The Running Realtor: Merry Tee'd Off Tueday!

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Merry Tee'd Off Tueday!

So This Is Christmas!  

This Christmas is Number 31 for me and my wife... After all these years of shopping I think I do fine but I need to get a little tee'd off at the quality control standards of clothing manufacturers.  When I was first married my wife was a perfect size 5...  shopping was easy   Jeans.. Size 5... Dress Size 5... Ring Size 5... Shoes Size 5...  Bra...  well... harnessing the twins it a little trickier but you get my point...

Over the years sizes have changed.... Although my wife remains the same physical size and weight she was 30 years ago the definition of Size 5 has been modified in the United States...  Now depending on the brand she may need a size 4, 3 or 2.

The same technique is used in the supermarkets.  Remember when a pound of coffee was purchased in  16 ounces cans. I recall the transition when those silly little cans showed up and then one day the standard #2 Can was gone!   Do they really think it goes unnoticed?  

Think about it... They reduce the size of food containers so we pay more for less and they change the sizing standards for clothing so we feel thinner...  I get a bit ticked that they feel we are so easily brainwashed...

It's approaching 5:00 am on the East Coast, soon excited children will start ripping into their Christmas Prizes and wives will explain to their husband that selecting sizes is not that simple... You also need to know a little about Juniors and Misses and Petite!


Merry Christmas!!!          ( Susie - Enjoy the Snow! )


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Comment balloon 36 commentsNo Longer Active • December 25 2007 03:57AM


Self preservation lesson #1 for men! - DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT purchase a present for your wife that involves sizes. Merry Christmas!  8-)
Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 12 years ago

Dan...  Mike's comment is pretty funny. But I do know what you mean about sizes, the same goes for men also.... nothing is the same between the same sizes.... now I am tee'd off... lol 

Happy Holidays to you and Sandra...

jeff belonger
Posted by Jeff Belonger, The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans ( Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc) over 12 years ago
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays!
Posted by Laurie Manny (Long Beach CA Real Estate) over 12 years ago
Dan, you and Sandra have a wonderful Christmas today!
Posted by Linda Scanlan (A Fan of AR) over 12 years ago
Dan - Thanks ever so much for letting the world know my size. : )
Posted by Sandra Cummings, Real Estate Agent, Guilford Connecticut (William Raveis Real Estate) over 12 years ago

Michael....  I've been around long enough to have mastered sizing...

Jeff...Yes we do have our own set of problems... I always wore Levi jeans which were the American standard for a hundred years as I recall... Wasn't very happy when they tightened the crotch, even complained to a salesperson once.  It's not like we grow balls when we hit a certain age... or do we..... LOL

Laurie & Linda.... Have a great holiday too.....

Sandra... It's just a number... and like I told Michael I've been around long enough to know how to play the game..  I could have used size 10 for the example but then you'd be complaining that I thought you were fat!  BTW... The current size 4 is like the old 14 so did I really give away anything?     :-)

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 12 years ago
You and Sandra have twins? =)  Merry Christmas to all!!
Posted by Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 305.81.HOUSE (46873), GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay | (eXp Realty LLC) over 12 years ago
Merry Christmas Dan and Sandra...Let's hope we all have some major lack of inventory in 2008!
Posted by Monika McGillicuddy, Southern NH & the Seacoast Area (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty) over 12 years ago
Dan,  Merry Christmas to you and your family!  I don't understand what Sandra was joshing about, at least you didn't go any further with the 'twins.'
Posted by Marc Grossman, GRI, Greater Orlando Real Estate Broker (Marc It Sold!) over 12 years ago

Merry Christmas Dan & Sandra!

