It’s amazing how well that woman aged. She looks better now!
Irn Bru commercial, 2013
Everybody comes across a clogged sink at some point in their life and we all know that Drano is expensive (and toxic). So instead of going out to buy a chemical you have to wear gloves and a mask to use, try this remedy instead:
Empty the basin of the sink/tub as best you can, getting as much liquid out as possible.
Pour 1/4 cup of baking soda down the drain (it might settle on the drain cap, this is ok)
Add 1 cup of vinegar SLOWLY (too fast and it will bubble up and OUT of the drain and you don’t want that)
Let sit for 15 minutes, then flush with hot water.
Repeat as necessary!
Ahh, Romeo and Juliet threads.
Patton Oswalt in a Doc Ock costume.
My retired parents are getting older, and sadly, have had a number of major health issues since they turned 70.
Recently my brother and I have started having anxious talks about what the heck to do in case there is a real emergency or worse end of life. It’s going to happen. I’m lucky that brother and I are both frugal, excellent savers, so we can afford to help when the time comes, but we literally have very different lifestyles/obligations which could impact who does what. After all of this confusion we discovered we didn’t know anything about my parents’ wishes for end of life business.
I recently summoned the courage to have “the talk” over skype with my dad, mom chimed in occasionally to tell us “this is very important, but I don’t want to think about any of this!!!” then she would leave the room, but I could see her peeking into the doorway.
This is what we covered:
Will, last updated in 2001, right after 9/11 (written before grandkids, who are more awesome than brother and I). Dad is getting this updated.
Power of Attorney. Dad was upset he didn’t know this was important, and wants to do this right away. He’s getting this done with an updated will. He also said “3lazycats, oh hell, I don’t even know where your mother is keeping all of our money.”
Health Care decisions. Dad wants to be shot in the backyard like a dog if he ever gets really sick, Mom wants every possible intervention. They have a lot of talking to do about this.
Death. Burial, Last wishes and all of that.
Surviving parent… after nearly 50 years of marriage, neither Mom or Dad wants to ever live alone, and have made it perfectly clear they plan on living with my brother or I when this happens.
No decisions were made. But we had the talk. Have you?
Hate keeping a journal? Memories of adult life all blurring together into a never ending stream of work-home-sleep that makes you quietly wish for a meteor to strike your apartment building?
Try wearing the same cologne for a year and then never wearing it again!
While it won’t help relieve the crushing depression of adult reality, it will help you remember key points in your life. At least for me it does.
Memory and smell are deeply related: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20120312-why-can-smells-unlock-memories
By wearing a certain scent for a while, you’ll link moments of your life to that smell. By never wearing that scent again, you’ll have put those memories away, available for triggering whenever you spray a little cologne in the air.
Though for me, it’s rarely specific memories and more general emotional ones. Still, it’s kinda neat.
“My girlfriend’s reaction when I suggested anal.”
Sitting Bull and Buffalo Bill, 1895.
Reflection of current legislation in Europe regarding LGBT rights.
The Chicago World’s Fair and its landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted (known for designing Central Park).