Friday, November 21, 2008

In Which I Recycle

Another busy weekend is in store for me this week. In preparation for it, I don't have much time to devote to a new entry for today. Instead, I'm going to re-post an old entry, an old favorite of mine...


There was quite an interesting phenomenon occurring at the Badass Geek household over the past couple of days. What started with a few dirty dishes in a neat pile in the sink, progressed quickly into an impressive, mountainous pile of them, occupying every square inch of open counter space. The rate at which these dishes reproduced was stunning, quicker than a horny Catholic couple with a genetic history of twins. Armed with a suppressed gag reflex and a notepad, I went in for a closer look.

Upon examination, I noticed there was a large degree of variation within these creatures. The population consisted mostly of round, flat objects, seemingly paired with a number of thin, elongated metal structures with sharp tines or blades affixed on the end. Strewn among them was a series of shallow, container-like devices, most of them host to different colored liquids. Standing near the edge of the counter was a handful of tall, clear, octagonal shaped creatures, most with a crusty, milk-colored residue at the bottom. I assumed that these elegant creations at one time held liquid. Lastly, I made note of the largest of the species; two massive beings, made of thick, heavy metal. They seemed similar in formation to the container-like creatures, but in lieu of liquid was a large amount of a black, char-like substance on the bottom inside surface.

A rancid smell became apparent during my investigation. I quickly ascertained that there were varying levels of cleanliness among this species. Some of them, presumably after eating their meal, had been properly rinsed. Most still had remnants of their prior meal, indicating either laziness, impatience, or both. The thin metal structures seemed to have played a vital role in the slaying of their food, as most of them were still covered in the blood of their last kill.

Not wanting my entire household to be overrun by this rampant species, I quickly searched online for suggestions on how to get rid of the vermin. The most obvious suggestion was a device called a "dishwasher". Although it seemed fairly easy to use, not requiring certification or a license prior to use of it, I did not have the disposable income for such an elaborate tool. I pressed on to find a manual method, and I was discouraged until I found this article. In step-by-step form, it explained how to methodically clean and rinse all of the unwanted inhabitants with a special soap and a sponge. Apparently the dishes would not simply clean themselves.

Other articles I found online said to use "old fashioned elbow grease" if any of the dishes proved harder to clean than others. After searching in vain for it at all the local hardware stores, I began to think it was not a real product. My suspicions were confirmed when I asked for assistance in finding it. The store associate laughed, and when he realized I was serious about my inquiry, advised that the product does not exist. I was angry at being misled, and made a mental note to fire off a complaint e-mail once my dish problem was resolved.

Back at home, I followed the dish washing instructions as closely as I could. Sure enough, before long the pile of dirty dishes gradually became smaller. Other instructions I found online recommended that after washing the dishes, to let them dry and store them carefully in cupboards or on shelves. Confused by this suggestion, I read on to find that it is best to retain the dishes for future use. Being an avid supporter of recycling, I complied. Fortunately I had a few empty cupboards available, and placed the dishes inside, organized by type, size, and shape.

I did notice one side effect from the cleansing process. Once the last dish was cleaned, I noticed that the skin on my fingertips and hands had become wrinkled and prune-like in appearance. I could not determine if there is any danger associated with this, although I am assuming there is none. The symptom disappeared within 30 minutes, and no other side effects have presented themselves thus far.

From start to finish, the entire ordeal took just over two hours. I suppose if I had spent less time analysing the problem, I would have been done with the project much sooner. I learned that daily cleansing of the dishes will prevent them from multiplying and spreading into other areas of the kitchen. Apparently, only if left un-attended will the population expand uncontrollably. The experience as a whole was both exhausting and informative. I have implemented a daily dish-washing program to prevent a future outbreak.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to see if I can find an Elbow Grease vendor somewhere online.


(You can view the original entry and comments here.)

I hope everyone enjoys their weekend!


Employee No. 3699 said...

I can not believe there are instructions for washing dishes on WikiHow. And even more, I can't believe that you found them!

Lola said...

But NOW you have a dishwasher! How's that working out for ya?

splodge said...

Give me a man who can properly wash the dishes over one with flowers and chocolates any day.

Oh all right, the chocolates do go down well, but the sight of a man up to his elbows in soap-suds and yellow wash-up gloves REALLY does it for me. Grrr!

Badass Geek said...

Employee No 3699: Yeah, Google is amazing for pointless search terms.

Lola: The dishwasher is great! I love it more than I probably should.

Splodge: If that worked for The Boss, I wouldn't complain about washing dishes!

enthalpymama said...

If you find a vendor for elbow grease, let me know. I could also use some bottled time, although I have recipes for the frozen variety as well.

Tony said...

wow - you're an amazing writer. I can't believe I just read something about washing dishes and enjoying so it much.

Moonspun said...

I LOVE THIS POST! This was the first post I ever read from you way back when and it's what made me come back!

Badass Geek said...

Enthalpy Mama: You'll be the first person I tell.

Tony: You're too nice, man, but it's all about perspective.

Moonspun: And for that reason, I'm glad I wrote it!

Aunt Becky said...


You're killing me here.

splodge said...

I checked out your photography and was blown away dude!

Love the name and logo as well. Also the photo of you looking all serious - so hot!

How do I go about getting a copy of your fabulous book personally autographed by you?

Badass Geek said...

Aunt Becky: Metaphorically, I hope.

Splodge: Thanks for the comments about my website! I'll e-mail you with some details once I update a few things with the book.

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