“Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.” – Albert Einstein

Tara asks the eternal question:

Toilet paper over the roll or under? Just for something light.

HAH!  I will admit, that as a young woman, I was seduced by the “under roll” crowd.   It made everything look so neat and precise.  I am really, really into the concept of neat and precise.  No torn-off jagged ends to remind me of the last occupant.  I didn’t have to think of the fact that OTHER people were, well, you know, on the SAME SEAT that I was.  It almost hid the true purpose of that pristine white roll.  You just almost could think of it as something other than a big continuous sheet of buttwiping paper.  Oh, yeah.  Out of sight, out of mind.

But now I am in the second half of life where function definitely triumphs over form.  The bleary-eyed middle aged me no longer cares as much about how the damn thing looks so long as I can most efficiently locate both roll AND end in the middle of the night.  Hell, as a 40-something year old with a toddler, I am just glad if the roll is actually ON the roller, rather than perched precariously on top of the tank or completely discharged in a heap on the bathroom floor.    The optimal position for quick location and dispensation to a middle-aged woman, desperately in need of bifocals, and stumbling in the half dark is definitively OVER the roll. 

Efficiency.  At my age, it’s all about efficiency.

February 22nd, 2007 at 3:42 pm
5 Responses to “By God, I will make a blog about this”
  1. 1
    Rey Says:

    The Proper answer is in the CD Spindle, forget about the roller.

  2. 2
    Robbin Says:

    That’s right – I forgot about that. I need to make me one of those.

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    Chris Says:

    OMG…just lurking, you are too funny. I agree with you about just having some toilet paper that you can locate. Great post. Thanks for the laugh, I needed that!

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    Tara Says:

    Thanks for such an eloquent answer. 🙂

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    bubandpie Says:

    Wow. That’s the most well-reasoned analysis of this issue I’ve ever come across. Personally, I like to use the over- vs. under- debate as proof that I’m not nearly as anal as either of my husbands might accuse me of being.