Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Some dumb ideas

Once upon a time, in the days of my long-lost youth, we used to have these things called shower curtains that were made of vinyl and both hid the bathtub and kept the floor, if not exactly dry, close to it.

Then some genius came up with the brilliant idea that shower curtains should be real curtains. You know, the kind made of cloth.

Just what we need--yet another item to get mildewed in the bathroom. And, in order to keep the floor some semblance of dry, the stupid thing still has to be lined with--yep, you've got it--a vinyl curtain.

Clever, no?

Not unless you enjoy wasting money on useless objects that didn't even exist 40 years ago.

"Why do I need to dress my bathtub?"

"Why do you need to dress your bed?," answered the hubster.

Hmm, there's a thought. Why is it not enough to tuck in the sheets and blanket? Why do we "need" to put a quilt or bedspread on top? Are we afraid that our beds might "get naked?" :)

Here's another dumb idea: window treatments.

That's funny, I didn't know my windows were sick.


Anonymous Too Old to Jewschool Steve said...

I think the distinction is between that which is purely utilitarian, and that which is also pleasing to the eye (dare I say it? aesthetically pleasing). Our plan white bathroom does look nicer with a colorful shower curtain, behind which is a functional liner.
Are bed spreads "functional"; no, not really, but they can make a room look nicer, and sometimes that makes you feel good.
Window treatments ARE important, unless exhibitionism is your thing. They are not for your benefit, but for your neighbors. If you don't have any windows viewable by anyone else, than its strictly up to you.

Wed Jan 06, 11:32:00 PM 2010  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Old-fashioned vinyl shower curtains used to come in nice colors and patterns, so I don't see the reason for switching to cloth.

Bedspreads and quilts can liven up the appearance of a bedroom, true.

As for preventing the neighbors from getting too much of a view, we have venetian blinds on every single window. I just find it amusing that what we used to call blinds and curtains are now dubbed "window treatments," as if windows were a medical condition. :)

Thu Jan 07, 10:40:00 AM 2010  

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