act intelligent,i just hide the remote and switch off lights and fans in his room and make sure that he wont find his mobile till he helps me,but at times i still loose.I wish he had a friend who is taller than him,handling them is easy than handling my brother:(

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ohhh...use him!! what are hubby's friends for??!


12:58 PM  
Blogger anumita said...

sanguine: I might just take you up on your offer. But my lazy man might influence Nish and teach him a few lazy tricks...

akruti: Your bro is a dream. I don't even think of bullying my bro. It just doesn't work. Can only push the poor hubby around.

bips: I will. Now I have enough encouragement.

1:25 PM  
Blogger @$#!$# said...

a folding ladder / an extendable broom

a woman's best friends!!!

1:37 PM  
Blogger anumita said...

Asish: tut!tut! Don't give me such ideas!

1:42 PM  
Blogger transience said...

ah. very resourceful, you are.

1:55 PM  
Blogger Rat said...

Hehe !! My best friend is Six feet 4 inches and whenever he comes home he has to either change a bulb or get something down from the loft etc !! Go for it!! Use the tall men.

2:53 PM  
Blogger Raccoon said...

haha I dont see much of a future for tall men...c'mon Anumita...things like these will drive em into extinction over a period of time and short men will rule the earth!!!
and sigh...your hubby is lucky to have a wife who likes cleanliness - what of all those poor ppl whose wives are sloppier (excuse: busier) than they are...grrrrr!!!

4:04 PM  
Blogger Gangadhar said...

Anyway..I'm impressed by the fact that you 're interested in cleanliness...Good!!

4:59 PM  
Blogger anumita said...

transience: I am a fast learner.

rat: I fear he'll never even become friend (forget best friend) if I use him for cleaning house purposes!

pranav: Why A wife is often busier. And any husband who has a problem should pick up the broom himself.

gangadhar: Who isn't interested? The problem is fuelling the interest.

6:04 PM  
Blogger gulnaz said...

excellent idea! lol

6:20 PM  
Blogger Somu said...

Thats "heights" of innovative thinking ! lol ! Funny post !

11:40 PM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

time for an ultimatum! stop baking those cakes or better still, no dinner.:)

2:12 AM  
Blogger Vasu the terrible said...

Its just doing a little cleanup and such tall and mighty analysis..

I am sure the person concerned would be shocked to find such indepth analysis on one act of his, or the lack of it...

poor guy, give him a break...


11:13 AM  
Blogger anumita said...

gulnaz, somu: Thank you. Thank you. I have lot of ideas!

gratis: I haven't baked in a long time. And right, I won't now!

vasu: Tall friend doesn't have a clue. He'll be pounced on unannounced.

1:29 PM  
Blogger Khushee said...

Lol :)

1:43 PM  
Blogger liquid sunshine said...

:p this was hilarious!!!wow....i'm scared to imagine what u' make someone who was vertically challenged do!

1:51 PM  
Anonymous Uma said...

Loved the post Anumita. Great one. And my suggestion would be use him :)

2:52 PM  
Blogger Chakra Sampath said...

didn't u say, "just do it"?

3:31 PM  
Blogger Pallavi said...

Miku and moving ass... LOL

4:10 PM  
Blogger anumita said...

Khushee: How's work going?

liquid sunshine: Welcome! I like you name. And you are giving me ideas now about the vertical ones!

chakra: You think it's so simple?!

pallavi: I swear the man's ass will stick to his chair sometimes! He sits on it so long, though working, of course.

4:34 PM  
Blogger Miss Sea said...

Being the tall one in the house, I am always called upon for such chores.

Confession: there is a secret pride that one gets in doing that. Or mebbe i am just crazy.

5:25 PM  
Blogger psychacid said...


4:06 AM  
Blogger anumita said...

tipsy: Let me too confess, if I was a little taller myself, I would never have ANY problems with anyone! Would even do all the cleaning myself.

psychacid: Welcome!

4:21 PM  

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