Washing dishes and the “Meaning of Life.”

Home Inspector with Charles Buell Inspections Inc.

     I have heard stories of inspectors that have gotten themselves into hot-water because they turned the oven or dishwasher on, only to find out too late that the appliance was being used as a pantry or a bread box.  While this has never happened to me---I can see how it could.  I personally don't have a dishwasher because I can't really imagine giving up the three really nice drawers that occupy the space where the dishwasher is supposed to go.  Besides that, it always seemed like there was a kid or two around that needed a job.

     When I was a general contractor, I found that doing the dishes was one of the few really relaxing (almost mindless) things I could find to do after a long hard day of "pounding nails" or corralling sub-contractors----sort of  like the "Zen-of-Doing-Dishes." 

     Sometimes the ways to un-wind in our lives can be built right into the process of life itself if we don't work too hard at buying into the Media's ideas of relaxation.  Does it really make any sense that one's sanity is dependent on whether we can afford the next Yoga class or Gym membership? 

     On a recent inspection I was reminded of why I always check inside the dishwasher before I turn it on.  I was so happy to see that someone else had also discovered----The Meaning of Life. 

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Charles Buell 

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Chip Jefferson
Advanced Building LLC - Lexington, SC

I think I will stick with the dishwasher for zen. I find my zen sitting on my back deck looking at the sunset over Lake Murray.

May 22, 2008 11:20 PM
Pam Joffe
Solaris Realty - Tampa, FL

Good morning Charles, I think I am with Chip, I will find my zen relaxing on the back porch or reading a good book.

May 22, 2008 11:30 PM
Lisa Friedman
Alliance Realtors - Bedminster, NJ
Central New Jersey Real Estate

Charles - great pick.  I never use the dishwasher.  When ours broke, I never even replaced it for eight months, but my husband finally made me give in.  So I wash and when he cleans up, he uses the dishwasher.

May 22, 2008 11:33 PM
Gregory Lohr
West Columbia, SC

Hi Charles,

I think I am going to consider moving in next door to you.  As a teenager, I washed dishes every night for 7 people.  It became a chore that I came to dislike very much.  And our dishwasher just passed away.  Time for a new dishwasher.  If you every pass through Columbia, SC and need a bit of ZEN, stop on by.  To paraphrase Barbara Mandrell (loosely) can wash dishes in my house anytime!

As for me, Chip is just a hop, skip and jump from me and Lake Murray is beautiful.  I like his kind of ZEN.  His deck sounds like a great place!


May 22, 2008 11:40 PM
Rob Muller
ReMax Town & Country - Canton, GA
Cherokee County Real Estate

We wouldn't make it without the dishwasher- well my wife- I don't do dishes. I never even thought of people using their dishwasher for storage- I know lots of people with  second oven that use it as a bread box- but that was a first with the dishwasher. My zen does not include housework.

May 22, 2008 11:41 PM
Shaun Wren

I am going to use the dish washer Unless it is just a few. I built a pntry in my garage.

May 23, 2008 12:16 AM
Kevin Corsa
H.I.S. Home Inspections (Summit, Stark Counties) - Canton, OH
H.I.S. Home Inspections, Stark & Summit County, OH Home Inspector

I luvs my dishwasher.....just throw 'em in... and magically, they come out all clean. Good place to throw the dishes in to when unexpected company comes over... lol

May 23, 2008 12:21 AM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

I'm so sorry to hear that Steven was right.  You have become delusional.  No dishwasher and likes to wash dishes....sad....sad...sad.

May 23, 2008 12:43 AM
David Holden
DRH Home Inspection Akron, Ohio Summit County Home Inspector - Akron, OH
DRH Home Inspection Akron, Ohio Summit

Well Charles,  There is help for this "Zen Affliction" that you have.

May 23, 2008 01:12 AM
Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector


I feel so bad about any part I played in Charlie's descent into madness. I told my wife this morning that while Charlie is only "partways" at Active Rain this week, people are poking fun at him and it makes me very sad. Then I realized that I am probably the ring leader in making fun of him. I am so ashamed.

May 23, 2008 02:18 AM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Well, Steve, you really do need to feel bad.  But I'll bet your wife agreed that a person who likes to wash dishes is delusional. 

May 23, 2008 02:57 AM
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Since I seem to have been "universally" branded as delusional for my "Zen of Dish-washing" blog, I thought that since I have been "away" more than physically from playing in the rain, that I would do a blanket reply to all of you that were kind enough to feel sorry for me in my delusional state:)  So----thanks----now I have to go do some dishes:)

May 28, 2008 06:55 AM
Klee B. Patel

Hey Dad,  I have found myself with the dish washing affliction as well so I don't think that your delusional (at least not about the dish washing part anyway!).  So that's where I got that from... Does that mean I can blame you for all the strange looks I get cause I like washing dishes?

Aug 18, 2008 09:40 AM
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Klee, perhaps we are both delusional:)----actually, I am pretty sure it is the rest of the world that is delusional:)

Aug 18, 2008 11:51 AM