Tuesday, January 22, 2008

So it's official...

I am now a card carrying "germophobe".

A germophobe, for those not familiar with the episode, "The Apology" of the television series Seinfeld, is defined as 'someone who fears germs'.

I am a proud germophobe because I just installed this in my little boys' bathroom. It's a stainless steel paper towel dispenser from RestockIt.com.

Why? Because I'm tired of replacing a grungy-looking damp towel throughout the day and wondering just how well my boys washed their grubby little hands anyhow. And that's just icky.

Hmm, wouldn't it have been easier to just put up a normal kitchen paper towel holder?

Well, yes. Yes, I suppose it would have been easier, but it's also very likely that the entire roll of paper towels would get wet and contaminated from use, isn't it?

Did you think about that? No? Well, breathe easily, my friend, because this means you are NOT a germophobe.

Perhaps you're rolling your eyes and thinking couldn't I just teach my children to properly wash and dry their hands?

You would think so, wouldn't you?

The strange part is, I'm normally pretty environmentally conscious. I drive a small fuel efficient car and hope to someday trade it for a hybrid. I attempt to curb my electricity and water usage and I try to recycle my aluminum cans and newspapers even though there is no recycling in my area. For a short time, I even cloth diapered two kids simultaneously in an attempt to lessen my personal impact on the world's landfills!!

And yet, the idea of having a clean, germ-free towel to dry my hands on really appealed to me enough to order an entire case of tri-fold paper towels from Costco.com.

At least they're made of recycled paper.


The Crazy Cat Lady said...

Yeah, you updated your blog!

So, is being a germophobe hereditary? It must be, because I have a huge 67.6 fl oz. bottle of hand sanitizer on my desk at work. I have little bottles in my purse, the cars, etc. Why are we like this? We weren't like this growing up? I really like the idea of the paper towel dispenser and may have to think about getting one for my bathroom. : )

AJ said...

well...you could give them a bottle of purell to keep in the bathroom. That's what I do....I am a tad germophobic as well. I have a travel size in my car, kitchen, purse, and in the kids' bags.
it's ok to be this way! ;)

Anonymous said...

I'm renovating my bathroom next year and I've been trying to figure out how to kept a nice paper towel holder inthere. I totally understand...I hate that always wet towel too and there's just me and hubby at home now! I especially hate it when we have guests over. Yuck!