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July 02, 2008


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My dad sold plastic! One of his customers was "sealed air," the company that invented bubble wrap. My mom took big rolls of it and covered them with yellow fake-fur slip covers and that was the seating in our "family" room. We also removed all of the down and feather stuffing from our living room sofa pillows and replaced it with bunched up strips of plastic. Another customer was "Orchids of Hawaii," the company that makes plastic leis. I loved going with my dad on those sales calls. I love plastic.

I love this clip! How funny. Plastic was a HUGE topic in our childhood, too. Like NM, my mom could not abide it. To keep it out of the house was one of her many goals in life . . . Plastic became a joke, a metaphor, a constant topic . . . Now, of course, folks are just beginning to see/ think about the environmental problems of plastic. Perhaps you know that in the Pacific there is a a plastic island the size of Texas . . .

But I have to say, I do appreciate plumbing. Esp. indoor plumbing. Esp. after a trip to El Salvador where I had to run through the dark to the latrine each night . . . A real bathroom with a toilet with a seat and a little flush tank seems like a sanctuary. An answer to my prayers. Whatever ambivalence Mailer had about toilets, I don't share. Not today anyhow.

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