Saturday, March 19, 2011

Reduced Posting Activity

My girlfriend's sister and her family will be staying with us for the next week. I therefore probably won't be posting much.

Murphy's Law of Cleaning Math

19 1/2 hours ago I told my girlfriend that there were 20 hours left before we needed to leave for the airport. I asked her how much time it would take us to get the house ready for their arrival. She said 10 hours. I said that it would probably take 20 hours then.

There are 30 minutes left and we have about "15" minutes of work to do. Perfect! Hahaha!

"No sleep for you!"


getyourselfconnected said...

Now we get deflation in Mark's posts!!! I give up.

Kidding aside, hope all is well brother.

Stagflationary Mark said...



So far, so good! Everyone arrived safely. We ate at the Rainforest Cafe at the mall. Just doing my part to single-handedly rescue the restaurant industry.

By the way, there's a hole in my backyard involving Murphy's Law of Septic Tanks.

If you are having three guests in your home, you are doing extra laundry in anticipation of their arrival, you are sleep deprived, and you own a septic tank, then plan on spending an hour digging a "WTF!!!" hole, lol. I think it was just a loose electrical connection and I managed to fix it. I think!

When it rains, it pours. What they don't tell you is that it pours upstairs bathtub water out the downstairs toilet if the septic tank pump stops functioning. D'oh! ;)

Stagflationary Mark said...


We went inner tubing at the local ski destination yesterday.

They supply the inner tubes and they rope tow you back to the top. Each inner tube has a line that you use to hook up to it.

The last run was pretty funny. I had just used that line to propel one person down the slope at a higher than normal speed. Next up was my girlfriend and my girlfriend's sister's 4 year old son. They were going down together.

I didn't just propel them though. I slung them. My last words were, "Spinning time!" Hahaha! This really cracked up the people next in line. One asked me if spinning like that makes you go faster. I told them that I wasn't sure. It certainly makes it scarier though! Then we all laughed. Hahaha!

It ended well. Both loved the spinning apparently. :)

getyourselfconnected said...

Thankfully no septic here. Having fun like a kid out there Mark???

Stagflationary Mark said...


Today was the Space Needle, Experience Music Project (with Battlestar Galactica exhibit), and Seattle Harbor Tour (one hour cruise).

Yeah, pretty much having fun like a kid! :)

getyourselfconnected said...

Sounds fun!

GawainsGhost said...

Hey, Mark, now they're talking about taxing toilet paper!

10 cents a roll, to pay for expensive city sewer systems. Will wonders never cease?

Stagflationary Mark said...


Nice timing. Everyone else is currently off doing things right now so I opted to check in to see if there were any comments.

Among the items on his brainstorming list: a proposal for a 10-cent federal tax on every roll of toilet paper you buy.

I see that it hits the poorest the hardest since cheap toilet paper would be taxed at a higher percentage rate than luxury toilet paper. For example, the tax on a dollar roll would be 10% but the tax on a 50 cent roll would be 20%.

Is there no shame?

mab said...


Eddie Lampert CONtinues to shine!

Stagflationary Mark said...


Genius! ;)

getyourselfconnected said...

with all that is going on I do miss your take on things. No rush to get those folks out the door or anything.....I kid.

MaxedOutMama said...

Mark - I am relieved that you apparently got off lightly on the Great Septic Tank Crisis.

As for the toilet paper, I think it was in Governor Florio's time in NJ. When he proposed a tax on toilet paper the inhabitant TP'd the state. I'm told it was remarkable.

No, they have no shame.

Stagflationary Mark said...

Florio appears to be a modern pioneer.

February 4, 2008
30 and Counting: Florio Tax Increase

Let’s make a deal: Three days before the budget’s deadline, Florio signs legislation that includes a $1.5 billion tax increase. The package features a 7 percent sales tax on telephone calls, disposable paper products—the infamous “toilet paper tax”—soaps, detergents, and alcoholic beverages.

July 23, 1990
Florio's Liberal Reforms Put New Jersey in Spotlight

"The roll of toilet paper is going to become to Jim Florio what calling ketchup a vegetable was to Ronald Reagan," predicts one worried Democrat, who asked not to be identified.