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Also, my lawn: please to be getting off it. [Oct. 3rd, 2011|12:07 pm]
Marissa Lingen
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1. Another brick in the road to official crankdom: I have written the newspaper to complain, and not even about their lack of copy editing. (Add to to-do list: write to newspaper to complain about lack of copy editing.) The Vikings lose another game. The Lynx win the first game of the national championships. The former of these is not news, and yet it takes up the entire front page of the sports section. The subject line of my letter was, "Your Sexism." Jerks. They should write the Whalen family an apology letter. I mean, the other women, too, but the Whalens are Minnesotans, for the love of Pete.

I don't even like basketball. Actually I hate basketball. (Note to Seimone Augustus: not you, you're awesome.) But this is just wrong.

2. I bought some cutting boards at Ikea. I put them in the dishwasher, as one does with a dirty plastic cutting board. The plastic melted. There was, it turns out, a cheerful little Ikea icon of a scrub brush in a hand on the corner of the board. We suspect that this is their notification that these boards are hand-wash only. (Or alternately that clean things are nice. Ikea icons, who knows.) Because everyone buys a plastic cutting board at Ikea because they want to put the time and energy into lovingly handwashing the thing. I realize that not everyone has a dishwasher, but a high enough proportion of people have dishwashers that it seems relevant, and also if I wanted to handwash a cutting board I would get a wooden one. I mean really.

3. I fell on the stairs this morning. Only two of them, did not break the glass I was carrying, did not appear to break the mrissa either. Still and all: I cannot like it.

[User Picture]From: auriaephiala
2011-10-03 05:37 pm (UTC)
Re #2: I'd call that Ikea-Fail. Any plastic cutting board (for example the ones I have) should easily be able to last through the hot water in the dishwasher because how else can you ensure that they are actually CLEAN? Cutting boards in particular (especially if you cut raw meat on them) need to be sterilized and that means they have to be subjected to higher water temperatures.

And, no, a little scrub brush icon does not imply to me handwash only.

Re #3: Glad it wasn't any worse. But not pleasant...
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[User Picture]From: swords_and_pens
2011-10-03 06:06 pm (UTC)

1) Well, that sucks. I'll get on them about that, too. (I don't usually read Sports, and so had not noticed this.)

2) WTF? And the even sell dishwashers there. And the little icon? Sorry, no. Then again, maybe they figured that since they hadn't required the use of an allen wrench to assemble said cutting board, they were off the hook. *shrug* Ikea.

3) Dislike.
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[User Picture]From: cathshaffer
2011-10-03 06:08 pm (UTC)
Was it the thin flexible platic board? I bought a pair for the trailer which had no dishwasher thank goodness. Clean things are nice! No more falling, you!
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[User Picture]From: reveritas
2011-10-03 06:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, the copy editing letters. My advice: Don't send it to the editor. Send it to the publisher/ownership. :D

As for the sports letter, absolutely. That needs some shaking up.
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[User Picture]From: pnkrokhockeymom
2011-10-03 06:12 pm (UTC)
I agree with your irritation with all of things, and I am very glad you did not break you in falling today. Ugh. <3
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[User Picture]From: pameladean
2011-10-03 06:38 pm (UTC)
I wonder what the newspaper will say to you. They had better say something.

I bought some spatulas at Ikea and discovered that they were not made of silicon and could not be used with heat. They were okay on the top rack of the dishwasher, but still, Bah.

Bah to falling. Who could like it, outside of bungee-jumping? I wouldn't like it there either, come to think of it.

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[User Picture]From: guppiecat
2011-10-03 07:32 pm (UTC)
Falling's not so bad. You know, if you discount the landing bit.
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From: sethb
2011-10-05 06:49 pm (UTC)
Falling down a flight of stairs, the landing isn't the worst part.

Falling down an up escalator, even more so. You'd be amazed at how long you can tumble without changing location.
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[User Picture]From: gaaldine
2011-10-03 09:05 pm (UTC)
Strange. We have plastic Ikea cutting boards and put them in the dishwasher all the time.

But I'm totally with you regarding the icons: I was looking at the crocodile mat we got for the unborn on Friday when we were in MN and was pondering the strange icons it had. One of them is simply an x-ed out circle. What is that supposed to mean?

(And, yes, I owe you a phone call. I'm still sort of trying to ignore the world.)
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2011-10-03 10:36 pm (UTC)
In your own time, dear heart. It is your right to ignore the world right now.

I am pleased with the prospect of a crocodile mat. No cutesies and wootsies for this baby! Toothies for this baby!
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[User Picture]From: adrian_turtle
2011-10-04 06:23 pm (UTC)
One of them is simply and x-ed out circle. What is that supposed to mean?

I thought it meant "whatever you're doing is wrong, so don't." My father used to joke about a type of aggressively anxious temperment that way. It seems entirely plausible that the publishers of The Fretful Mothers' Digest and so forth would put icons like that on baby stuff.

But "don't put the mat in the dryer" also makes sense, expecially if there is some kind of rubbery non-stick stuff on the underside. I think the icons I've seen to that effect have a circle in a square with an x over the whole thing...but I can understand the variation.
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[User Picture]From: redbird
2011-10-04 01:10 am (UTC)
None of that sounds like any fun at all. I hope tomorrow is better.

I gave Adrian the hug you sent along, and she was very pleased to have it.
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[User Picture]From: laurel
2011-10-04 04:33 am (UTC)
Kevin was just up here to see the end of the Detroit-Yankees game and we were talking sports and he asked if I had read LJ lately (nope) and mentioned what you said here.

Good on you for writing to the Strib. I rarely bother to look at the newspaper or website for it any more, but I used to seethe when the entire front page of the Sports section was Vikings stuff. Often unimportant blather about training camp or losses or what-have-you. Meanwhile the Twins were leading their division or had some other milestone happen. Gah.

I know from when I worked at startribune.com that anything remotely Vikings-related on the website got 10x the traffic of anything else. Okay, maybe it wasn't that extreme, but it was a lot.

And yeah, the thing with the Lynx. I can so see that. At least on twitter most local sports people talk about it even if only to say "but then there's the Lynx" when talking about how everything sports-wise in MN isn't going well.

Also: I have Delmania! And Verlander and Leyland rock, as ever.
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2011-10-04 11:35 am (UTC)
I told my mom we had Delmania, and I got the best eyebrow ever.
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[User Picture]From: columbina
2011-10-04 04:05 pm (UTC)
I cannot like the falling-on-the-stairs either.

Irrelevant to everything, I am suddenly realizing I don't understand in which contexts the "shoulders like nixon" tag is used, and looking at entries which have the tag does not demystify this for me.
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2011-10-04 09:52 pm (UTC)
Things that are stressing me out.

I don't use my tags as consistently as I should.
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