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July 29, 2015 / philosophermouseofthehedge

The truth about water

Raccoon and gator around kettle on Swampfire seafood boil package.

To die for hot water.

The truth about water is no matter what you give them: a giant wading pool or a deep stainless bowl designed for long muzzles, they are going to drink out of the giant potted plant’s coaster. (A dietary deficiency with this dog food? Seriously?)

If the grimy coaster is dry, then the disgustingly murky bird bath is second choice. (Who doesn’t like standing at the bar for a drink? It is vaguely shaped like a martini glass. Does mosquito larvae count as an appetizer?)

Apparently there are vessel preferences.

1924. Clara Bow press photo/Bain News Service Collection.LOC/USPD/

Model behavior.(1924.Clara Bow /USPD/

Flirting with preferences got one gorgeous model in hot water recently.

Anett Pikula cruised up to the Mexico-Arizona border in her gold Mercedes. Paused, as requested, she graced the US Border Patrol with a smile and a whole lot of cutsey.

Too much.

She forgot people know something’s up when a perfect 10 is making an effort to bestow flirty behavior on one far lower on the dating scale. Seen far too many mean teen movies and horror shows not to be suspicious.

They called in the dog.

Found the car stuffed with cocaine. (Story and lovely pictures of the beauty here.)

Now it could be a jealous or scorned lover getting even. That happens. The target is talked into a “Oh, it’s perfectly safe” drug transport. Or drugs sneaked into the car. Then a quiet call to the border alerting for a possible smuggling attempt. Waving bye-bye. Win-win: revenge is sweeter with a little reward money for the tip.

But consider while she declared bankruptcy not long ago, she still lives in luxury – with a lot of bills and debt to be paid.

Born in Mexico, the divorced jet setter has a lovely home in Phoenix, AZ. which she’s probably worried about now.

Oh, just model behavior. (She’s certainly a great shot: camera or with a gun) Granted US citizenship in April. Dual citizenship.

Pretty is as pretty does.

(1960 Screenshot from Leave it to Beaver. Hugh Beaumont.Tony Dow. ABC tv/USPD:pub. date, no cr/

“I don’t care how much homework you have. Get in there and help your mother.”(USPD/

Soon it won’t be pretty in kitchens according to the industry.

To force encourage create more annoyance and work for the ordinary citizen conserving energy and water, the DOE has spun out some new dishwasher regulations.

The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) says this will result in machines unable do their job. Their tests are showing crud left on dishes which will be a health concern to families with young children, the elderly, those with weak immune systems….basically anyone who eats off a plate or dish.

Naturally people can choose to re-run the dishes a second time in an attempt to get them clean to the eye and to remove bacteria. (Remember those low flow water saving toilets? How about these  new energy/water efficient clothes washers/dryers? Yeah, those work really well:  start cycle, repeat, and again.)

The DOE was silently trying to slide this all through without notice, but someone did. So the DOE has opened a comment period…like it will make any difference. (DOE proposal here. Article  with industry’s view here.)

I especially like the part about stopping carbon emissions surging out of homes.

Yeah, all those dish washers are air polluters. All that carbon dioxide, methane, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and mercury.

Get out the pitch forks and protest any inconsiderate indulgent neighbors.

Ghoulish man. Revenge of Frankenstein.1958.screenshot/

The horror we thought was over: the return of rough red hands.(Revenge of Frankenstein.1958/USPD/

Once again, beauty is as beauty does.

Probably keeping a political promise to the dish detergent industry. And hand creme companies.

People will have no choice happily return to those glorious days of yesteryear

When families bonded over sinks full of dirty dishes.

Learning together things that will haunt them serve them well in life: attention to detail, skill of negotiation, and the ability to disappear quickly without a trace.

Some may once again choose paper or plastic. Secretly. Then authorities will be forced to monitor dinnerware consumption like cold medications.

For the ultra “I’m better than you” consumers: dog licks will become trendy.

Probiotic microbes from a dog’s gut is now thought to improve the immune system.

So what could be better than a dog licking the dishes clean?

Can’t get more organic.

Super savings for energy, water, and, well if you pick up after the dog and dispose of it properly, less pollution.

A DOE winner. Looking out for you. Can’t wait until those regulations to kick in during 2019 – can you?

Maybe you can’t lead a dog to water and make him drink, but maybe a dog can lead people towards some simple truths.

Not everything holds water.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

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  1. Ally Bean / Jul 29 2015 4:33 pm

    I knew about this. *sigh* I know someone who has one of these new dishwashers that doesn’t clean the dishes– or sanitize them. She doesn’t like it.

