Tour day 3: $5,000 & 2 transmissions later…

It’s Friday night and I seem to be coming down with a cold. Tonight will be spent reading The Secret Lives of Wives by Iris Krasnow on my iPad. I heard her interviewed on the Jim & Margery show one morning and some of the things she discovered whilst writing this book proved to be quite scandalous — in one instance a woman found out her husband had been having an affair with a sheep. I think it will be an interesting read.

I had no desire to head to the grocery store after work and don’t exactly have all of the things I need to cook a proper meal (I really need to stock up on some frozen vegetables) so I cooked the macaroni and cheese bites I had in the freezer. How can you go wrong with that? Now I have Frasier in my DVD player and a glass of 2010 Bogle Sauvignon Blanc to enjoy on this rainy evening in with Niles (yes, he is named after Niles Crane). If you’re looking for a fruity, light and citrus flavored white wine that won’t break the bank, I highly recommend this one.

Now if only there wasn’t a dude recording bass in my basement, this could be a fairly pleasant evening despite my budding cold.

I always seem to stray from the subject of my posts. As many of you have read, the transmission in Defeater’s van blew on day one and they had to pay $2,500 to fix it. They also missed a show in Montreal. Well, today they got on the road to Toronto and the van was making clunking sounds. They were able to haul the van over to another auto-body shop where they learned the first shop had taken them on a run for their money.

Essentially, the new transmission they bought had old parts in it that needed to be replaced and when the mechanic put the transmission in he put a hole in the fluid line. By the time they made it to the second auto-body shop, the entire transmission was burned out.

There was only one other time that I have heard Jay sound as upset and despondent as he sounded tonight on the phone. I hardly know what to do for him when he is like that because 1. there is nothing I can actually do and 2. he is almost never so hopeless sounding.

It’s the first time Defeater has done a full U.S. tour in years and they were all really looking forward to it. They feel terrible that they’ve had to let so many people down and I hope everyone can understand. Canada, I know they will be coming up to see you in the coming months.

I have another, more interesting post in the works. My head just isn’t in the right place to tackle the issue at this moment. Maybe tomorrow.

Laura ♥

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Tour day 2: I hate sponges

It has been an interesting day. My work day flew by and I was barely able to accomplish all of my necessary tasks. Thankfully, it was Forced Office Fun day and I got to spend some of the evening have a couple of drinks with a few of my favorite co-workers.

In case you were wondering, Defeater managed to get their van fixed and it looks like they will be making it up to Toronto.

Anyway, more to the whole title of this post. I hate sponges. They’re dirty, disgusting things that most people do not treat with the proper care. I saw a sponge sitting in the sink at work today and thought to myself, I want to write about this. I got home and did dishes for a half an hour and decided I was definitely writing a post about it.

The kitchen sponge is the most disgusting thing in your house. Seriously. Tens of millions of bacteria live and breed inside your sponge, no matter how much you think you’ve rinsed and wrung it out. So if you clean every surface in your house, or even just in your kitchen, with your sponge, you are leaving behind including E. coli, Salmonella, Staphylococcus and many, many more kinds of bacteria.

You know it is there because of the way the sponge smells. Just think about the smell makes me shudder.


Above is a photo of how a sponge should be stored. Out of the sink, sponge side up. I realize that many sponge manufacturers try to confuse you by putting a pretty design on the rough side of the sponge, but trust me, you don’t want to leave the rough side up. Why? The rough side does not allow water to evaporate from the sponge which causes molding and bacteria growth.

Or what I am going to refer to as “Triple S:” Smelly Sponge Syndrome.

Other things that cause a sponge to get Triple S:

  • Not wringing it out and putting it rough side up
  • Leaving it rough side up in the sink
  • Leaving it sponge side up in the sink or in a bowl of dirty food water

What can you do to avoid your sponge coming down with Triple S? Microwave it for one minute a day (which kills 99.9 percent of bacteria) or run it through a dishwasher cycle that includes a drying cycle (that will kill 99.98 percent of bacteria).

Signs to replace your sponge include:

  • Triple S
  • Sponge disintegration
  • A month has passed since you last changed your sponge

Are you thoroughly disgusted? At least I didn’t go into detail about the filth that is the wooden utensil. Believe me, those are almost as bad as sponges. 

I hope you all enjoyed this informational post and will proceed with caution when cleaning with a kitchen sponge! Spread the word, not the bacteria.

Until next time…

Laura ♥

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