What's The Catch?

Over the past few weeks, I've been working on several different projects and coincidentally, each have required me to answer the question:  Do Jeanne and I have any personality differences and if so, how do we plan to handle those when working together? Differences?  Bwahahahahahahahahaha!  Yes.

Let's start by saying that we are more similar than not.  We both have creative personalities and like to work crossword puzzles.  We both binge watch House Hunters on HGTV and listen to a lot of dark Indie tunes on Spotify.  We both like Starbucks and peanut butter chocolate ice cream.  We both like quirky humor and will consider you in our Inner Circle if you can make us laugh (once I was driving and talking to Jeanne on the phone...I told her something funny that had happened to me and she laughed so hard that I actually had to pull over because listening to her reaction made me laugh until I cried).

But different? Yes, of course.  She is a morning person and I'm a night owl.  She likes to draw and paint and sew and I lack any sort of patience for those things.  She hates to travel and I have perpetual wanderlust.  She's the introvert of this show and I am the extrovert.

Usually after I'm asked about our differences, I'm asked if I think we will ever fight.

Oh goodness.

Those who ask don't know us terribly well.  We can THROW DOWN with each other but it always blows over quickly.  We both have pretty big personalities with a lot of opinions, so clashing is inevitable.  Sometimes differing opinions combined with being tired and feeling overwhelmed can lead to massive disagreements.  That said, they blow over as quickly as they come up.  I can't ever imagine staying mad at her because, well, she's one of my very favorite people in the world.

Surprisingly enough, we tend to argue about how to do mundane stuff.  For example, when I'm cleaning up my family's dinner dishes, I rinse the dishes and put them in the dishwasher.  I put absolutely everything humanly possible in the dishwasher.  And if it doesn't fit, I'm completely not opposed to running a load, emptying it, and reloading it with more.  I pretty much avoid sinks full of soapy dishwater and SOS pads at all costs.  It makes Jeanne CRAZY.  (On the upside, if she is at my house, she will just wash it herself and making it that much easier on me and the dishwasher).

The Jeanne plan of dishwashing is to fill the sink with hot soapy water and then proceed to wash every single dish and utensil.  And then she will scrub pots, occasionally using a razor blade, a SOS pad, and/or all the will of man on anything particularly relentless.  And then she will dry everything she washed.  She has a dishwasher in her house and the only person to have ever used it is me.

This is a really long way of saying that unless we want PJP to become the set of The Jerry Springer Showadding a dishwasher is an imperative item.  Commercial dishwashers are interesting creatures...



You would think that you need a degree from ITT Technical Institute and a special certification from a trade school to operate it.  You would also think that adding one in the shop would require additional HVAC tonnage (I'm still holding a grudge) and some sort of special-use permit from the City that costs $2,785 dollars and requires a speech before city council.

But hold on to your seats...because the dishwasher may be the easiest thing we've done in the space.

Basically we signed a lease with Eco-Labs and for $90 a month, we get this fancy pants dishwashing system and Eco-Labs maintains it.  We buy the cleaning agents it needs through Sysco.  If it breaks, Eco-Labs comes and fixes it.

Basically, I plan to wash every single bowl, measuring cup, measuring spoon, and any other baking supply in that sucker.  That Jeanne can't even run a sink full of dishwater that soon turns cold and murky is awesome.   That I can continue not to obsessively pre-rinse?  Even better.

I'm trying to figure out what the catch is.  Or alternatively trying to figure out how I can get one installed in my house.  Because of all things, how can this be the easiest part so far?  We can't even buy a light fixture without sending the make and model number to 18 people, but massive dishwashing system?  Sure, come on in.

And I'm not complaining.  I am so not complaining...and neither is Jeanne.  We are actually agree ing on dishwashing - that is one more thing in common!  But I am going to scream if she asks Sysco if they carry any sort of commercial grade SOS pad...