150 Days

Day 22
January 27, 2010, 1:44 pm
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Everyone likes surprises. They come in different forms – some are spectacular, others are modest and some just baffle the mind. I’d like to share a particular surprise that falls into the last category.  I may have alluded to the fact that my mother is quite frugal. I think she once acquired a pair of designer shoes from a friend who was giving them away, even though they were one size too small. Well, today I was reminded of this character trait while fetching a plate from the dishwasher.

As I prepared for lunch, I opened the dishwasher to get the newly cleaned dishes that would hold the delicious meal I was about to consume. As the door lowered, I couldn’t help but notice a massive piece of green plastic jammed between the dishes. On the side of this piece of plastic was a label that read “Cascade” – it was a bottle of dishwasher detergent. Finding it odd that the bottle would be in the dishwasher, rather than the required amount in the detergent dispenser, I decided to ask about its purpose. “Well, we were out of dish detergent and I wanted to make sure we got all the detergent from the bottle before getting another one” was my mothers casual response.  Not only are there possible health issues with melting plastic in your dishwasher, or mechanical issues that arise from using some random amount of dish detergent, but the thought process that decides to jam a container into the dishwasher so that the last penny’s worth of detergent is used… blows my mind. I’m probably making a bigger deal out of this than one should, but seriously – it’s like $5 to get a new bottle and you don’t have to worry about all the carcinogens bleeding from the plastic on to the almost clean (but not as there is not enough detergent in the bottle) dishes.  It’s the little things that get to you after 22 days of living with your folks. 

Only 128 days left.


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