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Old 18.08.2011, 14:22
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And if they don't remove the gloves before handling the money and put them on again before touching food then the problem remains the same.
I thought it was to keep their nails clean!



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The Swiss, as well as keeping their rifles at home to be instantly ready to repell an invasion, must also keep their drawing room clinically clean in case there is need to open an ad-hoc military hospital.

In fact, if you are injured in an accident and require surgery then you have the right to knock on the nearest door and have your injuries treated there. The costs for this will be paid by your mandatory health insurance. This is useful to know when you want to avoid an 800 CHF ambulance ride.

When there is a surgeon present then the householder will hang a reverse red cross flag somewhere on the building.
DB get out of this poor man right now!
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Old 18.08.2011, 14:25
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If only I were bored enough to clean more..
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Old 18.08.2011, 14:27
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Oh, my mother would have been diagnosed had she ever bothered to consider herself as crazy. All of my siblings have shades of OCD behavior, some as bad as my mother. I have it, too, but to a much lesser degree which doesn't really say much as have a hard time occupying a space with a mess machine that a 4yo is and working hard at not stressing out.
I have a 3 year old and a 1 year old and I completely relate to your post. Most of my stress comes from the children messing. I know it's not good and every day I have to keep reminding myself to take a chill pill. Some days are better than others.

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While babysitting my neighbor's little boy I brought out a plate of cookies as a snack. As he was eating he dropped a cookie on the floor, which then shattered into crumbs.

The little tyke immediately jumped up shouting "Versorge! Versorge!", ran to get a dustbuster and quickly vacumed up the crumbs.


He was three years old.


They start 'em early here, don't they?
This is the problem I have with my 3 year old now. If there is a drop of water on her clothing, she will take it all off and put clean/dry clothes on. She doesn't like it if water is on the outside of her water bottle.. The list goes on.
I know, "mother of the year"... Not. . I'm better with my little boy but not good enough. He has already began exhibiting annoyance at certain cleanliness related issues .
I often tell my husband that I wish I could just live in a bit of a mess as it would make so much less work and stress for me. I am indeed my own worst enemy
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Old 18.08.2011, 14:33
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oh dear, sounds exactly like my mum.

When I first invited her over to my new apartment to stay for the weekend, which I thought was in pristine condition (and I consider myself very houseproud), she wrinkled her nose but said nothing. The next morning, when I got up, the entire lounge area was IMMACULATE and spotless. Was like a scene out of a Home & Garden magazine - not a single thing out of place or a spot of dust on the surfaces. It smelt lovely and fresh...and then she walked in the door with breakfast...

Mums really do know how to make you feel bad about your cooking and cleaning skills dont they?
How about taking this as a positive? When I go over to my daughter's in the UK, who has a very full job and 2 little ones- I often do a good Spring clean for her- the sort of thing she'd never have the time and energy to do herself at the mo. Same for the garden, pruning, weeding and some planting. She knows it is not a criticism, but quite on the contrary, just me wanting to help her. We always talk about it first- and she is very grateful and is a real treat for her. I never had any help as my mum lived abroad and worked full time- it's great to be able to do that for her. Mind you, I do not wrinkle my nose when I arrive, lol.
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Old 18.08.2011, 14:34
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Sorry no, the plate rinsing was not me.

UK clean is above French & slightly below German which is way below Swiss clean.

1. Biological research facility
2. Swiss operating theatre
3. Swiss kitchen
4. Swiss bathroom
5. Swiss restaurant
6. German home
7. Scandinavian home
8. UK home
9. Homes in rest of Europe
Biological research facilities aren't that clean. That's why we use class II laminar flow hoods
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Old 18.08.2011, 14:41
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I think the term "OCD" is being bandied about a bit loosely here. It's a debilitating psychological condition.

Today's "OCD" seems to be the new trendy name for yesteryear's "house-proud".
No no no. Before OCD was invented/characterised as a proper psychological problem, people still suffered from it. Being "house proud" was simply their self-help therapy/excuse.
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Old 18.08.2011, 14:47
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No no no. Before OCD was invented/characterised as a proper psychological problem, people still suffered from it. Being "house proud" was simply their self-help therapy/excuse.
Nah. All the woman I know whose houses are absolutely spotless but still get cleaned and mopped twice a day are just dull and boring and they just clean to fill their day. They have no hobbies or interests apart from the cleaning.

No need to put a medical tag on it.
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Old 18.08.2011, 14:52
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Nah. All the woman I know whose houses are absolutely spotless but still get cleaned and mopped twice a day are just dull and boring and they just clean to fill their day. They have no hobbies or interests apart from the cleaning.

