After the latest Cleaning Lady visit, I discovered my favorite old (very old) nail brush has gone missing. I must have put it in some not-routine place, but having searched every drawer, shelf, cabinet, and countertop in the house and the garage, I’m afraid it’s time to declare it lost. And that is not a good thing.
It’s almost impossible to buy a decent nail brush anymore. They used to be in every corner drugstore, and now: gone! At one point I bought an expensive brush at L’Occitane — sweetly appealing with its wooden handle and its “natural” bristles. And sweetly useless. The bristles are so soft that none of them will get under your nails to scrub the dirt off. And whose idea was it to make something that sits in water out of wood?
So it was off to Amazon, that purveyor of so much Stuff You Can’t Get Anymore. Apparently my perception that decent nail brushes no longer exist is just about right on target. Heee! Check out the one-star reviews of the one made by Fuller! And the Rubbermaid nail brush that rusts!
Contemplating this dismal state of affairs, it occurs to me that there’s an awful LOT of Stuff You Can’t Get Anymore. Videlicet, exempli gratia:
• Public phones
• Information operators
• A human being on the other end of virtually any phone call
• Zebco’s Rhino Reel (well, there are 16 left at Amazon, actually…but try to find it at your local Sportsman’s Warehouse)
• A decent bra
• Pyrex that’s undeniably safe to use
• Real Eskimo Pies
• Mounds Bars that are big enough to matter
• Decent sheets that don’t fall apart within three months and don’t break the bank
• A washing machine that works and doesn’t make braids with your clothes
• Pump jockeys (except in states where self-serve gasoline is outlawed)
• Ice picks
• Functional showerheads
• Wind-up alarm clocks
• Wind Song
• Mentholatum (you can still order it on Amazon, but it, like Vaseline, is now made in China and so not something you’d want to put around your chapped lips and nose)
• Public civility
LOL! What Stuff do you find you can’t get anymore?