The last couple of weeks have been fairly routine. Nothing really odd has happened, I haven’t seen any noteworthy oddball events or read anything that’s raised my ire or seemed postworthy.
Then this morning I noticed something a bit annoying.
Last time I bought toilet paper was at Costco in Kirkland. Katharine and I went there for items we can get in bulk a few times per year and keep in storage, the better to avoid last-minute trips to the store.
So I picked out a 30-roll package of Charmin Ultra’s Double Rolls, which the packaging helpfully informs me is the equivalent of 60 single rolls (!!!). I still had a few rolls of my previous brand, whatever it was, so I only cracked open the Charmin Ultra a couple of weeks ago.
It’s really quite nice. Sinfully soft, almost, and the Double Rolls do last forever it seems. I live alone, so I tend to go through such products pretty slowly—I bought a 12-bar pack of Irish Spring nearly a year ago and I’m just now on the last bar; is a bar of soap a month slow? fast? just right?—but this Charmin Ultra is extreme that way. I think I’ll be using this product until December or so, and I’ve never been stingy when it comes to bathroom hygiene. You know, to be squeamishly euphemistic about it, in the way of all Americans.
But anyway. I noticed something this morning and I’ve been pondering it since:
Charmin Ultra generates obscene amounts of lint.
I noticed this because I was cleaning the bathroom and saw the chrome-plated toilet-paper holder arms were covered with what looked like dust. I first thought it must’ve been, well, since I moved in three months ago that I’d wiped the TP holder down, but I remember doing it a couple weeks ago. Right around the time I opened up the Charmin Ultra.
This morning I wiped enough lint off the TP holder and other fixtures in the bathroom to knit a whole other Double Roll of Charmin Ultra, with enough left over for a sweater for the dog. If I owned a dog.
I also received an email dated 12/09/2004 from Comcast, informing me that if I turned my cable modem off for 60 seconds and then plugged it back in, I’d now be enjoying 1/3 faster download speeds. Up to 4MBits/second, with upstream speeds increased to up to 384KBps. So I rushed down to the living room and yanked the modem’s power cord and then ran back upstairs to try out the faster speeds and I discovered I couldn’t connect at all, because I’d forgotten to wait the 60 seconds and then reconnect the damned modem. Back down I went, plugged everything back in, and so far my average speeds are exactly the same as before.
All that aside, I’m wondering why Comcast’s email took four months to get to me, or why Entourage is interpreting the date as four months ago if it really went out today. When I log on to my web-based account access for my Comcast email, the email shows today’s date. And so do its headers in Entourage.