Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Selling Out To Commercialism

I don't often do product endorsements here. Lampoons, yes. Endorsements, no.

As a matter of fact, I don't think I have ever done a product endorsement on this site.

Not that I can remember, anyway.

But I have one now. When I got promoted my wife took one look at those white shirts and declared "You are going to need one of those bleach pen thingies!"

As a profession doer of a sloppy husbands laundry, she knows these things. So the next time she went shopping she bought me a Tide Stain Stick. Which I of course, promptly stuck in my lunch box and forgot about.

I went three and a half weeks without spilling anything on my shirt. I was so proud of myself. Then last weekend when I worked that double I managed to spill some coffee on myself. Not much, just a few drops.

And I was so out of it from being tired I forgot I had the stain stick.

Yeah, I got frowned at for that. But she managed to get it out anyway in the wash with a few dark looks and some vigorous scrubbing. I vowed to remember it the next time.

Lo and behold tonight I was sitting in the little sauna of a Sergeants office in 30 house tonight and I got a drip of coffee on my shirt. Being the thoughtful and dutiful husband that I am, I remembered the stain stick in my box. Got it out and went dab dab dab.... Holy snap! It works!

I was really astonished. Actually had to go look in the mirror to make sure it was really gone and it was.

So if any of you are a messy drinker or eater like me or if you are prone to fashion faux pas and wear white after Labor Day, you might think about getting one of these things.

It takes out small dribs of coffee anyway. I won't testify to anything more than that.

And P.S. Don't let the dog chew on the thing. It's not good for the dog or the stain stick.

Disclaimer: No animals were harmed or even greatly inconvenienced in the production of this blog post.

Wednesday is going to be National Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friend Day (Not Sgt Puddle, but the other kind), National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, Secret Pal Day and Hot Toddy Day.

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  1. Your wife is one sharp gal - tell her I use one of those "thingys" too!
    I discovered them by chance and because I wear a white lab coat in my office and invariably, from time to time, get a dot of this and a dot of that on me, this stain stick, as you call it, is the bomb! (a good bomb as opposed to a stink bomb)

    Anyway, you've married a smart woman...go buy her flowers, or a good hammer, which she can use the next time you forget using the stain stick!) (grin)

    Cheers, Jenny

  2. It's amazing how the first few months in a white shirt it is like a magnet for coffee, food, etc. If you happen to be in Target look for the Shout travel wipes. They work just as good and can fit easily in your CPR pouch.

  3. Is that your wife's little dog? How cute!

    I'm a big believer in those tide pens. The first time I wore my marching uniform for band one of the girls dropped chili on my cuff. (No, I didn't do it. I don't eat chili. Texas chili, New York chili, any kind of chili is gross.) There was a disgusting blog of orangish brown right there on my white cuff, minutes before the half time show. One of the band moms whipped out her tide pen, put it on...and presto! Within minutes it was clean and white again! Those things are amazing.

  4. It's a must have. I never leave home without lipstick, make-up compact and Tide to Go spot remover stick.

  5. Jenny- She's one smart cookie all right. Weird taste in men, but...

    BK- Thanks for the tip! I'll look for some of those too!

    Chanel- No, that's not our dog. Just a pic I grabbed. DJ would have swallowed that Tide stick whole. But I am now a fan of the stain stick!

    Shirley- Women are always so wise about these things.