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That's a Wipe

So, I'm working on edits and I see where I had a character show up from a trip to a warehouse club with a massive shrink-wrapped block of toilet paper. (They end up having a big discussion about it in the story so it's kind of important.) I'm single and I don't usually buy things in bulk, so I'd randomly called the cube of TP "half a gross." That'd be 72 rolls, for those of you who don't think in grosses!

Anyway, turns out I just found a pretty sweet deal on toilet paper the last time I went shopping and grabbed a 16 roll pack. As I was trying to fit 15 rolls of it in my linen closet, I realized that if my character were walking around with half a gross of toilet paper, it would be as big as her.

Here's where the ridiculous research comes in. I decided to go to Amazon and try looking at really big honkin' packs of toilet paper to see how gigantic they are. Not that they feature people HOLDING them or anything. Which they probably should if I want a sense of scale. Anyway, I go....

And I get sucked into reading people's bitchy reviews where they have meltdowns about their toilet paper!

Anyway, so none of you worry about me:
1. I decided 36 rolls were feasible
2. I will stop reading toilet paper reviews now
3. The pack I got the other day was a real bargain!



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Jan. 3rd, 2014 05:00 pm (UTC)
I would buy a half a gross of toilet paper. I would find room for it somewhere. You can never have too much toilet paper. ;)
Jan. 3rd, 2014 05:01 pm (UTC)
It doesn't go bad...but I suppose it could get wet!
Jan. 3rd, 2014 05:08 pm (UTC)
It would have to be wrapped in plastic to protect it from water and pests. :)
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Jan. 3rd, 2014 05:14 pm (UTC)
lol that review for Kleenex is hilarious :)
Jan. 3rd, 2014 06:54 pm (UTC)
I can't find it, can you send me a link???
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Jan. 3rd, 2014 08:26 pm (UTC)
OMG, this is freakin hilarious! Thanks!
Jan. 3rd, 2014 08:54 pm (UTC)
This made my day!
Jan. 3rd, 2014 05:13 pm (UTC)
I buy my toilet paper in bulk at Costco. It's a 30-roll pack, and while it's pretty big, not so much that a short person like me couldn't walk around with it. I keep them in the bottom of my closet. There's room since the last spring cleaning.
Jan. 3rd, 2014 08:26 pm (UTC)
Ah! Thank you for the sense of scale!
Jan. 3rd, 2014 05:29 pm (UTC)
72 would be like those people who do that extreme couponing stuff and get crazy bargains.

SOunds like the kind of thing someone orders without thinking it through too much and then it shows up on a pallette. :D
Jan. 3rd, 2014 08:27 pm (UTC)
We have an extreme couponing show in the US that I occasionally indulge in. I was anti-coupon until I moved to town near a store that will double them on Wednesdays. I was really proud of myself when I used TWO coupons (one doubled) on a piece of cheese and got it for free.

Now the pallatte thing is a major plot bunny...I don't know how you live with them all.
Jan. 4th, 2014 02:37 am (UTC)
Probably if Vic ventured into online shopping he'd manage to mess up a quantity somewhere and end up with a ludicrous amount of something. :D
Jan. 3rd, 2014 07:34 pm (UTC)
Having a lot of toilet paper around is very comforting to me. I would seriously consider that 72 pack. Probably goes back to my poor college student days when I was reduced to, um, "borrowing" spare rolls of toilet paper from public restrooms.

That Kleenex review is awesome.
Jan. 3rd, 2014 08:31 pm (UTC)
How interesting, paper products evoke feelings in me, too. I feel really fancy when I see my name-brand Kleenex sitting in the living room, should I care to blow my nose, as opposed to a raggedy cut-rate roll of squashed toilet paper I would have used in my 20's or 30's.
Anne Tenino
Jan. 3rd, 2014 08:35 pm (UTC)
I love it when my research goes in these kinds of directions, so I followed the link to see what you'd been reading and discovered something astonishing: PEOPLE SUBSCRIBE TO TOILET PAPER. Did you see that? Like, it just shows up at their house on a schedule? What if you get backed up? I mean, you have an excess of toilet paper? Or you don't get enough to deal with that stomach bug?

