Hello folks. It’s a cold, drizzly Sunday here in Germany. Bill and I talked more about the Duggar situation over breakfast. There’s a lot more I could write about it… and maybe I will later. However, it does occur to me that some people are tired of reading and hearing about the Duggars, and frankly, I am a little tired of writing about them, too. So here’s a quirky repost from January 2019. I wrote it just before I felt forced to shut down my old blog.
Something interesting happened the other day. I was sitting on our yucky futon and noticed that it has kind of a nasty smell. I also noticed that it was so uncomfortable that it made my butt go numb. Looking at the futon, I realized that it’s served its purpose and needs to be re-homed or trashed. That gave me the idea to search for a new couch.
We bought the futon in August 2014, when we first moved back to Germany. I didn’t actually want a futon, but we were moving into our old house and had no furniture for several days. I didn’t want to sleep on air mattresses because I usually end up with Charley horses. Also, the box we sent our air mattresses in was delayed by the post office and we didn’t want to buy new ones. The futon was just big enough for Bill and me to sleep semi comfortably. Add the two dogs, who insisted on joining us, and it was definitely not so good. But then our regular furniture came and we were able to use the futon in our old TV/office as more of a “couch” for TV watching. It wasn’t perfect, but it served a function.
I figured we’d be moving back to the States after Stuttgart and decided I’d throw it out when the time came to move. But then we moved to Wiesbaden. We brought the futon with us, and now I want to trash it again. One of the spokes broke when I sat down on it too hard. The dogs regularly sleep on it and one puked all over the mattress. It was impossible to get it very clean, so now the mattress and pillows faintly smell kind of like ass… or maybe the musty, ripe cheese smell that comes from an infection. It definitely doesn’t make me want to use the TV room.
I went on Amazon.de to look for “couches”. I entered the search term into the box. Amazon.de usually translates English terms into German. Sure enough, I got most of the expected results. I started seeing the sofas I hoped to see. And then I noticed something very different.
About two-thirds of the way down the second page, there was a very realistic picture of a dildo. It appeared to be a French product and had veins, wrinkly “skin”, and everything. The seller promised free delivery and, at less than 27 euros, it was a bargain.
I was rather surprised by that result. I mentioned it to a German friend. She happened to have studied French and explained that in French, the word “les couches” refers to layers. Since I used the term “couch”, I guess Amazon.de figured I was looking for layers. And this sex toy has double layers of silicone, which I guess doubles your pleasure.
I never studied French, so this was news to me. To tell you the truth, as dirty as my mind can be, I don’t actually like looking at those kinds of… uh… playthings. Especially when they’re very realistic looking. The one pictured did NOT look like a toy. It was kind of moist looking and someone’s hands were wrapped around it. I guess I can now see why some people ban Amazon from computers where small children might be lurking.
I was reminded of another incident from years ago. I was stalking a messageboard for fundamentalist women who wanted to buy “modest clothing”. One of the women who posted referred users to this Web site. She also warned people to be careful when searching for “culottes”, since that might bring pornographic results. Another referred readers to this site (I removed the link in 2021, because the site is now defunct), where you can order handmade culottes that set the “right” Biblical example.
It’s funny that Americans think of culottes as a very modest piece of clothing, but in France, culottes are underwear. Consequently, if you search for culottes, it’s possible that you will find underwear when you really want an ugly pair of short pants that look like a skirt. Come to think of it, I used to have to wear culottes as part of my uniform when I worked at Busch Gardens Europe. I hated them, because they were ugly and gave me wedgies, plus they had a button and zip in the back, which made going to the bathroom more of a challenge.
One time, I actually made a pair of culottes. I wasn’t even forced to make them, either. I thought they looked “cool”. I was in eighth grade, taking home economics, and we had to use a pattern to make clothes. For some reason, I liked the illustrated culottes that appeared on the Simplicity pattern. I thought they were fashionable. Dopey me, what did I know? They didn’t even use a real photograph of a model on that pattern.
I selected really ugly teal fabric. It was cheap, thin, and tacky. I remember buying it at AAFES, back in the days when they sold fabric. It was awful stuff because it wrinkled super easily. I made the culottes, but they looked terrible, with sloppy, irregular seams and constant rumples. I got a “C” on my project; although, believe it or not, I did wear the ugly culottes around the house for awhile. I was thirteen, and didn’t have any sense.
The following year, I made a tank style jumpsuit with pastel polka dotted fabric. That time, I chose better fabric that didn’t wrinkle and I did a better job making the garment. I actually wore it to school a few times. It got an “A”, although now I kind of cringe at the idea of wearing it. What the hell… I was fourteen. I hate sewing, though, and that was the last time I made any clothes.
I’m actually pretty crappy at anything involving clothes or fashion. When I was in college, I was a member of a music fraternity and I really struggled at making my Greek letters with puff paint. I’m too much of a slob to do it properly. My mom and my maternal grandmother were great at needle crafts, sewing, fashion, and anything involving looking like a lady. I didn’t inherit those genes.
Anyway… I am hoping soon we can replace the futon and get a nice couch so we can enjoy our TV room and I won’t be tempted to lie in bed to watch all of those iTunes TV shows that are preventing me from updating my Apple apps. But no, at this point, I don’t need any sex toys that I found while searching for couches. Why is it that French words often end up translating to sexy stuff, anyway?
First world problems are such bitches.
Almost three years after I wrote this post, I still don’t have a couch for our TV room. I still want to get one. I just need to find one we can get up the stairs by ourselves and will fit through the door. I just searched Amazon.de and got many results for couches… and none for dildos. I guess they finally fixed their algorithms for English speakers.