Sunday, January 2, 2011

the stuff I think about

First off, Happy New Year to you all! May you have a truly blessed 2011.

Secondly, I haven't abandoned this blog, at least not completely. I just haven't felt like writing anything and even if I did, it's been so busy that I didn't have time.

Now that I do have some time, this will be a Seinfeldesque sort of post, a post about really nothing of substance but then that's probably what you expect anyway.

Someone once told me that he thought I was the type of person who squeezed the tube of toothpaste from the bottom and rolled it up as I went along. I could take that to be a compliment, as in seeming to be a methodical, organized person. Or maybe he just thought I was an anal, OCD type.

Whatever, the method I actually use is just to squeeze the tube wherever there is room to squeeze and hope there is enough left for that particular time and the next time. I'll roll it up or flatten it out towards the end, mainly because I am so lazy I don't want to walk over to the cabinet to get another tube.

I find myself thinking about this as I brush. When do I make that final squeeze and completely empty the tube? In the morning I will think, better to run out at night because I have more time to go get a new tube (which also involves opening the cardboard box, flattening it out and throwing it away), especially since I am getting ready for work. At night I will think I am too tired to get a new tube so better to let it run out and have to get a new tube in the morning when I have more energy.

In other words, some other time is always the best time as far as I am concerned. What I end up doing is expending more energy squeezing the tube to get every last bit of toothpaste, than it would take to just go get a new one from the cabinet.


Elisabeth L. Uyeda said...

Keep it up the blog Rickie - you can take a hiatus, however long - it's your blog - but don't be hasty to delete everything!

Toothpaste - you know, there was a time when the right thing to do was to squeeze from the bottom. You had to be considerate and committed to the whole tube by squeezing from the end first. But somewhere along the way, the toothpaste manufacturers improved the tube material so that you can squeeze from the top, middle, or traditional, and it did not matter. You can always clean out the tube.

By the way, I hope when you get out a new tube of toothpaste, that the cardboard box gets recycled.

Rickie Miyake said...

I ended up making another entry!

I don't remember the old toothpaste tubes but it seems the ones these days are pretty flexible.. you're right, I can wind up using it all up no matter what pattern I use to begin squeezing..

And, guiltily, no, I always throw away the cardboard box. But then our trash company supposedly does the recycling for us, which is why they keep raising our bi-monthly fees.