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It's taken me 59 years to catch on. "Push tab to secure roll," or "Press here to lock roll." Take your pick, they're both new to me. I'm constantly learning new things, obviously some surprisingly simple, because my daughter-in-law was greatly amused when I inquired, "Did you know there are little punch-in tabs on the sides of the plastic wrap and aluminum foil boxes?"
"Yes, that's how you hold the roll in place." Smiling through the phone and trying not to laugh, she could tell by my enthusiastic voice that I'd just discovered this modern miracle.
Apparently I'm the last to know, that yes indeed, if you push in those little tabs, you can stop that roll of plastic wrap from jumping out of the box when you try to use it. Just think, all those years, wasted time and words (I'd spent a fair amount of time cursing the plastic wrap box), because when I start to use it, the cardboard roll wiggles and wobbles, which makes it practically impossible to tear off a piece of plastic wrap, so I can cover up my leftover chicken salad.
Hoping to rally support and not look quite so stupid, I decided to ask a dad raising his two children, surely he uses plastic wrap, and I bet he's never paid any attention to the "how-to secure" instructions on the side of the box. "Hey did you know there are little tabs on the side of the plastic wrap roll?"
"Hmm, yeah, I think I remember them being there. Otherwise the roll would fall out of the box, wouldn't it?"
Okay, so even men know the secret. But obviously from his lackadaisical response, this dad doesn't use plastic wrap. So I asked, "If you don't own a box of plastic wrap, tell me your secret. What do you use for leftovers?"
"I burp my Tupperware," he smiled, "and it sounds like you should, too!"
Now I'm wondering how many other modern miracles I've missed throughout the years. Maybe my toilet really...does...scrub itself, I just didn't press the magic button? Maybe my dryer can dry...and...fold clothes, I just didn't notice the tabs on the side of the machine? Talk to you tomorrow, I'm gonna go look right now.
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AUTHORBUZZ: SEVEN GRAMS OF LEAD (Thriller) by Keith Thomson
A technothriller that begins with a reporter discovering that he's been implanted with a subminiature electronic eavesdropping device (i.e., a bug). This is based on my own true experience while reporting at CIA HQs in 2008.
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