Saturday, July 18, 2009

Early Bird Special

OK, this is Saturday, and we have the Mystery Person Contest this morning here at Old Picture of the Day. Ready, Set, Go!!!

Oh yes, to all you Naysayers out there, I fixed the sink yesterday. Did not call the plumber, I got it done all by myself. It only took about 3 minutes to put the faucet on. Problem was, it took 6 hours to get the old one off. It had the big nut way up under the sink, and no tool known to man could fit up in there to loosen it. It took me all day to get it done, and there were no leaks. Well, Mrs. PJM came home, and she was just delighted. She was squealing with joy seeing that I had gotten the j0b done. I am viewed now as being a real peach of a husband. This, and the peacock project have propelled me to super-husband status. OK, there was one little setback on the sink project. Seeing how Mrs. PJM was so happy to have the sink working, and how joyful she was, I blurted out, "Well, Happy Birthday!" We then had one of those, what they call, "learning moments". (Note to Self: Women do not consider home repairs as suitable Birthday gifts). Daughter and I are now on our way to Fredericksburg, Tx. to birthday shop for Mrs. PJM.

OK, now that I have the sink fixed, I note that Mrs. PJM is in there this morning washing her hair in the sink. Would someone help me understand why women wash their hair in the kitchen sink? Understand our situation. Our house has three bathrooms. Each is fully functional, well equipped, and stocked with all necessary supplies. There are three people living in our house. So, each person has their very own bathroom. Now, when I step in the kitchen, Mrs. PJM is in their washing her hair. I come back a little later, and daughter is washing her hair in there. If daughter has friends over, I go in the kitchen, and they are all washing their hair in the kitchen. Also note, I have never seen a man wash his hair in the kitchen sink. Why dont women just wash their hair in the shower. Would that not be easier? Women, please advise.


  1. We have a winner. JEB stuart. Good Job!

  2. PJM, There is a tool made for the job. It is called a faucet wrench. cost about 6 bucks at any hardware store.

  3. I am 40 minutes away from the nearest hardware store, so had to make do with a hammer and pair of vice-grips. Ugly. All ten knuckles are bloody. The evil plumber had tightened that nut on there like some nascar pit crew member.

  4. Also, the new faucet had a different set up where you just hand tightened the big nut, and then it had two set screws that you tightened with a simple screw driver. Much better system

  5. PJM

    Any news on Peacock Palace roof.

    Why women wash their hair in the
    sink instead of the bathroom is a
    female phenomenon, which no man
    has ever understood.

  6. Ray,
    Still waiting on the roof. Not a major deal, but it is a metal roof which had to be ordered. As soon as it is in, they will come out and put it on. Baby peacocks are outgrowing the cage, so am sure they will be happy to get the palace finished.

  7. I was getting ready for suffragette
    photo. How about another Mystery

  8. PJM

    I would be very interested to know
    about the computer virus you mentioned yesterday. Did this beast
    have a name?

  9. PJM,
    This should be obvious: The kitchen sink is much bigger and easier to maneuver your upper half if you're just washing your hair. They don't take a shower then get out and was their in the sink, do they?

    Oh, and speaking of birthdays...mine was yesterday. Hubby received gift cards in the mail yesterday from cell phone rebates. I was given one of the letters with the card stuck to it and he had written Happy Birthday on it.

  10. Chihuahua, at least the card is more useful than the cement dinosaur lawn ornament I got one year for my birthday.

  11. Jeb Stuart, holy moly PJM could have just as well had Old Abe as the Mystery Person. I think he has taken the day off to go find a little trinket for Mrs PJM's birthday.

  12. I'm a chick and am baffled by the women washing their hair in the kitchen sink. I wash my hair in the shower like a normal person. Yep, yep.

  13. The kitchen sink is higher, and the have the use of the sprayer nozzle also. At least that is what my wife says.

  14. All of us guys were rooting for you to go ahead and fix the faucet yourself and you did it. The proponents of the plumber solution were just wrong in assuming you coulden't do it. Way to go, Brother.

  15. OK, daughter and I just made it back from Fredericksburg.

    You are right, I made an easy contest today because we needed to get on the road before it got too hot.

