Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Slyde’s Pet Peeve # 4 – Batteries Not Included

Happy New Year, you sexy people you!

As of this morning, I am officially back at work, so I guess as of this morning, I will officially start blogging again. Funny how that works, isn’t it?

I saw my dad off at the airport yesterday. It was sad to see him go, but hopefully he can return before too long. Driving home, I started thinking about the holidays, and how many toys Mini-Me had gotten this year.

And thinking about THAT got me thinking about my current pet peeve:

WHY DON’T PEOPLE INCLUDE BATTERIES IN THEIR GIFTS????

Damn, does that piss me off!

Do you have any idea how many gifts my son opened this Christmas that needed batteries that the giver did not bother to include? My son’s little face routinely went from “super excited” to “super disappointed” as he handed me gift after gift and asked me to open it so he could play with it, only to have me tell him, “Sorry, we don’t have the right kind of batteries. I’ll have to run out and get some in the morning”.

My God, people! It says right on the damn box what kind of batteries the toy needs! Why stick that on me, the parent? Do you really think it’s OK to give my son a $10 toy that requires I run out to the store to purchase $12 worth of batteries for? Who the fuck do I work for, Duracell?

Seriously, my son must have gotten about 8 toys from well-meaning people this year, sans batteries. I had to buy about $50 worth of batteries so I could make some plastic pieces of shit that my son didn’t even ask for in the first place light up and go “beep beep”.

Hell, one person even gave him something that needed batteries, AND a 60 fucking watt candelabra lightbulb (all NOT included, of course!). Because you know, I just happen to grow 60 watt candelabra lightbulbs out of my ass, so that was a lucky break for us.

I know you all mean well, but PLEASE, for the love of God, in the future, don’t give kids HALF of a gift. Either supply everything a child needs to play with your gift right out of the box, or just give him a gift card to Toys R Us or something.

Believe me, it will go a lot easier on the parents.

35 comments:

Dr Zibbs said...

My wife and I are constently battling over batteries. The fight is whether our kids should pay for them or not. My kids are 15 and 12 and I think they should buy their own.

Slyde said...

zibs: at 15 and 12, yeah, i'd probably agree with you. If they are getting an allowance, then they should be responsible enough to pay for that shit themselves..

Angie said...

Welcome back... nothing more to hate is when you want to use something and the batteries are MIA....I always keep a supply on hand , well in the frig.
Have a great day! xoxox
( I exposed myself on my blog... you haven't been over yet!)

B.E. Earl said...

What kind of modern father are you that you don't keep a well-stocked supply of batteries in the house?

I'm sure your 12 remote controls and your wireless mouse all work properly. What? You just buy replacements when they run out of juice? Feh.

Slyde said...

Angie: i've been waiting for a year for you to expose yourself to me... well done!

earl: spoken like someone who has no children. do you have any fucking clue how many batteries i go thru in a month with all my sons toys? there is no such thing in my house as keeping a well stocked supply.... as soon as i buy any, they are used up in days..

Faiqa said...

I adamantly second that emotion. In fact, let's just forgo the gift card and demand cash. That way we can skim a little off the top.

Slyde said...

faiqa: i like that idea MUCH better!

Heff said...

Lol ! My parents always kicked ass, and INCLUDED the batteries with the gift. I'm the type asshole that won't, though, lol !

i am the diva said...

y'know, i never thought of that - mostly cuz i would never buy a kid something that would need them, mostly cuz i have 11 nieces and nephews and i'm cheap like that... but i hereby vow - that should i ever purchase a gift like that in the future, to also include batteries.

oh, and i promise to teach my children to do the same so they won't live in a bateery-not-included future.

a good p.s.a., slyde!

Shania said...

I always include the batteries. After all, I wouldn't want to open a new toy and not have any batteries for it!

Slyde said...

heff - it sounds like your parents rocked!

diva: see? NOBODY thinks of it! it drives me batty!

Shania: THAT is exactly how i think of it...

Michelle said...

Yes i agree toys must be accompanied by a fresh supply of batteries. Even adult toys ummm need batteries if you know what i mean.

