How to get dishes clean with a dishwasher?

OK.  I give up!  Can someone let me in on the secret of how to get a dishwasher to actually clean the dishes?

I have a brand new Whirlpool dishwasher.  I would think that would be a good brand having been in the business since 1911.

I am using Cascade dish washing detergent.  I would think that would be a good brand having been around for untold years.

I am using Jet-Dry in the built-in dispenser in the door.

So what’s going on here?  Why do my dishes come out all crusty and gross?  Am I doing something wrong?  Do I really HAVE to wash the dishes before I put them in the washer?  That’s stupid.  Perhaps the dishwasher is one of the biggest scams ever perpetrated on the general public.  My clothes washer cleans my clothes.  Why doesn’t my dish washer wash my dishes?

Basically I have to wash my dishes by hand and put them in the washing machine to dry.  It’s pretty much a very expensive two-storey drying rack.

What is your experience?



Adventures in People Watching – Jack in the box

Today is Memorial day so I get to have a day off.  Woohoo!  Feeling hungry and not wanting any home-made food (yeech!) , I had a coupon for Jack in the Box.  I haven’t been there in years so I thought a new Chipotle Chicken Sandwich sounded good.  In retrospect I should have barbecued like a good american on a holiday like today.  Too late now.

After ordering my meal I walked to an empty table and observed a young couple kissing.  I thought, “Get a room!”   I sat down and observed them while waiting for my number to be called.  They were not particularly beautiful people.  Both kind of on the homely side but I would say a good match.  The the girl had her hands on the guys hands on top of the table.  She stared intently at him as he spoke.  It made me wonder, What does she want from him?

Girls don’t look at you unless they want something. I was intrigued as I watched them have their lips move in silent conversation.   Their lunch was ready so the guy picked it up and brought it back to the table.  They unwrapped their burgers and started to eat.   The guy held his burger out and the girl took a bite.  I thought, “Ewww!  Gross!”   As I was feeling ready to blow chunks I looked out through the window until my order was ready.

When they called my number, I picked up my tray and went back to my table and sat facing the other direction.  In another corner was another young couple.  The guy picked up their tray when the it was ready and sat down.  They both held hands and prayed.  I was again amazed.

It’s not something you see very often but when you do it makes you think.  Why are these hypocrites praying?  I guess the guy just wants to make sure he gets into her pants later.

Oh well, you can’t say my lunch was boring.  The Chipotle Chicken Sandwich was good.  Not very chipotle but still not bad.  I never expect food that is said to be spicy to actually be spicy.  That way I am never disappointed.
 is a scam

You see the commercial on TV all the time.  “See if someone is searching for you for free.” says

Don’t belive it!  Just for fun I went to the website and entered my name, age and zip code and it says 40 people are searching for me.  Now I KNOW for a fact that ZERO people are searching for me so this number is totally made up.

To get SLIGHTLY MORE information you have to supply your email address.  I used a fake address and it give you blurred out pictures and fake numbers and wants you to pay $15.00 for one month or a year for $7.00 a month.

I’m not falling for this.  Even if there are 40 people searching for someone my age with my name they are certainly NOT looking for me.  I wish I had come up with this scam myself.  I would probably be rich now feeding off the loneliness of the low IQ masses.  The Idea is excellent but the scam-based execution is useless.  If this was a serious website they would show you the people but require you join to get contact information.

So don’t fall for it.  Here’s another good reason not to waste your money on this website:  Facebook.  It’s free.  Send your $7.00 a month to  me instead.  I’ll use it much more wisely.

Trip Report – Blue Lagoon and Emerald Lake

The Blue Lagoon

I just returned from a weekend trip to get away from the city.  My scuba buddy and I drove to the Blue Lagoon in Huntsville just north of Houston.  It was a long drive but we took the scenic route through small towns and some national forest.  It was a beautiful drive.

