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What is the touchiest subject between you and your in-laws?

Asked at The Merc, 901 Iowa on November 23, 2009

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“Politics. I’m far left, and they’re far right.”

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“The upbringing of the children. They have their views, and I have my views.”

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“Which restaurant to go to.”

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“Religion. We’re strongly Christian, and our in-laws are nominally Christian.”

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2Bfrank 4 years, 4 months ago

bong hits before i go visit them?

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 5 months ago

jonas, in-laws= the blood relatives of the person you married.

out-laws= the spouses of those siblings, etc.

I was told this by my Outlaw Brother in Law down in the Panhandle. You all know these people.

These are the ones. that when the 'siblings' are retelling old stories,off in the kitchen bantering together...the outlaws are in the living room cracking another six pack, pouring another Rich and Rare, and telling stories the mother in law probably wouldn't approve of...and noting that the outlaws can probably run circles around the inlaws, and the inlaws would take a day or so to figure it out. The ones you giggle about the inlaws with, lovingly. ;)

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workinghard 4 years, 5 months ago

They complain I don't call or visit enough.

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Marion Lynn 4 years, 5 months ago

Well, a part of the problem may have been that Daddy walked in on us once before we were married ans asked us what we were doing.

At that point, I became convinced that my future Father-In-Law was some kind of moron, in spite of having sired a daughter with an IQ of like 180.

It went like this.....................

"My future Dad-In-Law said, "Say, what you doin' in bed?"

I said, "We're only tryin' to get us some Peace!"

Didn't work.

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cj123 4 years, 5 months ago

i just wish my in-laws were normal people. my father-in-law is a severe alcoholic and my mother-in-law is schizoprenic.sucks!

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H_Lecter 4 years, 5 months ago

Wrapping people in bubble wrap isn't all it's cracked up to be.

To really keep them fresh, I seal them in plastic bags and foil before putting them in the freezer.

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Leslie Swearingen 4 years, 5 months ago

OldEnuf2BYurDad I don't have an in-law, but I would gladly wrap the grandchildren in bubble wrap. I would hire bodyguards 24/7 and have everyone they come in contact with double checked with the FBI. I do respect her rights as a mother and do not go against her wishes concerning her children, but, inside-

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rantor 4 years, 5 months ago

Who's a better french-kisser her dad or me.

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jumpin_catfish 4 years, 5 months ago

Who is smarter but I'm glad to report that issued has been settled: I'm smarter. They knew it along but just would not face facts, kind a like Obama.

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OldEnuf2BYurDad 4 years, 5 months ago

My refusal to wrap my daughter in bubble wrap, and that I don't think every sneeze is a symptom of [latest disease discussed on network TV].

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ohgeeze 4 years, 5 months ago

Haven't gotten married yet...but my dad always used to be furious at my mom's parents for letting me drive when I was 13 and sneaking me the "good" egg nog when I was in highschool...

To this day my grandma still sneaks me cider with extra bourbon even though I'm of age... :-)

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grammaddy 4 years, 5 months ago

What the ...? Why would you say that? We eat turkey and the "bong" got broken years ago! It does kinda look like the United Nations is holding court here, though.

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Thing 4 years, 5 months ago

Can you just imagine Thanksgiving at Grammaddy's house? TV vegetarian dinners and "please pass the bong"!

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redmorgan 4 years, 5 months ago

My potato soup...they think I'm trying to kill my husband with it.

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paisley 4 years, 5 months ago

My in laws are the most selfish people I have ever met. They think the world revolves around their every whim and all must do their bidding at the drop of a dime. I highly resent their willingness to use up my time. Oh I can and have said "No", but my spouse does not know how to. Just talking about them is an explosive subject with me.

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OJ_Simpson 4 years, 5 months ago

They are so judgmental; they don't like my book. Geez, everybody's a critic.

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Dresden 4 years, 5 months ago

The moon landing, it never happened.

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Tony Kisner 4 years, 5 months ago

The fact that I married their daughter.

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drake 4 years, 5 months ago

My mother-in-laws moustache.

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Tom Shewmon 4 years, 5 months ago

Nothing really, but my mother in law, upon every visit to our house, dutifully inspects our two dogs dental hygiene. She always gives them a thumbs up. Funny.

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trinity 4 years, 5 months ago

how much liquor to put in the fruitcake. always causes quite the battle. ;)

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jehovah_bob 4 years, 5 months ago

My Monopoly strategy. Apparently it is in bad taste to own all the properties.

Oh, and the large number of extramarital relationships that I wish to persue.

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monkey_c 4 years, 5 months ago

2Bfrank - You or them? And you/they got some problem with that? hee hee

My only problem with my in-laws are that they are crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy lunatics and you must stear clear.

