March 21st, 2003


Shopping for Magical Cleaning Chemicals

So last night I did some research on how to get rid of all this spattered candle wax that was all over my microwave, counter-top, and stove-top (see recent entry regarding an exploding mug of boiling wax). It looked like the stuff to use are the "Goof Off" products: Goof Off, Goof Off II, and Goo Gone. So after work, I headed to Seattle.

One the way, I stopped at Kirkland PCC, to refill my bottles of Almond Doctor Bronner's. The man may have been a raving loon, but his soap stands on it's own. Then to Seattle to work my way down Aurora Ave. First at Seattle Super Supplements. 24HourFitness marks up their protein shake powder too much for me to be willing to buy it from them. Then to Lowe's and then to The Home Depot, where I bought assorted chemicals and tools.

Instead of going straight back home, I swung thru CapHill, to see if the Crypt had the new polyethylene Supras (they didn't). While I was there, the Seattle PD had closed off a couple of blocks of Broadway. Apparently, someone spilled a whole bunch of some white powered all over the street, and they shut it down while a HazMat team cleaned it up. Annoying, but understandable why they would be jumpy.

Then back home, to face the fallout of my candle penny-pinching with putty knife and chemicals in hand. It was amazing. Not only did all the wax pull right up and wipe right off, all the other assorted accumulated cooking grease grime did as well. I ended up doing the entire counter-top on one side of the sink, and taking the stove-top apart. Watching the burned in stains on the drip pans just float away in the sink brought a measure of joy to my heart.

(It also stripped all the skin oil off my hands, which feels kind of weird. About every 10 minutes or so I would go into the bathroom to rinse and lather my hands with some good glycerin soap (a gift from JudyG from a few years ago). Next time, maybe I should remember to buy gloves.)

But now I have a nice shiny clean counter, stove, microwave, and refrigerator front.

The Friday Five (

1. If you had the chance to meet someone you've never met, from the past or present, who would it be? The person who invented writing. Or math.

2. If you had to live in a different century, past or future, which would it be? The twenty second. It will be the start of an amazing time, but missing the bumps on the way would be nice.

3. If you had to move anywhere else on Earth, where would it be? A private island in the South Pacific, maybe, but only if I had the resources to visit my friends and have them visit me.

4. If you had to be a fictional character, who would it be? A Culture Mind.

5. If you had to live with having someone else's face as your own for the rest of your life, whose would it be? I don't know. I don't even have a really strong grasp on my own face.

Fives of Friday Past. October 5, 2001 (

1. What's on top of your refrigerator? A banana hook. Two bundles of bananas. A kitchen scale. A jar of quarters for the laundry.

2. What's your favorite meal of the day? Breakfast when I'm eating by myself. Dinner when I'm eating out or with friends.

3. Wash dishes by hand or in the dishwasher? What detergent do you use? Hands, I don't have a dishwasher. Planet® Brand liquid dish soap.

4. How often do you eat out compared to eating in? I usually go to Subway for lunch, and eat out for dinner about once a week.

5. How do you plan to spend your weekend? Don't know. I should clean.