Since this is a Teed off Tuesday post....I have to say that I'm sure many women who are a size 10 would be insulted by that fact that you think a size 10 is considered fat, when in fact that is the average size on the chart! And how is a 4 like a 14....I'm confused? ;)



Posted by Suzanne Sands, Somerset MA Real Estate (Pavao Real Estate) over 12 years ago
I like how it was phrased in Entrapment with Sean Connery - "Buy the dress a size smaller than you think, that way you make them happy.  If they manage to fit in the dress, then you will be happy" (ok - I paraphrased the last part!)
Posted by Matthew Rosov, Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist (Amerisave Mortgage Corporation) over 12 years ago
Dan, Merry Christmas. Well, if Sandra is still a size 5, I am impressed.
Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 12 years ago
Dan...thanks for the energy you bring to our AR Network...and all the good info =)  Merry Christmas...May 2008 bring you "just the right sizes"...
Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 12 years ago
Dan, I noticed the same thing about smaller packaging with sugar going from the five lb. bag to the four lb. bag. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 12 years ago
DANGEROUS area to get into my friend, but ALWAYS and I mean ALWAYS buy too small rather than too big! It can go back and you won't be around so that's a win!
Posted by Simon Conway (Orlando Area Real Estate Services) over 12 years ago
Hi Dan, Merry Christmas to you and your petite wife! Sandra, I would be thrilled if I could tell the world I was a five! NOT!
Posted by Ginger Sala, Wilmington NC Real Estate & Relocation~ (Wilkinson & Associates, Wilmington NC) over 12 years ago

 Maggie.... You always did get confused by my lingo... Guess we'll have to have a talk...  :-)

Monika... Hope you and Jay are enjoying the day.  The first of the year usually brings renewed energy to the market.

Marc...  I'm usually pretty good with math but converting the number to letters I came up with Double D's and it just didn't feel right...  LOL

Suzanne... Let me nip that little blond moment... If you selected the link to SIZES they say a 6 onto today's standard is like a 12 of years ago.  And.... I never said a 10 was fat, said Sandra would twist it to think I was calling her fat....  So... Should I read your worry as confirmation that you are size 10?  -  BTW... Think back to Bo Derek - 10 isn't bad....  :-)

Matthew... That could backfire.... After the initial smile because you thought she was smaller she'll get depressed because she'll feel fat.

Missy... Like I say with age it's just a number...  people sweat way too much over small stuff.

janeAnne... I'm feeling a little peanut crush in my new jeans.. My waist dropped with all my running but no one ever listens to the size I request.... They always go bigger or smaller...

Gary... It;s everywhere... Even noticed the nice big candy bars I always gave out at Halloween have been downsized.

Simon...  I always walk on the edge but never cross the invisible line...

Ginger... It's quite a nice day this year... sunshine and blue skies instead of howling wind and freezing temps. Merry Christmas!

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 12 years ago


No worry about me, anyway I didn't click your links to see what you were talking about..perhaps I went way ahead of myself....or perhaps I just wanted to get you all fired up! LOL! ;)

Posted by Suzanne Sands, Somerset MA Real Estate (Pavao Real Estate) over 12 years ago
Suzanne.... Figured you didn't.... I sense your fear of never knowing what to expect.... LOL   You'll have to work a little harder to get me all fired up... I'm still Mr. Mellow...
Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 12 years ago

Marc - Dan would be in big trouble if he started discussing my twins!

Missy - Thanks, actually a little smaller than a five, I have been blessed with very good genes. : ) Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Dan - Yes, you would be in trouble if you implied I was a size ten! And a old 14 is not like, nor has never been like a 4. Size is clothes have changed a little over the years, however not that drastically...And the better the maker of the clothes, the larger they seems to make their sizes.



Posted by Sandra Cummings, Real Estate Agent, Guilford Connecticut (William Raveis Real Estate) over 12 years ago


Never fear... except maybe getting hung up in the links! But funny, how I knew you would ASSUME that, now that kinda pisses ticks me off.....but I'll get over it! :)



Posted by Suzanne Sands, Somerset MA Real Estate (Pavao Real Estate) over 12 years ago

Sandra...  Correct.... That 14 was a typo I made... Was thinking of the link that said current size are 6 sized roughly 6 sizes different from the old standard so the 4 would compare to the 10 which I don't totally agree with.  As tough as it is to comprehend even I might accidentally slip up and not catch my error.

