Loretta LaRoche: Sometimes it’s better to leave well enough alone
We've all heard the expression "leave well enough alone." Unfortunately, the 21st-century lifestyle does not seem to include this concept.
I certainly am of the opinion that we should try to improve things so that they are more productive and efficient.
However, over the years, some things that were just fine were replaced by what was thought to be better and would certainly make some people very rich.
Take water, for instance.
We used to drink it out of the tap, then "they" (whoever they are) decided tap water was probably contaminated and started bottling it. Eventually millions of people bought trillions of bottles of water that they kept with them 24/7 in case of a drought.
Now the latest, greatest is that the bottled water is worse than the tap, and the plastic bottles have BTA in them, which is a carcinogenic.
There is also the problem of getting rid of these bottles, which pose a threat to our environment.
Years ago, everyone went to the store with cloth or net bags and put their groceries in them. But "they" decided paper or plastic was much better.
Now eco-friendly enthusiasts are recommending we go back to cloth bags, and some supermarkets are banning plastic.
Paper towels replaced dishrags to wipe up spills. Well, rags are coming back -- especially since sponges have been accused of harboring enough disease to kill an entire nation and paper towels are ridding us of our tree population.
What do you think will come back next?
Not common sense, that you can bet on.
My guess is washboards. Get rid of washing machines. We'll use less water, and it could even tone your upper arms.
Author, humorist, PBS star and Fortune 500 trainer Loretta LaRoche lives in Plymouth, Mass. To share your pet peeves, questions or comments, write to The Humor Potential, 50 Court St., Plymouth, MA 02360, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, visit the Web site at www.stressed.com, or call 800-99-TADAH (82324).