This world is a bizarre place.
Jan. 3rd, 2014 09:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Research
LOL, I think it didn't surprise me because I listen to a podcaster who admitted to subscribing to paper towels. You know, I would have been over the moon with the ability to subscribe to large items back when I didn't own a car! Of course back the Amazon was just a long river.

I love it when research goes weird places too :-)
Jan. 3rd, 2014 08:55 pm (UTC)
This made me laugh! Also, I have to let you know that every time I see your Vic icon pop up, I have a little thrill. :)
Jan. 3rd, 2014 09:49 pm (UTC)
Aw! I love the look on his face in that one. Really direct.
Jan. 5th, 2014 03:11 am (UTC)
I was just thinking yesterday about models who show up on lots of book covers (and end up on a Misadventures in Stock Photography post on Stumbling over Chaos :D) and that I can't recall seeing the Vic model on other book covers - though have seen him pop up in random places like Buzzfeed. Do you have exclusive rights to him or something? Or are there not enough pics of him with his shirt off to grace many romance book covers? ;-)
Jan. 5th, 2014 04:04 pm (UTC)
Apparently few other cover designers find him as fabulous as I do!

I saw him on one other m/m cover but it was from really old shoot and he was wearing a lot of makeup, so it didn't really look like him.
Jan. 5th, 2014 04:05 pm (UTC)
And also many shots of him are no longer for sale...so I'm glad I bought them when I did.
Jan. 4th, 2014 12:16 pm (UTC)
It is my favourite of his scowls on all the covers.
Jan. 4th, 2014 03:57 pm (UTC)
Isn't it wonderful where research can take you?

And nearly everyone has to buy toilet paper (barring those with enough money to employ people to buy ordinary stuff for them). I buy nine roll packs on a two-fer deal and getting the eighteen rolls home can be difficult even though I park right outside when I buy them and only have a few feet of driveway to negotiate to the front door. The packs are plastic wrapped so slide if carried together and I can only fit one pack under my arm - I can carry both packs, one under each arm, but then have trouble opening the front door.

I did have to go and read the reviews though. Can you imagine those translated into book reviews? "You don't want to buy this because the pages are too small!"

Loved the Kleenex review!
Jan. 5th, 2014 08:10 am (UTC)
I don't pay any attention to reviews when I buy books (I don't want to be swayed by other people's opinions, I want to think what I think about a book. And if I think, WTF?, I usually then go look and see if other people thought that too.)

But when I buy stuff? I want to know what everyone else thought before I decide!
Jan. 4th, 2014 10:08 pm (UTC)
Jan. 5th, 2014 08:09 am (UTC)
Ha ha, perfect icon for this comment!
Jan. 5th, 2014 01:53 am (UTC)
Not all rolls are created equal
And of course, it makes a big difference to the actual volume of toilet paper as to whether you're talking the "old-fashioned" "single" rolls versus "double" rolls (and I think I may have seen "triple" rolls in a store at one time), although I can't really remember the last time I saw "single" rolls in a store.

I have to admit that even though I live alone I once bought 60 double rolls (apparently the equivalent of 120 so-called single rolls) in a single purchase, although it was in two packages of 30 double rolls each since it was a "buy one get one free" deal. There are just some deals that can't be resisted even if I thought I'd have to resort to storing one package in my garage. However, even though just one of the 30-roll packages filled up the lower shelf of my shopping cart completely, when stood vertically on their smallest ends the packages take up a remarkably small amount of floor space so I was able to get both packages in my linen closest after all. I have no idea how long it's going to take me to use it all up. :)

Jan. 5th, 2014 08:12 am (UTC)
Re: Not all rolls are created equal
I think the really cheap-o brands are the only ones still doing a single roll anymore.

When you do finally run out of toilet paper now, you're going to be baffled!
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