In this millennial moment I think back on these pat nearlyathousand posts and wonder what topics I should revisit. A few themes have been recurrent of course and now seems like the time to comment on the past. I'm not often waxing nostalgic so I should take the chance when I can. Even if it means that I destroy what we know of history in the process.
Take showering, the process by which I generally clean my body. Showering is done by placing the naked body under a stream of falling water. Combine the water with cleansing chemicals (eg, soap) and together they leave the body clean, if wet. Generally I use a drying process called "toweling" after showering before redressing in order not to dampen my clothing.
But if you read Thmusings you already know all this. I've talked about my showering habits and methodology before (here and here and here and here) but all these posts do not reflect the current reality. Anyone reading these posts would assume that I, Theric, am a lengthy showerer, using thousands of gallons a month in cleansing my body from dirt and oils.
Times have changed (cf here or, even better, here). I am now most notable for how very little water I use in the showering process.
(Before I share my secrets, it should be noted that all water from the showering process is now preserved in the Thteed household and used to flush the toilet.)
Here's how it works. (Note that step two is omitted in warm weather as I, in those circumstances, shower in cold water.)
1. Keep water heater at a low enough temperature that one may stand under an undiluted stream of hot. (This prevents the need to adjust hot and cold to a livable temperature.)
2. Warm the water.
3. Drench hair and turn off water.
4. Shampoo hair and use the resulting suds to wash face and ears, neck and as far down my body as they will reach.
5. Turn on water and rinse shampoo from hair and body.
6. Turn off water.
7. Using body hair as a loofah, use a small amount of soap to wash remaining body.
8. Turn on water and rinse body.
9. Turn off water.
And I'm done.
This method uses about five gallons of water, I would estimate. According to a brief amount of internet research, the average showerer uses 15-25 gallons per five minutes of showering.
Living in California and showering as I do, I think it's now pretty safe for me to say that I am a better person than you.
How does that make you feel, you wastrel?