Fandango’s One Word Challenge (5 June 2020)

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Footprints (Fandango’s Friday Flashback)

Yay, it is Friday again, and Fandango has just published his Friday Flashback post. The idea is that he picks a post from this day in a previous year, to give newer readers a better insight into what does and doesn’t make him tick.

I have always liked that idea, so shall also post my own reminiscence. As much as anything, it reminds me of where I was, where I am now, and how far I have come. Hopefully, you will find it entertaining along the way.


A lot of things are still the same-ish now as they ever were. I’ve tweaked how I live over the years, but not drastically changed anything. But here is a post I found from two years ago, where I had done something for years, flipped, but then flipped back.

In my flashback post today I talk about a dishwasher. I think a dishwasher was one of the first purchases when we set up home together. In the post, almost twenty years later, I was going through a phase where, with just the two of us and that many fewer dishes needing washing, we were trying to get by without one. Don’t get me wrong, I think life without a dishwasher is a very good idea, but next time you wash dishes, try doing it with just one hand, and you’ll see what I mean. I think the crunch came when my wife started instructing me to leave such-and-such an implement, and she’d do it – clearly unhappy at the standard of my washing.

So I eventually bought another dishwasher. It gets used about twice a week.

A tumble dryer is another luxury I can’t do without. Hanging clothes out on the washing line is preferable every time, but when the line is maybe twenty yards away, and the tumble dryer is two, and when I find it incredibly difficult to actually peg things one-handed… So the tumble dryer gets used all year round. I suppose one of the offsets now is that I only need to launder things every couple of weeks.

So some things change. But not others. That guy I talk about is presumably still a pompous idiot. He’s somebody I have now lost contact with, no regrets. I try to be generally friendly to people but sometimes, life’s too short.

Mister Bump

I think I got to a certain age when I thought I wanted to reduce my footprint. The roof got full of solar panels and the Porsche went, in favour of something much more eco.

It was interesting at the weekend, I had someone round who objected to the tannin in his mug. We don’t bother with a dishwasher any more, largely to save water with just the pair of us. Things like tannin have accumulated on some of our mugs, especially when I went through a phase of black tea, just because getting fresh milk is no longer trivial for me. In any case, the tannin is obviously sourced from the tea leaves – drinking water which had been mixed with those same leaves didn’t seem to be a problem. I don’t worry about it myself, in fact it reinforces to me that the detergents used by dishwashers can…

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