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I'm Mike Pope. I live in the Seattle area. I've been a technical writer and editor for over 30 years. I'm interested in software, language, music, movies, books, motorcycles, travel, and ... well, lots of stuff.

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  03:18 PM

Although the consensus is largely that getting older sucks, it does have its benefits. For example, with age comes wisdom. I'm pleased to say that this applies even to me. For example, just in the last few days I've gained some wisdom about various things around the household. It's the kind of wisdom that's really only the result of years (decades!) of experience, so I imagine that younger people wouldn't have this kind of insight. As an example, I've put together a little quiz that if, like me, you've recently gained this wisdom, you'll have no trouble with. Younger, less wise people? They will undoubtedly struggle with this one.

Ready? Here we go.

The best time to throw a load of towels in the laundry is:
  • When it looks like you're getting low.
  • When you have to keep using the towel you've been using for a week.
  • When you've had to use the hand towel to dry yourself after a shower.

After you've washed and folded a load of towels, the best place to put them is:
  • In the bathroom next to the shower.
  • In the laundry room two floors down.

The best time to add shampoo to the grocery list is:
  • When you've only got 1/4 bottle left.
  • When you're out.
  • When you've taken two showers without shampoo.

When you come back from the grocery store, the best place to put the new bottle of shampoo is:
  • In the shower
  • On the stairs leading up from the garage.

The best time to put a bottle of shampoo in the shower is:
  • As soon as you've gotten back from the grocery store.
  • After you've now taken three showers without shampoo.

Pretty deep stuff, eh? Well, my pretties, it's taken me a lifetime of hard-won experience to achieve these insights.

Gee, wonder what I'll learn next week?

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