One memory that tends to stick with people who have moved to the Valley of the Sun is their first shower. You get in the shower, soap yourself up, and wonder, “Hey, isn’t soap supposed to lather?”
Welcome to the wonderful world of hard water.
Last weekend we spent some quality time swapping out a shower head whose nozzles had clogged up so bad it was unusable.
Then we realized that the faucet in the kitchen seemed to be losing pressure. After a few minutes of cold sweat and testing the other faucets in the house we realized that it was only the kitchen faucet, so we weren’t losing pressure in the whole house.
Whew. For a few minutes there, all I could see were dollar bills flying out the window.
Nevertheless, we kind of like to have a functioning kitchen faucet, so it was time to break out the Antidote: Vinegar. Dipped the faucet in vinegar for half an hour, and it was like new.
Bless you, vinegar.
And a pox on you, hard water.
I’ll go ahead and stop anthropomorphizing now.
**Soundtrack: **Stream from Groove Salad
Posted Wednesday, 08 February, 2006 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.