TheGirl has some intriguing gift ideas for single girls. Hugh Paxton’s Blog, from bitter personal experience wouldn’t suggest buying any clothing for a girl, single or otherwise. A T-shirt is safe territory, a shawl, or scarf, but beyond that my advice is let them buy it themselves and applaud their taste, style, and pay for it discretely.
The Girl’s recommendations regarding security gifts – again, I have qualms. Installing a security system is certainly a demonstration of concern and care but is bloody expensive and perhaps might be misconstrued as a desire to control her freedom of movement and if security systems go wrong when she reels home after an adventurous night away with your best friend’s Dad, presses the wrong buttons and armed securities arrive, then it can get complicated.
Noise is everybody’s best weapon, male or female. And it certainly works in LA parking lots when the car alarm chorus starts. If I was LAPD I really wouldn’t know where to start! Which is why nobody bothers responding.
My advice to my daughter if she runs into trouble is scream and keep screaming. She won’t get into trouble. But if she does, a feminine scream brings a thundering rush of white knights in shining armour. There have been revolting exceptions, but in my experience people don’t want vulnerable people to be hurt.
Getting lost in the woods. This is a plan of TheGirl that I agree with. If you get lost some sort of beacon is helpful. I hope nobody buys her one and she activates in Kew Gardens.
The car plan! Brilliant! Especially in the US or my travel zones in Europe or Africa. I have broken down in the most unexpected and potentially unhelpful places. I have consistently been utterly unequipped to cope! If I was to buy a single girl in my life any of TheGirl’s suggestions I’d go for this option! If I was totally head over heels in love I’d also enroll us both on a quick First Aid course. Having a first aid kit isn’t sufficient – you need to know what to do with it. Don’t get a qualification – that makes you legally responsible to help and if you have ever encountered a bunch of seriously traumatized accident victims, “officially helping” is the last thing I suggest. If you say “I’m a trained First Aider” in Namibia they assume you’ll suddenly pull a trolley and a high speed ambulance out of your arse and get in your way and if you shout “Spinal injury potential. Blanket. Absolutely do not move the patient,” they’ll move things around, try and hide their beer, and punch you in the eye if you can’t pull an ambulance.
While you fail to qualify for first aid status spend a dirty weekend away with a redneck mechanic in his garage learning how to use all the tools in your kit that are essential to rescue an ailing car. If you are in England just join the AA or RAC. They’ll do it all for you. The roadmaps are also helpful.
That’s about all I have to say on this topic. Other than thanking TheGirl for a stimulating post. Always good fun!
Perhaps theGirl’s next post might say what she would like for a present for herself? That could guide many! And, perhaps, more interesting, what she really wouldn’t like?
Cheers from Bangkok!
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Subject: [New post] 5 Gifts for the Single Ladies in Your Life
|TheGirl posted: "Having trouble deciding what to get the single girl in your life? Need a little inspiration? Whether you’re thinking of a friend or your sister, your daughter or niece, these five gifts are suitable for all the women in your life. Something to Wear"