Saturday Linkages: A Big Post of Random Stuff

Spotted in our local little library. Doesn’t sound like fun to me.

Mist Showers: Sustainable Decadence?

$1.50 for 1000 hens: Hamilton man desperate to rehome birds after accidentally winning auction

Gary Nabhan requests career counseling from a pomegranate tree

Samhain, Grief, and Photographs on Backyard Ecosystem

Democrats’ baffling blind spot on cars

The Automotive Police State

A 3d printed floor lamp

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  1. I grew up in Scotland in the 50’s. We did not have showers in our house or any house I was in, one washed at the sink and perhaps had a bath once a week.
    When I came to Canada there were showers in every house and back in Scotland they were just becoming popular….mostly add on type of things that were difficult to handle.
    I became used to a shower every day. I reassessed this behaviour a few years ago and decided to try showering every other day…then every 3rd day…and so on, to the place where I found I really don’t like showers and I’m perfectly happy washing at the sink.
    Just the way I used to do it over 60 years ago…and my skin is quite happy with my decision.

    • I too remember the 1950’s. I lived in a normal, middle class English household and, like other normal middle class English households, everyone had one bath a week and put on clean underwear the next day. As we were middle class, we had pajamas to sleep in, unlike the working class who slept in their underwear. I have no idea what the upper class slept in – monogrammed nightshirts, I suspect!

      The funny thing is, I do not remember existing in a miasma of body odor or there being pandemics of skin disease. I guess if everyone smelled the same, no one noticed anything. Also, most clothes, including underwear, were made of wool which, unlike artificial fibers, tends not to harbor odors.

      However, when I traveled on the Paris Metro in the early 1960’s, I definitely noticed a strong scent of body odor drifting amidst the clouds of Gauloise smoke. As every Englishman at the time knew that the French were dirty, this did not surprise me. I got my revenge by hiking for two weeks in the French Alps, never washing or changing my clothes, then traveling by Metro on my return journey.

  2. The customer service training games book made me shudder. It is a prime example of a simplistic approach to a complex set of issues. It is also an example of a lack of respect of adults as learners. Ugh.

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