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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Marriage Advice From Yours Truly - As Stolen From Some Random Person

On my way to work I heard some marriage advice on the radio.  First I will give you the advice that I heard and then I will share with you my take on it.

A lady phoned in and said that her mother always said "If you're going to fight, strip to the waist first."

Interesting.  

However, I think in a man's eyes, that would just lead him toward cutting the fight short and heading straight for the make up session.  Correct?  

Or maybe that's the point.

The DJ's laughed and commented "Oh, dear, they're hanging a little lower this year."

That ticked me off, I'm not going to lie.

So, I phoned in.

Yes. I'm one of those freaks who will phone into radio stations and talk to them like we are best pals.  And, my friends, you think I over share on my blog??? 

You have no idea!

When they answered I told them I needed to "tweak" the advice a bit.  My version:

"I think that she should go ahead and strip from the waist up, but he needs to strip from the waist down. No fight is truly fair unless they are BOTH laughing." 

Well, they thought this was a riot.  

I thought it was only just.  

Really, he takes off his shirt to fight?  So what?

Why should he tick me off and then get to look at my boobs?  That's just dumb.  

The ladies are the last things he's going to see.  

Jerk.  

Right my friends?

Perhaps the couple in this story took advantage of this advice.  They look truly happy, don't they? (She may have to remove her PANTS now to make it a fair fight.  I'm just sayin'.) 



NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. - John Rocchio remembers his wife as a fetching young woman with an air of intelligence and a fine pair of legs. Amelia Rocchio recalls her husband as a handsome young man who didn't have much to say at first.

It was the start of something beautiful — and long-lasting.

Wed in a Roman Catholic church in Providence in 1923, the Rocchios marked their 82nd anniversary several months ago and could be the world's longest-married couple.

Have a great day everyone!

126 comments:

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

pretty funny girlie

Michelle said...

Oh my goodness, that was priceless.

Carebear said...

LOL! Funny story! You're brave. I always get nervous when I call in to a radio show and end up hanging up! Wish I'd heard this one - would've made for a more cheerful commute!

DysFUNctional Mom said...

OMG, I love that you did that! Too funny. Love that sweet story, too.

Ronda's Rants said...

You are so funny and YOU should have you own radio show!

Hootin' Anni said...

That was hilarious. Cute couple too.

My Wordful is posted. Come on over to view the capricious, critter capture this side of the Mississippi! hehehehehe, have a terrific Wednesday.

Amy said...

Whats good for the goose, is good of the gander. Great post!

Betty said...

You phoned in!! Yeah I love people who have the guts to do that. I would totally do something like that too. And I love your advice.

wy-not said...

Oh Lordie Rhonda that is FUNNY! I'll bet the listeners were cracking up too. You are one witty wittle wombat! And the 82-year marriage - WOW! How do two people who live together BOTH survive to be 100 or so. I wonder what their diet was like...

Susie said...

That is toooooooo funny!!!

angie said...

DEFINITELY sage advice, Rhonda! :)

Veggie Mom said...

I'm a radio caller-inner, too. I really think you should start a late-night call-in show. Advice is nice, but Rhonda's gotcha covered...or not!

Lilly said...

Oh good on you Rhonda!! And what you said was hilarious!!! Loved your story on that couple - 82 years. Yep I think they got it right. I love a good love story. My grandparents were the same.

Blog Stalker said...

I am glad you called in and set them straight! You are absolutely right and fair of course!

And what a sweet little couple too.

Have a great day!

luckysanjana said...

hi im new to your space actually new to blogspot.....you seem like fun and really witty too........and about the couple and as Wy-not wondered about the diet. Ithink its a no food diet where you remain stripped all the time.........

SoozNooz said...

Loved this! Newbie here too. Thanks so much for the giggle, Cheers Suz

Misty said...

Love it! However, if I told my husband about this fighting policy...he would probably want to fight all the time! lol

I became a follower! We sound too much alike for me not to!

Kristin said...

Dude. Hysterical.

