By Mr.Viola - United States
Today, my future father-in-law, a respectable New England gentleman, bought me an $8,000 viola and bow for our engagement. I was so surprised that I spit a glass of wine from a 60 year old bottle all over his custom-tailored suit. He was not happy. FML
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By  WannabeJew  |  0

Wow, I can't believe all the bitchy, whiny people. So what if his fiancee's family seems loaded? That seems to be the point. He's trying to fit in and he made a huge social gaffe. I get the feeling he's a bit overwhelmed and awed by the sudden shift in social status (hence, mentioning the money) and now he's completely embarrassed. Your snide comments only show your envy and pettiness, methinks.

OP, that blows. I've had similar issues. My best friend's family is way above mine in social standing; we're 5 generations blue collar and his family errs on the white collar side. I've done some things I didn't realize were rude and he had to correct me later. Luckily, his mom and stepdad are understanding.

People seem to forget the relativity of FMLs. This is an FML for him, even if others believe it's only his whining. He was surprised and acted reflexively. It's not like he intentionally did something stupid.


I spit when I'm surprised too. dude, I'm like a fountain of high powered drool. of course, I don't have to tell you that if you attended the infamous Straywood Haunted House of 1997. in that case, I apologize for my behavior. and while I am ashamed, I do wish you would have returned the favor. I looked ridiculous swapping spit with myself. and the robot monkey. I'm lonely. :(

  brit8741  |  0

11- What's your problem? Maybe some people get out there and try to make something of themselves instead of sitting around bitching about the world.

  samanthadude  |  0

More like FHL, he spent that much money on you to get spit on. Still, he'll probably get over it since you're marrying his son. At least you'll have a funny story to look back on. :)

Oh and congrats on your engagement! 

  lololol32  |  0

Haha a bright future ahead if you with the in-laws. Don't make it a habit. Every time your new loaded sugar daddy buys you something epic, don't spit alcohol on his expensive clothes. KAY?

  ThatsJustMii  |  0

I would do the same .. u can only understand his excitement I'd u knew how much violas or any instrument cost.... bying him an 8,000 dollar viola and bow would be like buying me a 35,000 dollar piano

  karieviola  |  0

To #76-Obviously you don't play either instrument--a viola has FOUR strings, so does a violin.
To #98-If you are only 13 and you own a viola worth more than $8K, you are not too bright. Anyone with sense knows not to spend tons of money on a viola at that age because they are not yet fully grown. A viola is measured to the player's arm length. The bigger (within reason), the better.
To #99-A viola is NOT a "fiddle".
To #42-If something like a viola represents "refinement" and "dignity", maybe you need to listen to some real music once in awhile instead of prefabricated pop. I really don't understand--how to something like a viola represent luxury?? It's a musical instrument, big deal. Many people have a guitar somewhere in their house, whether they're playing it or not. Is that a luxury? Most people spend more than that on their car, even some used cars cost more than $8000.00
To #64-I agree with you! What $8,000 viola would make anyone spit?? If it were me, I'd be more leery of a viola that someone bought me as a gift-unless I'd seen it before and tried it out and KNEW that that was the one I wanted.

  kims0706  |  10

130, chill, and the rest of you guys, let's all just agree to let this chick figure out what a viola is on google since it looks like none of us can define it perfectly and stop fighting about it. Awesome. Bye

  Zufallian  |  34

To clear it all up, a Viola has 4 strings just like a Violin. However, a Viola is a perfect 5th lower than a Violin and is usually bigger. It also plays on both Alto and Treble clef, as opposed to the Violin only playing on the Treble clef.