Saturday, July 4, 2009

Labrador Retrievers and Toilet Paper

No, not at the same time, but a bit about Jodie and Coco and then a short treatise on toilet paper.

Helen and I went out for supper last night leaving the dogs in charge of the motorhome. Earlier in the day we went shopping and Helen bought a package of lemon tarts for her and raspberry pastries for me. Foolishly, we did not put them out of the dogs' reach when we went out. Returning later in the evening we found the box and papers associated with the lemon tarts on the kitchen area floor. The box was shredded in a million pieces and the tarts were gone! Jodie was cowering in her bed, under the table, looking as guilty as a dog could be. We didn't even think of the raspberry pastries. This morning, I crawled under the table to straighten out the blankets that make up the bed. Lo and behold, there was the remains of the raspberry pastry box. Again, shredded into a million pieces. Did Jodie do this by herself? Did Coco help or share in the bounty? We have no way to be certain. Neither dog got sick or displayed any evidence that would point to one or the other. Needless to say, nothing will be left out again.

As for my issue with toilet paper, here are my thoughts. I'm almost 66 years old and have been using essentially the same size toilet paper all my life. Now I've noticed that things are changing. The toilet paper of the past is 4 1/2 inches wide and come on a roll about 5 inches in diameter. At rest areas and at our current campground, the paper is 3 1/2 inches wide and the roll is about 9 inches in diameter. I've seen rolls at least 12 or 14 inches in diameter. Tonight we had to replenish our paper supply and were surprised to find that the newly bought product is only 3 3/4 inches wide. Soon toilet tissue as we know it will be gone, replaced by a product called toilet ribbon on rolls feet in diameter. Eventually, we will only have toilet floss, miles and miles of it on gigantic rolls.

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