Saturday, August 22, 2009

TP or not TP?

Can you imagine a world without men? No crime and lots of happy fat women. ~Attributed to both Marion Smith and Nicole Hollander

What is it about toilet paper that causes people to forget to put on a new roll when the previous roll is done? Does it have some weird kind of amnesia gene embedded in the paper? Perhaps it's only targeted toward people of the "XY" persuasion, because I find that men tend to thing toilet paper is an optional accessory.

I remember once, many (many, many) years ago, I was dating this guy -- Robert. I swung by his house once and had to use the bathroom and when I stepped inside, I notice an empty toilet paper holder. I looked under the sink. No TP. I opened the door and asked if they had some hidden away somewhere.

Robert looked about frantically and then tossed me a wash cloth.

Yes, that's correct, this bachelor household had NO TOILET PAPER in the entire place. And while I understand that most of the time, they don't need it... there are the occasions when they DO.

I think that may have marked the beginning of the end for our relationship.

When I was younger, we had a rule in our house that whoever used the last of the TP replaced the roll. Common sense, yes? Well, my step-father decided that ONE square of TP on the roll meant it wasn't empty and would regularly leave exactly that much instead of just putting on a new roll.

What on earth is ONE square of toilet paper good for?

I bring all this up because I had to potty in the middle of the night. Who turns on the light to do that? Not me... so, I did the deed, reached for the roll and hit cardboard.

Yep, that's right folks. Despite thirteen years of nagging my DH to put on a new TP roll if he used the last, it still hasn't soaked in. He's a smart guy, he can take apart computers and put them back together. Cars, too. And various other electronic and mechanical devices. He writes computer code. But he can't remember to change out the toilet paper rolls.

I really do think it's some kind of genetic anomaly.




Dru said...

They can't change the TP roll because it is too simple for them. I bet if you ask them to make a toilet paper roll and the tissue, they would.

Since it's just me here, when I see that it is low - I put a roll under the toilet paper holder.

Have a good Saturday.

MomJane said...

I can not imagine not having toilet paper in the house. I have to have lots of spares or I hyperventilate. I buy the huge package at Costco when I am down to about 6 rolls.

I know it is a guy thing. Partly because it is part of taking care of the house, and "women" must do that. It isn't a manly thing.

Terri Tiffany said...

LOL we have similar rules here but it doesn't always happen! And my dh will leave one last piece on too!

Tori Lennox said...

Heck, I keep the whole TP package handy. Just in case.

Brandy said...

I don't know why, but my hubs does the same thing. And like yours he can write computer programs, tear a computer apart and put it back together, he can wire electronics and all that and YET can not remember to put a new roll on. As a matter of fact? We just had this conversation here, too! *G*

I hope you had a fun Saturday and a peaceful Sunday!

Anonymous said...

I think it is imbeded in male dna to not change to toilet paper. At least that is one thing I don't need to worry about since I live alone. I always have plent of TP on hand. Don't want to risk running out! And I admit it Im a TP snob lol. Charmin (blue pack) is mine of choice lol. (Im a dork I know lol)

Allie Boniface said...

That's so funny...I went on a date with a guy once and the exact same thing happened -- this in a house where 3 guys lived. He offered to "run out and get some" while I, no thanks. First and last date, right there!