China has us all over a barrel and they are out for our destruction. Oh, it won't be by anything so obvious as pulling the credit rug out from under us or shooting down our communications satellites or even by poisoning our dog food. Those moves are bold and they would risk retaliation. No, they'll be going about it a different way - by undermining the very fabric of our daily lives. In fact, it's already begun.
I'm talking specifically about nylon mesh bath puffs. Yes. I am of the habit of purchasing these from the dollar store, usually 4 or 6 to a plastic sleeve. Even though I employ a traditional wash cloth and have recently added a back brush to my routine, I still enjoy a lathery once-over before the final rinse. You can't beat these things for creating a good thick lather out of bar soap, shower gel or even -in a pinch - shampoo. Works in hard water, too!
I use them at home, I travel with them and leave the damp ones behind to be thrown out, I keep some in my suitcase and just take pleasure in the fact that wherever I am and whatever I'm doing, I will soon enough be able to depend on working up a good lather.
I notice however, that the Chinese have chosen to undermine my peace of mind by changing their production techniques. My last two batches have been very poorly made. Only one or two uses, and the little hanging string comes undone and just like that you find your self holding a 5 foot long tube of nylon netting. If this hasn't happened to you yet, let me tell you that balling up the netting in your hand and trying to carry on DOES NOT WORK. This disappointment, delivered while I stand naked and alone, is having a very bad effect on my psyche.
This is how it starts. First the bath puffs and then who knows what other thing we've come to depend on will let us down? Before you know it, the tanks will be able to roll right down the streets of New Jersey unopposed.