from Just a Geek, by Wil Wheaton:
"When you're married, all of a sudden you get all this stuff that has only one use. like 'The Popcorn Bowl' and 'The Water Glasses'. I don't know about you, but when I was a bachelor, I only had two bowls and about five glasses and they pulled serious double and triple duty."
from Ghost Story, by Jim Butcher:
"I always considered myself a loner. The sort of person who doesn't feel too upset about the prospect of a weekend seeing no one, and reading good books on the couch. It wasn't like I was a people hater or anything. I enjoyed activities and the company of friends. But they were a side dish. I always thought I would also be happy without them."
I've borrowed this from the "not always right" website>>
"(I am a nurse. At the hospital where I work, we take care of many patients who are from small, rural towns and are lacking in education. In this situation, the patient needs a blood transfusion. I am teaching the patient and family about the process.)
Me: “I will call the blood bank and get the blood ready to go. When I have the bag, I’ll come hook it up to her IV to infuse it. I’ll be monitoring her vital signs throughout the transfusion.”
Family Member: “How does the blood know where to go?”
Me: “Excuse me? I’m not quite sure what you mean.”
Family Member: “The blood. What tells it where to go?”
Me: “Well it goes into the veins, through her IV catheter.”
Family Member: “How does it know where to go from there?”
Me: “That’s where blood is. In your veins.”
Family Member: “Oh! I’ve always wondered how that worked.”
(Later, after I have received the blood, I am priming the IV tubing with saline. Saline is essentially salt water, so it is clear.)
Family Member: “Is that the blood?”
Me: “…No, this is just saline to prime the tubing.”
Family Member: “Oh, good! I thought my mom was getting some new kind of white blood!”
Me: *face palm*"
I'm a little astonished at this. How is it possible, in this 21st century, for anyone to not know where your blood is?
On TV last night, I saw a short story on Today Tonight about the difficulty older people have in opening supermarket items. Over the years, in attempts to foil theft, many companies have sealed and wrapped items so they can't easily be removed from packaging.
From a supermarket point of view, this is a good thing.
But once we get these items home, we still need to be able to open them.
The TV showed people unable to get a grip on the 'ring-pull' to open ring-pull cans, another person unable to tear open a package of something, she tried to tear it with her hands, she tried to tear it using her teeth; the same lady was shown trying to remove the shrink wrapped seal from a bottle of sauce.
We have all seen this stuff, plastic, shrink wrapped to seal the screw cap of the sauce bottle, the wrap has two lines of perforations, where you tear the wrap to remove it.
The woman tried to tear it with her fingers and couldn't, then she tried to remove it with her teeth.
WHAT?? Her teeth? FFS!
Other people were shown trying to open various items and having difficulty with all of them.
Okay. I get it. Things are sealed. Tightly.
But not one single person in the story was shown reaching for a pair of scissors, to open that "tear here" package.
The woman with the sauce bottle, didn't try using the tip of a sharp knife or pair of scissors, to tear the perforated strip on the sauce bottle seal.
(Just slip the point of the knife or scissor blade under the edge of the perforation and flick it upward. Or snip in the case of scissors. Face the blade away from you).
No one thought to slide a knife blade or the edge of a spoon or even a fork tine under the ring-pull to lever it upwards, thus facilitating easier removal.
What has happened to common sense thinking?
Surely I am not the only one who reaches for scissors or any other thing that will help?
It would never occur to me to try and tear shrink wrapped seal from a sauce bottle with my teeth. That seems more dangerous to me than using a knife.
Let's get back to that first book quote: single use items. It explains why so many people, including myself, have cupboards full of "stuff" that is rarely used.
My two youngest kids, who share a rental house, have roomfuls of "stuff", most of it given in the past as Christmas and birthday gifts, some of it left behind by others who shared the house and moved on.
None of it is "single use". Not even things specifically made for just one thing, perhaps a gravy boat for example. Those kids will grab anything they can lay their hands on to use for whatever they need it for. They're not fussy. No little bowls available for dipping sauces? Pour that sauce into a coffee mug or wine glass and dip away.
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