    We had a very nice day shopping, and picked up some tins of fancy tea for Mrs. PJM for her birthday. Now, before you say that was a lame gift, understand, Mrs. PJM is not easy to shop for. You get to the point that you really dont want stuff, you have too much stuff. So, we knew she liked tea, so drove 3 hours to and 3 hours back to buy her some fancy tea. I feel it will be most well received.

    On the issue of washing hair in the sink. Some say it is higher and more convenient. What!?! It is not higher than the shower head. Also, Mrs. PJM, like most all women bathes daily, so we men remained perplexed why one would not simply integrate the hair washing into the shower that is already being taken. I remained confused, but feel it is best not to directly ask Mrs. PJM as there would be many unpredictable ways the conversation could go.

  16. OK; after some investigation it appears the older generation like my Great Grandmother, and Grandmother preferred taking baths to showering. Thus the best way to wash their hair was in the kitchen sink with the sprayer.

  17. Crazy,
    I still do not understand that in today's world of showers why the kitchen hair washing remains. It is like some secret sisterhood thing that we are not privy to.

  18. Every now and then I wash my hair in the utility room sink, but I use the Orvus soap that I wash the animals with - so it's not like a feminine ritual, it's a necessity. If it is a common practice among women, it makes sense if one uses do it yourself perms or dyes. The tall faucet and/or spray accessories are very convenient. (That's why I bathe my cats in the kitchen sink.)
    We used to have a sprint car and at two day events I would wash my hair under a water faucet with Simple Green. The guys thought it was silly, but they didn't have long hair. (Besides, for them, flying dirt was part of joy of the experience.)

  19. My husband has washed his hair in the kitchen sink because he takes longer than a woman to get ready. Some days he just wants to "go" and not take a full shower, so he washes his hair to feel fresher. I have washed my hair a few times in the sink when I have been clean but something got into my hair, like frosting at a birthday party. I don't know anyone who does it habitually though.

    I was hoping for a suffrage mystery person too.

  20. SmartGirl 1953 said...

    With respect to washing hair in the sink, we don't do it any more, but when my sister and I were litte kids, our mother used to wash our hair in the kitchen sink.

    I think it had something to do with the fact that we usually took baths and there was no shower in the tub at that time; or not getting water in our ears; or wanting washing our hair without having to take a bath.

    Also, we had a "good" shower that we didn't use because we didn't want to get it dirty. It was for show and/or guests, only.

    I also remember that my mother used to wash her hair in the utility room sink in the basement.

    For us, I think the basic reason was not to get the shower dirty.

    I would like to point out that having rooms that you didn't use and that were kept for "show" was a big part of my growing up. I know it's an Italian immigrant thing, but I'm sure other ethnic groups do it, too.

    For example, we always had "two" kitchens - the "good" kitchen upstairs that was only used on holidays and a second kitchen in the basement that got all the dirty work.

    Also, Italian-Americans NEVER use their living or dining rooms, the furniture is covered with plastic, just like in "Everybody Loves Raymond. " We either have to go down cellar and sit on the old furniture to watch TV down there, or use the den/family room.

    The living and dining rooms are for "show" only or for holidays and/or funeral coalations.

    It's also an Italian "thing" around here to "take a shower at the club." I can't tell you how many of my dad's friends as well as my relatives (mostly the men) would (and still) go to the "club" to take a shower, rather than do so at home.

    Some of it had to do with the fact that the wives don't like the men messing up their bathrooms with their disgusting personal habits.

    Or maybe it's an excuse to get out of the house, or a throwback to when the Italians on Federal Hill had to go to the bathhouses to bathe because their tenaments didn't have tubs or showers.

    My 92-year-old uncle still does it, even though he lives in a palatial home. He belongs to a fancy country club, and he showers there, not at home. It's a riot.

  21. My father spent several years in an orphanage in the twenties. They went barefoot in the summer and only wore shoes in winter. They washed their feet every night, but bathed only on Saturday nights. (Had to be clean for Mass.) I don't know if it was determined by pecking order or lots, but several people had to use the same bathwater. He said it was pretty yucky. (Mostly, he had good memories of the place.)