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Is this a guy thing, or what?
Posted by: DaviDC.
Date: December 27, 2006 08:30PM
A friend gave me a new toaster oven for Xmas. I moved the old one off the counter then got the DustBuster to vacuum up the crumbs that were under it. Both female friends were aghast that I did this!

I told 'em I planned on wiping the counter off, but wanted to get the big stuff first. Both looked at me as if I'd lost my mind.

Do men & women really go about household cleaning from such different directions?



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Re: Is this a guy thing, or what?
Posted by: jdc
Date: December 27, 2006 08:34PM
i woulda used a shop vac, depending on the size of the pieces =)





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Re: Is this a guy thing, or what?
Posted by: MacMagus
Date: December 27, 2006 08:36PM
I'm a guy.

I would have used a couple of paper towels and a spray bottle of kitchen surface-cleaner.

The big stuff wipes off with the little stuff.

The DustBuster is for less ant-prone stuff. Crap sits in my DustBuster for months between cleanings.
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Re: Is this a guy thing, or what?
Posted by: lafinfil
Date: December 27, 2006 08:39PM
This is when you need a dog.



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Re: Is this a guy thing, or what?
Posted by: fmgtech
Date: December 27, 2006 08:53PM
What's the problem. It's just like vacuuming. When the vacuum won't pick something up, you reach down pick it up, look at it, and then throw it back down to give the vac a second chance. Perfectly normal.

I once had a female ask me if that was the way I washed dishes. I left the water running while I washed. I asked her if she was a professional diswasher or something like that and then gave her a copy of Ike Turner's book, "Womens be thinkin too much."
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Re: Is this a guy thing, or what?
Posted by: BigGuynRusty
Date: December 27, 2006 08:58PM
If they complain, let them do the job.
This applies to male, or female.
Shuts them right up.

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Re: Is this a guy thing, or what?
Posted by: AlphaDog
Date: December 27, 2006 10:00PM
This woman is aghast at the fact there were crumbs under your old toaster oven. smiling smiley However, since there were, I think your method worked fine. Makes sense to me.
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Re: Is this a guy thing, or what?
Posted by: blusubaru
Date: December 27, 2006 10:18PM
The fact that you have a toaster oven in the first place should be the clue. It was my main appliance in bachelorhood, but was one of the first things to go afterward. I miss it...

EDIT: The toaster oven that is smiling smiley



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Re: Is this a guy thing, or what?
Posted by: mikebw
Date: December 28, 2006 12:10AM
I would have just used a sponge and wiped all the crumbs into the sink, but that's because my toastoven is right next to the sink and it's the easiest thing to do. Don't have a 'dustbuster' either.
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Re: Is this a guy thing, or what?
Posted by: DP
Date: December 28, 2006 06:46AM
It's covered on page 63 of "Men Are From Mars, Women Are Meteors That Crash Into Mars".
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Re: Is this a guy thing, or what?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: December 28, 2006 10:18AM
It's a guy thing to use technology to make a job 'easier' instead of just doing it straight off.

Then again, i would have just swiped them off the counter with one hand, catching them in the other hand. And I clean the crumb tray periodically by unplugging the damn thing, opening it over the sink, and shaking it. Then wiping the interior down with a damp sopay rag, and letting it all dry before plugging it in again..... ok, ok, I actually plug it in and run it through two 'toast' cycles to dry it off.

Now if someone had commented about using a leaf blower to clean out the kitchen...
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Re: Is this a guy thing, or what?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: December 28, 2006 11:33AM
A pretty funny thread, but AlphaDog is spot on.

I'm with MM, BGnR, mike, and c3.

Toaster ovens and microwaves have saved the lives of many bachelors.






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Re: Is this a guy thing, or what?
Posted by: DaviDC.
Date: December 28, 2006 03:10PM
I don't even own a stove. That spot is occupied by the dishwasher.
I sent this thread to one of the friends involved & she got a big kick out of it. She figured it was a guy thing to reach for a gadget rather than a paper towel. She was horrified that I'd put something on the counter that I use on the floor, which was a good point.

The other friend helped me thoroughly clean the kitchen right after Thanksgiving, complete with moving everything off the counter. She handed me the toaster & asked when was the last time I'd emptied out the crumbs.

The look on her face when I asked, "You're supposed to empty this thing?" was priceless!



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Re: Is this a guy thing, or what?
Posted by: raz
Date: December 28, 2006 05:26PM
It's not a guyy/gal thing.

I'm far more anal about cleaning the kitchen than my wife. I'll routinely put things back on the to-be-washed side of the sink when emptying the drying rack. (Pots and bowls have outsides that need to be washed - go figure). I can't even start cooking unless I have a clean surface for preparation.



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