13 thoughts on “Wait Until She Encounters Her First Toilet”

  1. Last week Powerline had a picture of AOC holding up a sign at some protest that had been Photoshopped to read “Stop killing volcanoes to make lava lamps!” Now I’m wondering if the sign was Photoshopped.

  2. Last thing I want to do is defend AOC, but she is a Long Islander and it is very possible that she has never seen a garbage disposal. We never had them – or detergents – when I was growing up on LI, because of our water table. Pretty much the only thing between us and our drinking water is a large layer of sand that provides our filtration and there were a few things we were not allowed.

    I don’t know what the logic was about the garbage disposal, but I only ever heard about them on television, not ever having one until I got my first apartment in Illinois. I guess they were trying to limit the number of fine particles filtering down into the water table. I am sure there is still debate amongst some on whether disposals are reasonable for the area or a public menace.

    Likewise, we never had laundry detergents – versus laundry soap –
    unless some outsider smuggled them in. Something to do with phosphates, I believe. They were supposed to “grease the skids,” as it were, for effluence to enter the water table.

    Anyhow, I can honestly believe she never saw one before and the very idea of the thing probably triggered an automatic eco-warrior response from her. Is it better than tossing food waste in a landfill? Certainly more convenient and makes the area around a landfill smell better and feeds fewer rats, but is it better for the water table? I don’t know enough about it to say. Meanwhile, there are enough bad ideas in that young fool’s resume that I will ignore this one as an example of regional upbringing and ignorance.

    1. Well, as Rand alluded to, when you use a garbage disposal, the food you didn’t eat goes to the same place as the food you did eat. In New York, out of kindness, they instead let the rats eat it.

      Last year I found out that the British don’t have good dryers, and that there was a small market for sneaking in American ones. Long ago the British government decided that it would be easier on their power grid if they pushed combined washer/drier units, where everything happens in one tub, but which leave the clothes really damp. So after folks do laundry, they hang their clothes all over their flat so they can finish drying. Apparently some of them are waking up to how stupid that is, probably clued in by everyone visiting from America who observes it firsthand and says “That’s stupid. Why don’t you order American appliances off the Internet?”

      Anyway, if you want the really good detergent that was banned by the EPA because it causes algae blooms, run down to the home improvement store and buy TSP (trisodium phosphate, usually in a bright red or red and white box) exterior wall or deck cleaner, which is found in the solvents and paints section. Add a little bit to your regular dish washing or laundry detergent (perhaps 25% or so). While you’re there you can pick up some Mule Team Borax, which is also a great laundry additive.

      They’ll make things cleaner than allowed by law.

  3. Wait until she sees a bidet. “Why did they put a drinking fountain next to the toilet? Plus it tastes terrible.”

    1. A German-language joke was told to me about the German-cultural version of the distinguished Member of Congress in question.

      A certain young bride with a sheltered upbringing is writing thank-you notes for her many wedding gifts, and she is acknowledging receiving some bathroom accessories that included a toilet brush. Jokes about young women with a sheltered upbringing is a thing in German humor.

      I don’t know if this has changed, but a toilet brush is also a thing in Germany, not just for the person cleaning the toilet but also for the person finished using the toilet because of some differences with good old Kohler toilets made here in ‘Sconsin by upstanding people with German names with those in Germany. There are these technical differences that I won’t go into but if you have been to Germany, you may know what I am talking about.

      The young lady doesn’t quite know what to say about a toilet brush, so she writes her thanks for this bathroom accessory followed by, “Aber Papier bleibt Papier.”

      I think I’ll get the full benefit of “timing” of the joke if I let you look it up in Google Translate.

      1. I think the American version goes something like, “I recently tried a toilet brush, but decided to go back to toilet paper.”

  4. Also growing up in suburban NY and living in NYC, I was in my 50’s before I encountered a garbage disposal in real life. I think most of my awareness of them came from watching the Flintstones.

    1. I grew up in Eastern Washington; I never saw a garbage disposal until I moved to CA. That’s probably more a rural vs urban thing, though.

  5. I’m with Mr. Berntson, in giving her a pass on this one. I’ve met a few folks from the northeast who had never seen one until later in life. My understanding is that they are a banned item in some areas because the local sewage treatment facilities can’t handle the extra volume.

    What it says about the wisdom of somebody that would shoot their mouth off on Twitter before doing basic research is left up to the reader.

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