Melanie said...

hilarious! wonderful picture :)

visiting from SITS.

Kris said...

Again....great stuff here. I see why you're a FB! That would make it very hard to fight wouldn't it?

Drahdrah said...

Love your take on this. My husband and I have actually discussed (jokingly), that when we are fighting, we should be naked... just to soften thing up a bit. We haven't actually done it yet, but who knows what the future holds.

La Belle Mere UK said...

Thats so funny! Bless that old couple though - 82 years of marriage!! Bloody hell. Wouldn't want to see them stripped for an argument! Eurgh.

Great FB!

B x

Becky @ Our Sweet Peas said...

This suggestion could definitely lead to more but much shorter fights!

Beth in NC said...

Ha, you are too funny. I enjoyed all of your featured blogger posts!

Have a great SITS day!
b

Ungirdled Passion said...

You are as clever and creative as funny! Happy SITS!

meandtheblueskies said...

I like it. Only fight in the nude. Very funny for everyone except maybe Brad and Angelina. Happy SITS day.

Helen McGinn said...

*LOL*...83 years with this husband? You can't have read my spider post....
;O) xx

K said...

Excellent marriage advice.

We all take ourselves a bit too seriously these days.

Moms Fighting Fat said...

Visiting from SITS...you completely rock! I loved this story and appreciate your boldness!

~ Sandy

Melissa said...

Good for you for calling in! I would have sat and fumed in silence. It's only fair for both of the participants to be half naked!

Creative Junkie said...

Love your comeback!

That photo is priceless - 82 years! Could they be any sweeter?

Jennifer Juniper said...

I have always wanted to call in when I hear ridiculous things on the radio, good for you :)

Cher said...

ha! we got that advice on our wedding day and have never followed it. It just doesn't seem to work. If i'm mad at him, I'm not gonna give him what he always wants! lame advice. :)

Smitten by Britain said...

I'm guessing it was a MAN who came up that idea originally but as usual it takes a WOMAN to make it better. Good for you!

Lisa said...

Fight fair! That's what I say!!
Hysterical!!

Joy said...

I loved your take on the advice and the story at the end. :o)

Congrats on your SITS feature!

Mommys Online Garage Sale said...

OMG...that was funny.

Tara said...

LOL!!!!!!!!! that is too good!!! lol!!!!

Robin said...

Oh wow....imagine....living with someone for 82 years. I love my husband but the thought of this continuing on for another 54 years is just creepy.

Chanda said...

Definitely a good one, lol

confused homemaker said...

Great advice, have to try it sometime. I have also seen that couple before & they are adorable.

Scrappy Girl said...

I bet the rest of the listeners to that station cracked up! My gparents are getting ready to celebrate 70 years in Dec.

Brooke said...

lol! hilarious.

although after my dad's comment to my mom, she certainly wouldn't be showing off her girls

"you use to be pretty when you were young." poor thing seriously was trying to compliment her!

Queenie Jeannie said...

This wouldn't work for me. My husband has a killer body and seeing him nakey-nake would make me forget what I was mad about, lol! And he NEEDS to be corrected sometimes!

Michelle said...

Well since I'm the only one who ever fights ( he just tries to calm me down) I'm leaving my clothes on!

B.o.B. said...

Too funny! I'll have to remember that, if I ever get married. LOL!

TR Hughes said...

Hilarious! This is so funny...

D2the4thPower said...

Yeah, I think I like YOUR idea better. That is too funny. Cute blog!

Happy SITS day!!

Melinda said...

Wow! 82 years ... that's really beautiful. No matter what tricks they used to resolve conflict, they must have done something right! ;0)

Visiting from SITS!

Aleta said...

OMG. I love it that you called the radio station. Enjoyed this!

Elizabeth Dackson said...

Aww, that's so sweet (the couple married for 82 years). They clearly must be on to something!

Melissa said...

Too funny!

Rose said...

I laughed out loud on that one! fair is fair!

(army)Wife said...

