Tue. Nov 27, 2007
More Is Not Always Good
Here in America, the Land Of Big Boxes, these boxes often have a colorful band around the top. This band acts like a volume marker, and the bold shouting text within it says things like “20% More For Free!”
How can this not be a Good Thing?
Well, when you’re buying a 21 pound box of cat litter. With a flimsy “handle” on top that is delicately attenuated to bear the strain of, oh, about 21.5 pounds. But when you add in that “Four More Pounds For Free,” you get a shelf full of boxes with broken handles that no one wants to drag out of the store like a cinder block on a four inch rope.
Looking elsewhere on that shelf, I see my alternative is the 40 pound bucket. You might as well put a little wheel on one end, two handles on the other, and sell it as the “wheelbarrow pack.” But either way, since I live at the top of 42 steps, that Load O’ Litter is not a rational option.
I’d try to train the kitties to use the toilet, but I’m afraid that they might not understand our drought rules about “if it’s yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down.” No, I’m certain of it. In fact, I have a feeling they would flush just for entertainment.
So I remain at the mercy of the mercenary litter packers, and their various loads.
Today’s rant has been brought to you by “Fresh Step.”
And, oh yeah, I still miss Webvan.