Captain’s Log 5,894
There are things I just don’t understand. Bottled water is one. Unless your tap water is truly knocky or you are crossing the Sahara on a mule, I don’t see the need.
As the old folk song says…..
I’ll eat when I’m hungry
I’ll drink when I’m dry
If the hard times don’t kill me
I’ll live til I die
I drink out of taps. I have even scooped water in my hands from melting ice in a beer cooler. I have bottled water in my house but I rarely use it myself. It’s for guests and it’s also part of what I need if the Big One comes and I am buried in the rubble for a week or so.
Sometimes, I tempt fate and drink right out of the hose. So far so good.
And now, as if regular sand wasn’t enough fun, toymakers everywhere are producing this stuff.
Sand infused with Play-Doh
It’s like sculpting material. It holds its shape. It’s supposed to be fun.
I have issues with this. For one thing, sand is supposed to be sand! You are supposed to play with sand outdoors! You are supposed to be having fun in a natural environment. Sand does not belong in the house. That is one reason why I don’t appreciate cats. Litter is mostly sand. It belongs on the beach or at the playground. But I digress…..
This is yet another reason to let our kids stay in the house. Go outside and play in the damn sand! Go to the beach and figure out how to make castles the hard way! We make everything too easy these days. You want perfection, pick up a package of kinetic sand. You want to learn about engineering and design, go to the beach with a bucket and shovel.
Play Doh is okay. It was developed in the 1930’s as a wallpaper cleaner. I never really thought about cleaning wallpaper until I learned this. My mom just used to dust our wallpaper and we got along just fine. Sometimes, we would dust the wallpaper and reward ourselves with a big long drink of cold water from the hose. Not really, but you can see how the point can be made.
The best thing about Play Doh is its distinctive smell. Nothing like it anywhere in the world. It’s kind of pleasant. It smells like plastic cookies. I think a Play Doh air freshener for the car would be a really good idea. Better than those stupid scents like Waving Palms or Seashell Breezes. Who makes up that shit? Probably the same guys who make up the names for all those paint sample things.
Some things were meant to go together.
Cherry & Coke
Tom & Jerry
Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato
Mac & Cheese
Root Beer & Float
Cagney & Lacey
But never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine….Play Doh & Sand.
I have a busy day. What a surprise. Time to go.