Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Saddest Day of My Life

I've spent the past few weeks searching for something at Walmart, Target, Kroger, at various shops online, researching the history of this product's design.

Tonight, all of my hard work has come to fruition: I found that for which I have been searching.

Why, you might ask, the sad post title? Because it's all been for a toothbrush. A crappy, out-dated, plain-old toothbrush. And I am just so excited about it.

See, our house was built in 1960, right at the peak of awesome ceramic fixtures-- including toothbrush holders. And just like the one-car garages that barely fit a mid-sized sedan, the builders of the day didn't anticipate the SUV-like growth of toothbrush handles. (An interesting side-note: There are six places to hold toothbrushes, which highlights significant societal difference from the present-day 4)

Lo,, which helpeth me taketh better care of my teeth and gums, and also offers this cute little guy on their front page:

So, I have ordered two different types of Ultra Slim Classic Toothbrushes in order to pay homage to 1960. Thank you.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Rules of Life

Here are some things I've learned.

1. If you work harder, you will get better. I applied this to college and graduated with honors. I have applied this to my profession for 10 years and have gotten (if I don't say so myself) pretty dang good, although I see tons and tons of room for improvement.

2. The faster you drive on the highway, the angrier you make yourself.

3. A lack of subject on a blog makes for boring reading and boring writing. Natalie and I rarely write on this because there is no thrust. I'd like to start having a little bit more of a focus on this blog. Inspiration for us is here... this blog is great and Natalie is getting a little obsessed with finding ways to decorate our home. Unfortunately, she's not allowed to start yet, because...

4. Paying interest sucks! Our mortgage payment each month is ~$1000. Most of that right now is going to interest. We only put 10% down on our house since we fell in love with it before we could scrape up a full 20%, so I am working on paying down the second mortgage we got to avoid PMI. We now have about 15% equity in our house and should be at 20% within the next two months.

5. Be honest and friendly to your customers and they will just love you. I really love my job because every day I get the chance to interact with about 25 businesses' staff and it is really a blast.

Couldn't sleep. :)