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Zik Zak
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Ever do something in a certain way, or see something in a certain way, only to realise later that it's completely wrong, or something along those lines? I guess there needs to be a word for that, other than "stupidity".

Whenever that happens to me I'm reminded of a story that Arthur Dent tells whoever the girlfriend was he had in one of the not-so-good Hitch-hikers books. Book four or five I think. The story was, if I recall correctly, that he had a painting in his room of a raft with animals on it. In front of the raft was some animal with a tail, and he always thought the animal with the tail was pulling the raft. Then one day he noticed the raft had a sail.

Perhaps they should be called Dent-isms?

Anyway, two of my recent Dent-isms.

1. When having a sandwich comprising two slices of bread I cut it in half across its width, due to lack of Christine Bleakley sized mouth. This leaves the crustier (nastier) top half as one round, and the less crusty (nicer) half as the other round. Then there was the moral dilemma of whether to have the nastier half first, in a sort of "catholic guilt" way followed by the nicer bit. Or go the hedonist route and have the nice less crusty bit, then suffer the slings and arrows of the crusty.

Then recently I twigged that I could just cut it across its length, and both halves are then identical, with both a mix of crusty and less crusty sides.

Indeed.

Now I am spared the moral sandwich dilemma.

2. I've been happily using what I thought were shampoo and conditioner. I'm very good and condition every other day, to maintain my horse mane-like texture - although in reality my hair is very fine and difficult to work with at the best of times, particularly if it starts to get long. Anyway, the shampoo has a sort of dark brown bottle, and the conditioner has a sort of lighter golden coloured bottle - standard shampoo and conditioner convention right? Wrong. The lighter coloured one is just a different shampoo for lighter coloured brunettes.

How did I manage to buy two shampoos?

Idiot!

Anyway, I think these are just two examples of my scatterbrained nature.

Go on though, share your Dent-isms with me!


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You're not alone. I once managed to buy two bottles of conditioner and I don't use conditioner all that often as it makes my hair unmanageable!

I can do a swap if you like, that way we both end up happy! :-D

(And thanks for the sympathies/empathies)

Maybe you could change your brand of bread?

For the type that has zero crusts or a uniformly crusty or non-crusty perimeter? I've ruminated on it, but it just doesn't feel right.

Either for that, or for a different brand, where the crust taste is more to your liking. I personally don't dislike the flavour, but I could see why some aren't struck on it.

The fact that crustless bread has been developed and marketed shows there must be a demand for it.

Indeed. My wife cuts them off :-)

I'm not as crust-averse as I used to be, but I guess it's an idiosyncrasy that's stuck with me since childhood.

I'd recommend Hovis's Seed Sensations. Pricey, but worth it!

Thanks, not tried that. I tend to go for something grain-y from Tesco.

I prefer the one in the purple wrapping, but the one in the orange wrapping is nice too!

I thought I was the only one who accidentally bought two shampoos instead of (1) shampoo and (1) separate conditioner. In my defense, the two shampoos I bought were the same brand but were packaged in different color bottles. Anyway, you're not alone.

Haha, thanks also for the symapthies/empathies. What surprised me is I've used both of these until one has run out, only then did I realise!

you worry about this?

cut your crusts off when you're cutting it in half.
feed them to birds/squirrels.

problem solved, and is eco-friendly!

My tongue is firmly in my cheek, don't worry ;-)

We seem to have a complete absence of wildlife in our garden, for the most part. We're in a new development though, so maybe it will take time for things to return.

This morning, I was carrying a lot of empty (and different-sized) cardboard boxes downstairs. I'd pick one up, take it down, then trek upstairs again to get the next one.

After a few boxes, I realised that I could just put the smaller ones into the larger ones, and it'd save me a lot of effort. It was my *facepalm* moment. :)

Heh, *facepalm* moments is another good name, and a good example also! :-)

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