We got there Saturday afternoon and did a few dives.  The water looks clear and blue from the top but is quite cloudy underneath.  We could not see any further than about 10-15 feet.  That’s pretty good for South Texas diving so we still had a good time.  Diving is diving!

Emerald Lake

Sunday morning we left our motel and headed south about 40 miles towards Houston to Emerald Lake Resort.  It’s a small nudist park with a nice emerald colored lake.  We kayaked around the lake and floated around on air mattresses until our buts were far too burned.  Even using SPF50 sunscreen I am quite red all over.  Three hours is more than enough time to spend in the sun.  It will be a while before I can sit down comfortably again but it was totally worth it.  We had a great time.

After leaving the park I set my GPS for home and most use of freeways which took us through Houston.  Let me tell you that I am NOT impressed with Houston.  We drove for an hour and a half before getting out of the Coruscant style metropolis.  I don’t like big cities and Houston is FAR too big.  Some people can drive through multiple STATES in an hour and a half.  This was just one city!  Hated it!

After the additional three-hour drive back to San Antonio it is nice to be home again.  I’m not big on long drives and this proves it but in the end it was worth the trip.  Sometimes you just have to get away and diving and naked swimming is a great way to relax.  As a bonus tomorrow is Memorial day!  Yay!  Another day off.  I could get used to this.

The World Has Lost Its Spontaneity

I think I’ve figured out one of the reasons the world is so much more lame than it used to be.  In this world of high technology we’ve totally lost our spontaneity.

I remember back when I was a kid, we would just wander barefoot over to our friend’s houses and ask if they could come out and play.  Nowdays kids have to wear shoes and make an appointment for a playdate.  How sad.  As these appointment-kids grow up they all think they are doctors and cannot be seen unless it is scheduled in advance.

Everyone is out running around doing things that aren’t important and calling it “being too busy”.  You can’t walk over to a friend’s house anymore because they won’t be home.  People have totally lost touch with what matters in life.  Stop wasting your valuable time on stupid things and get back to what really makes life worth living;  Spending time with other people.  Everything else can wait.  Slow the hell down!



The Final Episode of House

I wouldn’t say I’m a HUGE House fan but I did watch it often.  I liked the fact that he was lonely and bitter.  I know a lot about that.

As I watched the series finale I thought about my life.   He was lying in a burning warehouse struggling with himself about whether or not he should just lay there and die.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to just end the suffering?   During his funeral I found that I did not have a tear in my eye.  Usually at this point I would be all teared up.  The final episode of MASH had me crying like a baby.  I did not cry for House because I was jealous that he was dead.

SPOILER:  Of course it turns out he faked his death in the warehouse and was now free of the life he was stuck in.  In reality, that is better than death.  A fresh start to live life the way it was meant to be lived is possibly the best thing in the world.  Faking your death should not be illegal.  You shouldn’t have to die in order to live.

I guess you don’t have to fake your death to start over.  You can just snap and let it all go.  I am on the verge of snapping.   I told my mom a few weeks ago that I was way past the end of my rope.  I’m hanging on by a single strand and it is about to let go.  I don’t think she took me seriously.  Nobody ever does.  At least I might have planted a seed that might grow later.

Like Martin Luther King, I have a dream that one day I will be free.

Why I’m buying Facebook Stock

Facebook’s IPO was less stellar than expected on Friday.  It opened at $38 jumped to $42 then back down to $38.

I believe the Facebook stock has potential because it has been the premier social networking site for many years now and is so ingrained in society that even Google Plus can’t dethrone it.

I have a buy order for $2000 worth for Monday morning.  I’m in this for the long-term.  Possibly a year or two.  I think Facebook can rule the internet for at least long enough for its stock value to at least double if not triple.

I bought apple stock back in the days when it was around $29.  If I had held on to $2000 worth of stock at that price I would now have $37,241.   What a schmuck I was for selling it so long ago.  I think Facebook can at least double my investment.  It only has to go to $76 to do it.

Let the ride begin!