June 03, 2014

Day 2: It's the Simple Things

Yesterday, when I mentioned that the Puritans on the Mayflower could have avoided all their problems by hiring professional movers, maybe you rolled your eyes.  How avoidable is that whole scurvy thing, right?  I mean, how hard is it to pack a little Vitamin C?

The thing is, I have total sympathy for those colonists.  Yeah, in hindsight, packing some Tropicana seems like a total no-brainer.  But what I'm saying is that sometimes no-brainers are the very things you leave off your packing list.

For example, shower curtains.  I mean, when you're packing to move into your empty apartment, what do you make sure you have?  Phone charger, toothbrush, and underwear, I bet.  I don't believe that anyone thinks, "Can't forget the shower liner."  In fact, I wouldn't trust a person who did.

But when you turn on the shower at 6:30 AM, suddenly a shower curtain seems like a no-brainer.  I mean, you knew you were going to shower at one point and the curtain is sort of vital to the whole operation.

Yet, that's exactly what I forgot.  It's amazing really, how one simple oversight can turn something as simple as a hot shower into mayhem.  As I tried desperately to keep my shampoo rinse from spraying the whole bathroom, I was thrown back into memories of teenage, babysitter Nicole, trying desperately to change a baby's diaper as a two-year-old blissfully sprayed the kitchen with rainbow sprinkles.

Needless to say, my very first home goods purchase in Arlington was a white vinyl shower curtain liner from Target. And just like my forefathers on the Mayflower, every new obstacle becomes a learning experience.

Lesson learned this time around: "metal enforced rings" in shower liner lingo does not mean "shower curtain hooks optional."  You still need 'em.  Fortunately for me, my mistake could be fixed with a couple of extra hair-ties.

So cheers, Mayflower pilgrims.  I toast my OJ to you.

“It's all very simple. But maybe because it's so simple, it's also hard.” 
- Natsuki Takaya