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mom_of_three 4 years, 5 months ago

My mom still lives in the same town she was born in. Her paternal grandparents had southern roots, but her maternal grandparents grew up in Oklahoma and her hometown. Not sure where my mom's views came from, as my grandparents kind of held things in check, but then again, my mother could just be a product of her time.
My husband gets along with my mom great. I always joke that she likes him more than me.

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 5 months ago

Yeah, yeah I know, Autie. It just feels more celebratory when I do it on the proper day.

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Robert Kiefer 4 years, 5 months ago

my in laws are great! My wifes on the other hand, not so good!

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autie 4 years, 5 months ago

L'TOB, it is most acceptable to kick a ginger when ever you feel the urge. You don't need stinkin special day.

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 5 months ago

I wish I had of knowned that last Friday was Kick a Ginger Day. I can't beleive I have to wait a whole year for that to come around.

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autie 4 years, 5 months ago

I guess the only thing we ever really disagreed on was FDR. My mother in law is convinced it was he who really ruined this country. But now she just thinks I'm the guy from the electric company that comes by to read the meter so we don't argue much.

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 5 months ago

My ex inlaws spent all the years in an all out flame war. Mostly due to my ex who doesn't get along with any one. Current status I'm told is..he's not talking to any of his sibs..all these people are between 50-70, good people too. Thank goodness they all live far apart and I'm out of it.

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jonas_opines 4 years, 5 months ago

They're kind of. . . . weird. But it would be politics, where they hold to the "everybody is at fault but people like me" philosophy of society. Oh well.

By the way, the term to properly use, I'd say, for in-laws who are the parents of a divorced spouse, (well, not the proper one, but clearly the best)

. . . is Out-laws.

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Fixed_Asset 4 years, 5 months ago

"Strongly Christian" as opposed to "Nominally Christian". WOW.

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Dresden 4 years, 5 months ago

Was your mom a democrat before the civil rights act? Did she or her grandparents come from the south?

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mom_of_three 4 years, 5 months ago

In-laws are not necessarily a reflection of your significant other. My mom has been married three times, divorced twice, is very Republican, conservative, and well, racist. I am the total opposite of her. She has no idea where I got my thoughts and opinions on subjects, and neither do I.

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prospector 4 years, 5 months ago

It was always good until I got the revelation concerning who my ex was letting touch her.

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Dresden 4 years, 5 months ago

I second that Vanguard; I respect and love my in laws that produced such a wonderful person that I am married to. I also look forward to religious and political debates with them.

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vanguard3 4 years, 5 months ago

My in-laws had the greatest hand in the formation of a really great daughter, and I see their profound influences in her life manifest themselves every day. So, I can do nothing but love, admire and respect them.

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Matt Warman 4 years, 5 months ago

I don't have any problems with my In-Laws

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Mel Briscoe 4 years, 5 months ago

i don't have any in-laws! yay me! :)

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hillbilly_jim 4 years, 5 months ago

It's my house, I'll walk around in the buff if I want to.

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grammaddy 4 years, 5 months ago

The raising of the grandchildren. Evidently I don't beat them enough, the grandkids that is.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 4 years, 5 months ago

"What's funny is that they are liberals in every way except for the two subjects where being a liberal is actually fun…sex and alcohol." - Lab

Around these parts, that is incestuous.

Damn touchy people, keep your hands to your self, it's wrong and it spreads swine flu.

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BigPrune 4 years, 5 months ago

I'm sorry, they are now my ex-inlaws, thank God.

carry on.

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labmonkey 4 years, 5 months ago

Same old stuff...politics and religion. What's funny is that they are liberals in every way except for the two subjects where being a liberal is actually fun...sex and alcohol.

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BigPrune 4 years, 5 months ago

I NEVER fight with them, I just think they are losers, because they are.

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BABBOY 4 years, 5 months ago

No issue with my inlaws. GREAT people. Do not understand people who fight with their inlaws. Assume that people that do have major issues of their own.

Take BigPrune for example.

(that guy is too easy to pick on)

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BigPrune 4 years, 5 months ago

They want to control our existence but they have no common sense. They don't believe in boundaries. They are former military so they feel the need to be involved in everyone's life with a tow the company line or you're out attitude.

They are holier than thou hypocritical Christians (they've changed denominations 3 times in 8 years, and so should we) and they love to back stab. Drama is their middle name. Toxic is an understatement.

But other than that they're great! and I love them. :)

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yoornotmee 4 years, 5 months ago

They wouldn't be your in-laws but if you had kids they'd still be the grandparents.

I don't have issues with mi in-laws, even though we're politically and religiously on opposite ends of the spectrum. (pro-choice/atheist & pro-life/super Christian)

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Marion Lynn 4 years, 5 months ago

Don't have inlaws.

Only got married once but I wonder................

...do you get rid of your inlaws when you get a divorce or are they always your inlaws?

Oh, well; haven't seen any of them since maybe 1985!

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Donnuts 4 years, 5 months ago

My first marriage.... the fact that I left her.

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