    I predict a surge in dishwasher sales in December of 2018. Santa’s going have a heck of a time getting those old-style dishwashers down the chimney, but he will. Poor guy. 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 29 2015 4:47 pm

      I thought it was a done deal, but there’s still a slim window for sanity. I hand wash small amounts of dishes anyway, but when there’s a big pile, the machine is better for all reasons. We are supposed to be all about time savers for busy people. Don’t suppose we can call this a “war on women”?
      Sigh. Please don’t let them bring back those commercials with women in high heels doing dishes …my feet just couldn’t take it.
      Yep, thanks for the suggestion for Santa’s gift list


      • Ally Bean / Jul 29 2015 5:11 pm

        I think that the leverage could come from the AMA. Docs have a difficult time as it is getting people to be clean in the kitchen, and sub-standard dishwashers don’t make for sanitary food handling conditions. There’s a good angle– better health.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 29 2015 6:16 pm

          You are right. Everything is about preventative care. (Only complications is that some of the decision makers may be too young to remember why some things were invented how those protect and improve life? They had to “rediscover” hand washing…)
          Where is the reset button? Glad you plugged in that excellent suggestion.

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  2. The Coastal Crone / Jul 29 2015 4:41 pm

    I had not heard of this but am not surprised. The older appliances are always better. And I clean my dishes quite well before I load mine but I could do without one. Good post!!!!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 29 2015 4:52 pm

      Sometimes it’s just easier to go ahead and wash by hand. One of the big selling points of dishwashers originally was the it was healthier: very hot water and sparkling clean without any leftover food stuck or bacteria. And it was a time saver when everyone worked and was tired. All that seems to have gotten lost. Or possible a forced return to “simpler”/more primitive times (like it or not – giggles) Thanks for the splashy comment


  3. Carrie Rubin / Jul 29 2015 6:59 pm

    I didn’t know that about the dishwashers. Thanks for the info. Considering how poorly my kids rinse their plates, sounds like I’ll find some leftover snacks on the plates and utensils when I empty the dishwasher. Ugh. Then again, they’ll probably be out of the home by the time it goes into effect. Now, to just work on getting the hubs to rinse better…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 29 2015 9:10 pm

      I want to know how you manage to get each to rinse their own plates. (Your experience supports my belief that knowing how to open up the dishwasher door has nothing to do with gender based genes.) Thanks for scraping up a comment to leave here.


      • Carrie Rubin / Jul 29 2015 9:17 pm

        I walked into the house this afternoon and saw my oldest collecting his laundry from the dryer, laundry he did himself without having to be told, and I thought, “Hmm, maybe there’s hope yet.” 😉


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 29 2015 9:27 pm

          He’ll be way ahead of the game this fall in college. My brother had never done laundry before college – he brought his sheets home at Thanksgiving along with the rest of his wash. The sheets actually feel apart in the wash. When asked if he ever washed them at school, he looked puzzled and said “Why? I always took a shower before bed, so they stayed clean.” Scientific logic in there somewhere.:)


        • Carrie Rubin / Jul 29 2015 9:31 pm

          Yes, he’s not alone in the unwashed sheets department. I’ve heard that tale from many a college student. My kids have been removing their sheets and washing them on their own once a week for years. My hope is that habit will extend to college. Fingers crossed.

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  4. Kate Crimmins / Jul 29 2015 7:25 pm

    I think your dogs may have a gig! I’m sure they would love to lick plates!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 29 2015 9:13 pm

      They say they won’t even complain about working overtime or ask for a pay raise. RC has already called dibs on any ice cream bowls. Thanks for screening the applicants for us.

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  5. Moongazer / Jul 29 2015 7:57 pm

    And here’s me thinking one day I might like to have a dishwasher. Tis true, I do not have one and never have had one, unless you count the children 😛 We all take it in turns now. The rule is that if you cook you don’t have to wash up. It works most of the time.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 29 2015 9:18 pm

      That was/is our rule, too. It’s really not a chore except when there’s a party or holiday. Then the machines are greatly appreciated. Thanks for sending a bubbling comment

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  6. sustainabilitea / Jul 29 2015 8:30 pm

    We have friends who let their dogs lick the dishes before washing them in more traditional ways. I try not to think about it when we eat with them. 🙂



    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 29 2015 9:22 pm

      Oh, OK. The dogs and cat get to lick the yogurt and ice cream bowls – which go into the dishwasher on scalding hot next. Other than that, any table “samples” have to go in their own bowls. (Do you have any idea how much a malamute can drool anticipating a snack….talk about pools of slime. UGH) Thanks for leaving a clean comment!


