Friday, January 05, 2007

I don't have many mortal fears...

But one of them is injury from a garbage disposal. I've never seen anyone get injured by one, nor do I know anyone who has, but the damn thing frightens me. Perhaps it is the fact that it is a deadly spinning blade in a small black hole that I can't see into.

Normally, if I am doing the dishes or something, I usually finish by running the disposal and cleaning the sink. I make sure that no one is within 10 feet of the sink before flipping the switch. When something gets stuck in there, I usually wait until the house is empty to work on it, so that there will be no one flipping the switch by accident, and I try very hard to not put my hands in there.

Well, today at work, I was washing some dishes in the sink, when one of the other folks who works in the building walked by and flipped the switch for the disposal. I probably jumped back about 10 feet, and my heart was racing. She said she was trying to find the light switch. I'm not sure why she thought it would be in the middle of the room next to the sink, 20 feet from the lights she was trying to turn on, but that's just me I guess.

12 comments:

amera hearts said...

what a jerk! i'm sorry.

ps. my sink is old and it smells like someone died. i've tried everything to get it to not emit deadly smells.....
ps. did you bitch slap the ho?

Diedre said...

It's one of my fears as well and I do the same thing as you.

There is a few scary movies out there where some one has their hand in and the thing starts going by itself. I have to run out of the room when to avoid the carnage.

slappy said...

And what's worse, the disposal is probably the dirtiest place in the house. So after it ripped off your hand, you'd get a nasty staph infection.

Anonymous said...

Amera - pour bleach down the drain?

I don't like garbage disposals either. Ew.

Brookelina said...

I have that same fear. The thing just freaks me out.

jamwall said...

anytime i have to reach in there, i duct tape the garbage disposal switch to its OFF position.

i then proceed to hang a big sign over the switch that reads "NO!!!!!"

do you think i'm going too far even if nobody's around?

Booty J Patrol said...

Amera: Try pouring a box of baking soda down the drain with hot water while running the disposal. That should help get rid of the smell and make the drain run better.

Diedre: Yeah, those movies don't help my fear.

Slappy: Thank you Mr. Chemistry for giving me yet another reason to fear the sink hole.

Malnurtured: Bleach can be very hard on the drain, but it will make the sink smell like bleach instead of nasty!

Brookelina: Glad to know I am not alone.

Jamwall: You can never be too careful

slappy said...

Chop a lemon into quarters and grind it up in the disposal. The acid tends to clean it out, and the pulp cleans the blades.

Baking soda is usually good for odor too.

Um, Booty? It's Dr. Chemistry.

Booty J Patrol said...

Don't tell me you're going to get all snooty and start demanding everyone call you doctor... I mean you really only put in four extra years of effort.

slappy said...

Four years? I'm not smart. Try six.

slappy said...

And I only demand to be called Doctor when it's sufficiently sarcastic. Like Dr. Chemist, or Dr. Dipshit.

Anonymous said...

I fear moths, so who am I to judge?