Storage:Matches not the same


I can’t imagine how many wooden matches I have used in my lifetime. Thousands for sure. I’m here to tell you that they are not all the same.

They used to contain sulphur until that became a ‘no-no’. Then for a while it was hard to get a match to burn. I used a ‘Seafarer’ brand and had nothing but trouble. Lately they are doing better, but something else is happening. When you go to strike it the heads sometimes pop off and go flying in dangerous directions. So I’m careful to get them right up to or in the stove when I strike them now. It’s like they put little bombs in them, but at least they light!

I’m using ‘Red Bird” and ‘Touch’ …with equal success.

Are you saying “So what?”. Hey – can you imagine life without fire? Fire, air, water are basic necessities. It awful cold outside. I want good matches in my storage cupboard.

I buy things for storage in quantity and often when it’s on sale. It is really sucky when I find out that I don’t like what I bought.

Next case in my gripes: Light bulbs that don’t last.

After that: Yeast that doesn’t rise.

Also: iPhone contracts that won’t go away even though there is no service.

It’s a good day for RANTING.

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9 Responses to “Storage:Matches not the same”

  1. Naomi says:

    The matches that you can only strike on the box drive me absolutely up the wall. Worst invention ever, I am sure. If you want to send your son camping with only some of the matches, you are out of luck. Certainly no scout ‘needs’ a whole box of matches, or at least he shouldn’t. I’ve almost sent the ‘strike only on the box’ type. That could have ended poorly….
    So, what could be worse than light bulbs that don’t last… how about the new, energy efficient, kill the environment with mercury type? Positively right up there with strike on box matches.
    Yeast that doesn’t rise… The odds are, if you’ve bought a large quantity of yeast, you don’t live anywhere near the store you bought it from. This is the story of my shopping life. How do you return it? Ugh.
    But, if there is one thing you can knock off that list is the phone. Call the CRTC 1-877-249-CRTC (2782)
    They are amazing. Just let them know that your service provider has been stinky about your contract.

  2. Anna-Marie White says:

    You have problems I have solutions: butane lighter / flint n steel. LED light bulbs last about 30,000 hours. Basically forever. And you can actually make your own yeast from scratch, which is sourdough. Anything else you would like me to solve? :D

    • sherry says:

      I wonder if I could grow my own yeast. I wonder how they dry it. The problem with sourdough is that it’s hard to know how much to put in some recipes without the guess work. I love sourdough. I’ve gott’n lazy and haven’t been doing that.
      I need flint and steel – why didn’t I think of that! I haven’t seen LED’s that fit into a regular light socket…or are they the flourescent/mercury ones?

      • Naomi says:

        I’ve made sourdough, as well, and love it. I try not to make it very often because I love it so much.
        I cheat most of the time, though and use at least some ‘real’ yeast to start my sourdough and I always add a little when I am making a loaf. I haven’t gotten it down to an art, yet, where I don’t need the ‘real’ stuff.

  3. Wendy says:

    Ranting is okay. These are legit gripes. Add something to the list: modern vehicles that have problems the good old mechanic can’t so easily fix now…


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