  7. shoreacres / Jul 30 2015 1:03 am

    You do know that the anti-dishwasher people have friends who are advising that air conditioning is going to kill the planet, and we need to get rid of it, too? The kicker in all this is that the politicians, the celebs, and the very rich still will have their conveniences, while they take them away from everyone else. They’re picking apart the middle class, decision by decision.

    My hope is that the progress toward this brave new world is slow enough that I’ll be gone before the younger generations look at one another, dripping sweat over the sinks as they handwash, and say, “WTH have we done to ourselves?” 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 30 2015 2:33 pm

      Like Tom Selleck stealing truck loads of public water from fire hydrants?
      Brad Pitt/Canadian Ryan Gosling telling COSTCO to stop selling caged-chicken eggs? (Dudes, people shop at Costco because it’s cheaper. Raise prices and only the rich get eggs – and all the other stuff too?)
      Or Hillary Clinton (“We left the White House Broke”and “I fully appreciate how hard life is for so many Americans” CBS. June 10, 2014) who shut down a store while she got her $600.00 hair cut …and right after a green energy speech “wind, solar – all homes within 10 years!” she hopped onto her private jet? Totally disconnected and delusional…yesterday she blamed her numbers on “politics is harder for women”.
      It looks like the entire plan is to eliminate the middle class. After taxes – and sending (taxpayer’s) money to other poor unfortunates in other countries – there is nothing left. Serfs totally dependent on food stamps, housing, healthcare are so much easier to control…and steal from. In Seattle where the minimum wage was raised recently to give a “living wage” (for what should be an entry/fill the gap job) employers of some fast food places are reporting that employees are asking to have their hours cut in order to stay below income levels required to get subsidizes for childcare, food, healthcare…gee, work less hours and keep the same amount of money earned and keep the welfare programs. Great. So why are the rest of us playing the game and working trying to get ahead in order to take care of ourselves? Duh.
      Only the rich/family connected can run for office now. There’s a reason for suddenly so much reverse immigration back to the “Old Countries”. Thanks for sailing along in the storm


  8. easyweimaraner / Jul 30 2015 9:22 am

    Too bad for Anett Coke-ola… too much 6-apples and a golden merde-cedes is overdone… And I guessed it… dog-spit is the best treatment… and when you had a greenie before and your mom wears a white pants, you can set a new trend … not even Vivian Westwood can create such an artpiece that’s for sure…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 30 2015 2:38 pm

      She had too much sparkle. Molly and the German are licking their lips getting ready for the call. They’ve heard school kids toss a lot of food in the cafeteria and have offered to do some public service, but staff is discouraging that. Paws up for Greenies! Thanks for stopping by to chase around here for a bit


  9. reneejohnsonwrites / Jul 30 2015 9:29 am

    We rinse those dishes, often with a detergent-laced scrubbie. (Yes, technically we are washing them before we wash them.) But…with just my husband and me at home now, we don’t fill a dishwasher up in one day. So having dishes sit in there with stuff in or on them would make me think bacteria was having a fun field day. Whoa!!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 30 2015 2:42 pm

      We manage dishes that way, too. Bacteria growth in warm weather makes it even more of a concern. You would have think the companies would have created a mini-load dishwasher, but now with the discovery that those create “so much” air pollution, that’s probably not going to happen – darn, fools. Maybe we have been invaded by aliens who are partnering with bacteria to get rid of humans? Nothing makes much sense these days. Thanks for leaving a sparkling clean comment!


  10. aFrankAngle / Jul 30 2015 12:14 pm

    As many are going for the dishwasher tidbit, Ms. Pikula’s drama is a winner … she’s quite the character.


  11. EllaDee / Jul 31 2015 8:23 am

    We recently, after 3 years, had some good advice as our dishwasher was getting a bit crotchety… as it’s a mini-apartment size appliance to halve the dishwasher tabs, and it hasn’t missed a beat since. Not the sort of advice manufacturers and tablet producers want out there. The G.O. says the best chips he’s ever eaten came from a baking dish only ever licked cleaning by the dog who accompanied the old bushie who cooked them 🙂
    I have some advice for Anett, if it looks too good to be true it usually is!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 31 2015 10:34 pm

      That makes sense. Do you really need all that soap anyway if you pre-rinse the dishes first? They are already half clean.
      That foolish model. I almost hoped it was revenge from an ex, but no, she was involved…more jokes about women can’t be both pretty and smart? Wonder if she’ll get bail and then leave the country.
      Paws up for helpful dogs (who are all crashed out here right now)
      Thanks for washing up a comment to leave


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