No need to put a medical tag on it.
I didn't want to be so blunt but it's true.. a woman who can't relax in a less than spotless environment and who's constantly preoccupied with hygiene, cleaning is definitely not for me. Anything that doesn't add to quality of life, as subjective as that may be, is wasted time and effort. Their constant cleaning seems to make them less, and not more at ease with their environment.
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Old 18.08.2011, 14:55
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This happened 30 years ago.......
........... this incident happened 30 years ago* ???

(Is it the heat today?)






*I guess she couldn't SMS or email the couple to warn them that the floors weren't clean
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Old 18.08.2011, 15:20
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How about taking this as a positive? When I go over to my daughter's in the UK, who has a very full job and 2 little ones- I often do a good Spring clean for her- the sort of thing she'd never have the time and energy to do herself at the mo. Same for the garden, pruning, weeding and some planting. She knows it is not a criticism, but quite on the contrary, just me wanting to help her. We always talk about it first- and she is very grateful and is a real treat for her. I never had any help as my mum lived abroad and worked full time- it's great to be able to do that for her. Mind you, I do not wrinkle my nose when I arrive, lol.
Er I never saw it as a negative. In fact, what I said about making me feel bad was semi tongue in cheek.
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Old 18.08.2011, 15:45
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While babysitting my neighbor's little boy I brought out a plate of cookies as a snack. As he was eating he dropped a cookie on the floor, which then shattered into crumbs.

The little tyke immediately jumped up shouting "Versorge! Versorge!", ran to get a dustbuster and quickly vacumed up the crumbs.


He was three years old.


They start 'em early here, don't they?
Well, considering that I'm quite lazy and really HATE cleaning, we eat at the kitchen's table in plates, and I'm quite strict with my son about it.

The result is that my son has pretty good table manners, and I can Hoover my place only once a week

Now I'm trying to teach my dog to stop shedding hairs
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Re: Rude guest

My mum used to be a Mid-wife and always kept the house like we were expecting a barrage of pregnant women to come in and deliver in any part of the house. In time, I got to appreciate the overly clean nature of my mum. Its quite hard to find a gf to match the standard of cleanliness which I have now inherited from my mum. On the positive side, my swiss WG mates love it and we get along just fine spotless house, cooker, bathrooms and we are three guys. I had to move out of the house of a previous housemate who had cats, thought it was okay to leave their puke in bowls and in the kitchen sink...I will stop there. Gross.

That being said, when i do visit people, I have to admit to glancing around occasionally to see just how clean the person is. It really does say a lot about a person. I guess, just going to the park or a bar solves the issue. You can both complain about how dirty the Mc Donalds or the park is without hurting each other's feeling ...unless your friend's dad is the owner of Mc Donalds

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Old 18.08.2011, 15:53
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The Swiss, as well as keeping their rifles at home to be instantly ready to repell an invasion, must also keep their drawing room clinically clean in case there is need to open an ad-hoc military hospital.

In fact, if you are injured in an accident and require surgery then you have the right to knock on the nearest door and have your injuries treated there. The costs for this will be paid by your mandatory health insurance. This is useful to know when you want to avoid an 800 CHF ambulance ride.

When there is a surgeon present then the householder will hang a reverse red cross flag somewhere on the building.
And the rifle is there in case your injuries are untreatable
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Old 18.08.2011, 18:50
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Re: Rude guest

I had a friend staying here for a week. On the first day she had to stay in the flat alone as i was working. I came back and she had cleaned the impossible to clean carpet (ok easy to clean im just lazy) and the kitchen was cleaner that i had seen in ages.

My reaction? I pointed to a tiny tiny mark on the floor and said she missed a spot :P

Well she is my best friend since 15 years. We are ok
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Old 18.08.2011, 19:44
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UK clean is above French & slightly below German which is way below Swiss clean.
Interestingly if I was to rate personal hygine I would put Swiss women at the bottom. It's probably because they can only use a washing machine once a week & don't shower after 10 at night. Of course the use loads of purfume trick does not work.
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Old 18.08.2011, 19:51
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Most idiotic statement I have ever heard from anyone.
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Most idiotic statement I have ever heard from anyone.
I think your irony detector must be switched off ...
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Where is the irony in making such an idiotic statement.

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Incredible - I was born and bred in CH- but this is beyond the beyond! I am proud to say our house is very much lived in, and so are those of my friends and neighbours.
It's the parallel universe thing again Odile! We just seem to live in a parallel universe....
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Old 18.08.2011, 20:11
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Where is the irony in making such an idiotic statement.
I don't think it's idiotic, I just don't like stinky women.
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