Hmmm...I do like that advice. But our fighting style is to see who can make the other person laugh first, because he who laughs first loses. I think I may be the winner of our next fight :)

she's so blog [nicholette] said...

personally, since i am always right. he should fight from the waist down. i should have the fun, not him. LOL j/k i agree w/ ya. cute blog. happy SITS!

Rbarakat said...

Good for yoToo funny!u to call in !

Rachel said...

Hahahaha!!! Very funny. Great perspective!

I'm enjoying your blog. Thanks for the laughs this morning.

Jessica said...

I absolutely agree with you! Boobs are a treat! Man boobs are NOT!

Sophia's Mom said...

"I think that she should go ahead and strip from the waist up, but he needs to strip from the waist down. No fight is truly fair unless they are BOTH laughing."

HAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAAHHA!!!

Kimi said...

Too good. I needed a laugh to jump start my Monday morning.

Jen said...

I think your comment to the DJ was right on, and I am so glad you included the photo and story of the older couple in your post, even if it was for visual effect :)

Have an awesome day as QFOD on SITS! Your blog is my very first visit ever as a member of the SITSterhood!

Single Mama NYC said...

'Atta girl! You tell 'em! :-D

blueviolet said...

You're brilliant. I tip my hat to you. (well, if I wore hats, that's what I would do)
Happy SITS day!

Double Dipped Sweets said...

Love it!

have a great SITS day!

Tonya said...

I totally agree with you...fair is fair! Happy SITS day!

{leah} said...

What's fair is fair....


happy sits day!

Ronnica said...

I'm glad you called in. I so hear things that I just have to comment on...and I wait and share it on the blog!

Laura said...

Good advice.

African American Mom said...

Funny! Funny!

Geeta said...

1. That's hilarious
2. Love the little story at the end... gives me hope!

kimberly said...

awesome!

Teresha and Damon said...

way to stand up for the wives! enjoy your SITS fb day!

Pricilla said...

Happy SITS day!
heh heh

Cynthia at A Shimmy in My Spirit said...

Great advice!

Emily's Bloggin' Out!!!! said...

Now your talkin!!! Happy sits day

Marrdy said...

I believe if women fought topless there would be no fighting. Men can even think when they see boobs!

Scottish Lass said...

Well I'm only 40 and I would have to take off my pants - surely this woman is taking off her socks??
Thanks for the laugh.

Robbie S. Redmon, LPC said...

I like this.

MarcomMom said...

Love it! You tell 'em, SITSta.

MarcomMom said...

Love it! You tell 'em, SITSta.

Juliet Grossman said...

Hilarious! So funny. And I love the long-married couple. I sometimes see anniversary announcements like that in the paper (well, not 82 yrs married lol! but long ones, like 50 yrs) and I have often been tempted to clip them out to save as inspiration. So often those folks have advice like, "Ignore half of what he does and praise the other half." Commonsense but definitely easier said than done;-)

Megan said...

That's hilarious!! Something to think about for our fights. :)

Beth said...

Yep I like the idea to strip but Im not sure the reason we were fighting in the first place would get resolved...lol. It would def come up again and might be worse the 2nd time around...hmmm...Good reading though! :)

Lance and Jewls said...

Couldn't agree more! I always heard the saying that if you're going to fight you should fight naked... it's a great way to make up! :)

SarahovertheRainbow said...

So funny! Fair IS fair!

Mary at My New 30 said...

What a great response - love it!!

Happy SITS Day!!

Alicia said...

what if you fight in public?? that might get a little weird :)

jori-o said...

Loverly advice! I've called in to radio shows before too, but I'm not the funny one!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Hilarious!!! I love the little old couple too. How sweet!!

Stalker v1.5 said...

Hilarious! Love the advice and the couple. I should be so lucky to be married 82 years!

sandy said...

That's great advice;0)

Henrietta said...

You were right to call in and set them straight! Love your blog, first visit from SITS, now a follower :)

Happy SITSday!

Mel said...

That's funny! Wow, 82 years! That is a long time....!:) So awesome, though!

Adrian's Crazy Life said...

