Kitchen Garters

One of life’s great annoyances is getting the cuff of your sweater sleeve wet while doing the dishes. I rank it well above stepping in water in stocking feet. In fact, I rank it above receiving a small flesh wound. I’m reminded of this annoyance because, as with many of you, I had to wash many pots and pans over the recent holidays.

Doing the dishes while wearing long sleeves goes something like this: pull up sleeves, run the water into the sink, pull up sleeves, put pans in sink, pull up sleeves, begin scrubbing the first pan, pull up right sleeve, rinse first pan, pull up right sleeve all the way to the arm pit, begin scrubbing second pan, pull up right sleeve again because now the elastic in the cuff is stretched beyond all proportion, rinse second pan, pull up both sleeves and notice that now the crook of your right elbow is wet because you’ve had your left hand in the water and can’t be bothered to dry it every time your right sleeve falls down. Repeat.

Given our technology shouldn’t someone have developed an app or something to keep this from happening? I’m not the creative type, but if you want to make a great deal of money, invent the kitchen garter; you know, some elastic contraption that would attach to your sleeve, then run around behind your back to your other shoulder.

And please don’t tell me to simply take off my sweater before starting on the dishes. I’m not about to surrender to a sink full of sudsy water before the battle has even begun.

About Austin Gisriel

You know the guy that records a baseball game from the West Coast in July and doesn't watch it until January just to see baseball in the winter? That's me. I'm a writer always in search of a good story, baseball or otherwise.
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10 Responses to Kitchen Garters

  1. Dick Snyder says:

    Austin, I always look forward to your thoughts. Only about 6 weeks till pitchers and catchers report to Forida! Can’t wait!

    Dick Snyder – Hagerstown


  2. Bonnie Lane says:

    I totally agree, Austin. Wet sleeves are AWFUL … HATE THEM!!!! This is a real problem in the wintertime in the kitchen when I am dressed to keep warm. Of course, while food prepping, I am also constantly going back and forth to wash my hands, or at least rinse them … and as you say, doing the dishes with long sleeves is a REAL pain, ESPECIALLY the pots and pans. However, much of the time I get Jerry to do those for me! 🙂


  3. Deb Pratt says:

    This story made me laugh out loud, Austin! It rings so very true!! Nicely done!


  4. Don Hoover says:

    I heard somewhere of an invention that may solve your problem….. the Dishwasher?


  5. George says:

    HAHAHAHAHA…good one, Austin! I needed the laugh this evening!


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