Not that i use adult toys or anything, just making a point you see!!!

Happy Tuesday!!!

AlleyCat said...

Welcome back. Hope your first week back at work is kind.

my kids shopping rule is: don't buy kids toys that need batteries unless you want to piss off the parent. If you really want to piss the parents off, provide LOTS of batteries!!!

Now I am wiser. Thanks Slyde!

dizzblnd said...

Glad to see you back again. Now that my kids are almost grown, I know how you feel. I will usually include batteries with gifts that I give. It is aggravating.


Can I pluck a lightbulb though or is it too early to be harvesting?

Caz said...

Just a little conservationist's perspective....
HOW ABOUT GETTING A RANGE OF RECHARGEABLES?? Much cheaper in the long run and much much better for the planet.

Tamara said...

What Caz said.

Also my first day back at work and back at blog. And my first 2009 smile-at-Slyde's-crazy-venting moment ;-)

Missed reading you.

mikeb302000 said...

We go through so many batteries that I decided to use the rechargeable ones. Next thing I know they start disappearing or getting thrown out with the regular ones. So I replace them, but since they cost about five times more, it kinda defeats the purpose.

signed
Frustrated

2abes said...

aaahhhh batteries....I remember those days well. Soon you'll graduate to buying toys that are way more expensive that don't require duracel.

Slyde said...

michele: i have no idea what kind of toys you might be talking about!

alley: that is a fine rule to follow!

dizz: you can certainly try to pluck something out of there anytime you'd like to try :)

caz: way ahead of you. I DO have a good bunch of rechargables, but i just simply dont have enough (yet) to cover every damn toy he gets...

Slyde said...

tamara: right back at ya... was just thinking about how i was missing you the other day..

mikeb: that has been my problem with the rechargables EXACTLY! No one in my house seems to understand the difference and they keep getting tossed. i've actually started keeping a list of all the things i have the rechargables in.

abes: that doesnt make me feel better...

Ookami Snow said...

What about the gift of a PS3? Should that be given only if games are also given?

Or should the gift of a blender come with something to blend up?

honeywine said...

He got an Easy Bake Oven??? WTH? lol We always give the batteries too. Well, Tina does. I just sit there and go, "Yeah, that looks like a good idea." :)

Slyde said...

ookami: i see where you are going with that, but i think my point is, give me everything i need to get the device to physically "work". anything beyond that is on me.

honeywine: lol! actually almost. he got CREEPY CRAWLERS! remember those as a kid? you pour a mold of a bug, put it in the bug-oven, and make your own plastic worms and such..

Turnbaby said...

That's just wrong---If I buy a present that requires batteries--be it for a child or an adult;-)--I always send them along.

Slyde said...

turnbaby: then you're one of the good ones! :)

Bruce said...

Tell you son it is Geroge Bush's fault for screwing up the economy....folks can't aford batteries anymore. Takes the heat of you for a little while.

Candy's daily Dandy said...

Slyde baby! I learned this lesson the hard way! After years of going through the same shit as you did- (I have two kids 19 months apart) I decided to go to Costco and stock up on batteries in AA, AAA, C and D in bulk so come x-mas morning we are prepared.
You know, it saves me the agravation, the kids are happy, and I can keep that loving feeling for my people flowing through the holidays. It's money well spent. Believe me.

Slyde said...

bruce: i dont know exactly what he would get out of that approach...

candy: i DO try to do that, but the amount of batteries we go thru is insane... even when i buy in bulk, we run out.

Chris H said...

What pisses me off is that so many toys NEED bloody batteries... and they don't take rechargeable ones either, so ya got to keep buying more and more. We bought dozens of batteries in advance, we are CLEVER like that! lol

Chris H said...

Not that you are not clever of course, ya just didn't think ahead eh?

Slyde said...

chris h: did you just call me stupid, and then take it back? :)

Being Brazen said...

I so agree - people must buy the batteries too

Ookami Snow said...

How about implementing battery rations, where you can only get a certain amount of new batteries each week unless he buys his own?

Slyde said...

brazen: agreed!

ookami: that would work, but he's only 6.

elizabeth said...

AMEN!