That's funny! I know one of my friends makes her kids sit on opposite sides of the room when they fight and they have to sing the BYU fight song.

It gets them giggling so hard, they forget about the fight. I ought to try that on my hubby, but it would have to be the OU fight song, 'cuz he's from Oklahoma and wouldn't be caught dead singing anything from BYU!

Mama Mel said...

That's funny! :)

Legallyblondemel said...

Excellent, excellent stuff - and hello from SITS!

If my own personal husband is so unwise as to tick me off, the last thing he will get to enjoy is me sans clothes. Your compromise suggestion is a good one, though.

C. Beth said...

Ha ha ha! I love what you said to the DJ!!!

dddiva said...

Thanks for the laugh- priceless.

theselfloveproject said...

great advice..lol!

Julie said...

That was funny!!! If I knew you in person you would be a member of my Girls Club. you got it Girl! keep it! and always speak your mind. Oh you may only offend some the rest of us will bust a gut. Thanks

BlogBaby said...

You are so right! Fair is fair, right?!

BlogBaby

Kekibird said...

Very funny and some good advice. You'll be laughing so hard at each other you'll forget what you were fighting about in the first place!

Reluctant Housewife said...

Very funny! Excellent suggestion - the pants off for men. It evens things out nicely.

Rae Ann said...

I have some friends who actually stripped naked if they were going to really have a fight. To this day, if they start getting riled up they start taking off clothing. They have been married around 35 years.

CoffeewithZooly said...

It works.

Yes I'm silly enough to have tried the advice. During a recent debate on what colour we should paint our walls and a very long winded debate from my engineer of a husband on the benefits of beige. I simply took my top off and sat down for him to finish. Well he finished mid-sentence, asked why & then went off to sulk because of my silly way to fight. The wall is the red I choose.

Amy said...

See, I am thinking that the men are the ones who always came up with the fixing a fight ideas. The world needs more people like you who can tell 'em what's what. Fair is fair. :)

Mama Mair said...

Keep calling the radio stations, I love listening to the "crazy" callers. The world would be so boring without it. As for the marriage advice I'll stick with keeping separate bank accounts!
Happy SITS day!

Courtney D said...

brilliant!

Mountain Mama said...

My yoga instructor suggests fighting in an awkward yoga position.

It would be even more awkward if he took off his pants.

Lady Mama said...

Haha. Good advice. And very funny.

aforestfrolic said...

Hahaha, hilarious!

Jamie :)

greedygrace said...

LOL! How true!

Karen (KayKay) said...

I totally agree with you! The guy removes his shirt? Big deal. The problem will be those fights in the car - or those little fights that you have in public. Don't no how the no pants/no shirt thing would work then.

The Redhead Riter said...

How beautiful...married 82 years. I can't imagine.

Visiting from SITS

:o) Hope you had a Happy Monday!

Bentley Boutique said...

You're killing me! ROTFL
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Controlling My Chaos said...

You are just hilarious. I'm going to have to make your blog a regular stop of mine. Happy SITS day!

shortmama said...

Great comeback! What a cute story at the end!

Shannon said...

Oh, yeah! I totally agree with your "tweak", LOL!

Sarah said...

Wow! 82 years together. That's amazing. My parents just hit 26, and my grandparents are close to 60 years together. I hope my marriage is that successful!!

JennyMac said...

very cute...and love your revision to the advice. LOL. Hope your SITS day was fantastic.

NJDecorator said...

Love that advice and I may use it often! Stopping by from SITS to say HI and congrats!

Cindi @ Moomette's Magnificents said...

Happy SITS!

Been married 35 years - every day's an adventure.

I like the part about everybody laughing.....

Little Miss Baker said...

Gosh what a sweet couple. How adorable :) I love it!

Lavender n Lattés said...

Just stopping by from SITS. Loved your post!

Keyona said...

Funny story. Funny blog.

Lisa said...

Stopping by from SITS.

LOVE the story. I like your wisdom WAY better than the other. I'm sure you made the DJ's day too ;)