Suzanne...  Good thing you caught yourself with that strike out... "P" words might get you in trouble... :-)

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 12 years ago
Dan and Sandra - Wishing you both a Merry Christmas and Sandra - I wish I was near the size I was when we got married 21 years ago and blogging hasn't helped - hmmm new year's resolutions next . Dan - I loved the snow too!! 
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 12 years ago
Dan, OK, you mean that my waist size really didn't go down.  Geeeeeeeee that is almost as bad as finding out that there is no Santa.
Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 12 years ago

Cyndee... New Year's Resolutions next... I'll have to start thinking!

George... Whet is this no Santa stuff?  I woke early Christmas morning and there was evidence of milk and cookies on the kitchen table and we don't know how they got there.....

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 12 years ago
Dan, is Sandra buying that story ....... LOL
Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 12 years ago

I am so impressed that my Sandra is still a size five! Yay woman! I wear a 3 or a 5, but just have to guess anymore with the way sizes have lost their standards. It T's me off something awful. And if I have to wear a seven, then forget it, I won't even buy that crap! 

So what did you get the twins this year Dan? 

Posted by Jennifer Monroe, Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte (Savvy + Company Real Estate) over 12 years ago

George... My stories are the truth.....Sandra didn't know how the cookies got there and I sure didn't put them out.  

Jennifer... She used to be a 5... these days I've gotten away from those odd numbers and typically select a 4 or maybe a 2...  As for the twins I was boringly supportive.... Just popped into Victoria's with Bennie and Grant.

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 12 years ago
That's hilarious!  I have noticed weird things going on in sizes but to tell you the truth...if I try something on in my size which is usually a 4 sometimes a 2 and on really bad days a 6 if it is a 6 that I need today or heavens forbid stays on the rack... :)
Posted by Shannon Lefevre, Shannon Lefevre, PA Your Naples Smart Girl (John R. Wood Properties) over 12 years ago
You are a lucky man to be married to a wife that has stayed the same size for all of those years!!  I have a hard time buying clothes for myself, let alone my poor husband doing it!  I could buy the same exact style and brand of jeans in two different sizes- depends on when they were made.  Crazy.  Why aren't mens clothes like that?  
Posted by Ginger Wilcox (Sindeo) over 12 years ago

Shannon... Glad you enjoyed the humor of Tee'd Off Tuesday.. You ladies worry way to much about sizes though.

Ginger... She did have those child bearing years where she ballooned up...  She's lucky I know how to crack a whip and get her back into shape!.... LOL

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 12 years ago
Dan - you crack me up - did they fit?
Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) over 12 years ago
Thesa... Everything I buy typically fits.... My eyes a like a finely calibrated measuring device when it comes to sizing up woman... ( 30 years of history helps also )......  LOL
Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 12 years ago
DAN:  I feel ya!! Just recently, I purchased something that I regularly buy. I thought the container looked funny. When I arrived home, I compared the new package to the old was an ounce smaller. Like you they think we are stupid? Well...I did pay the same price for an ounce less. I guess they are right!!
Posted by Elizabeth Nieves, Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team (The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group) over 12 years ago

I just bought a size 4 coat.  I am not a 4, I'm an 8.  OK, some brands size differently than others, but the majority of things I own are an 8 (or a 10 in some tops in order to deal with my own twins).  I can only assume that this coat was mis-labeled, but I've heard that some of the higher end manufacturers actually change the labels to make us think that we are really smaller than we are.  I can't speak for everyone, but I would like to believe that most of us are not that stupid!  Truth is that I tried the coat on and loved it before I saw the size.  Good thing, because if I saw the 4 I would not have tried it.  Maybe I just need glasses!

new eye glasses

Posted by Dawn Heinemann, The Peter DeLuca Team (Long Realty Company) about 12 years ago

Elizabeth... That is exactly what the marketing wizards think, little by little it goes unnoticed and we pay more.

Dawn... I realize the pricier the piece the smaller the size but cannot believe some woman actually feel proud that they can buy there way into a smaller size.

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) about 12 years ago

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