25
Mar
09

Dear Stop,

I’m married to T-Shirt King. Over the years he has accumulated hundreds of tees from all over the country. Now that we have a baby due at the end of the summer, I really need to empty drawers, consolidate and make room for the new baby. A lot of the shirts are funny and one of a kind as well as sentimental, but we just can’t afford the space they take up – at last count there were enough to fill a five drawer dresser. What do I do?

Thanks,
Barb

Dear Barb,

I know exactly what you’re going through. Here’s what you do: Ask your King of all T-shirts to pick out the tees he absolutely, positively can’t live without and put them to the side. From that pile, you pick out the ones you like and wouldn’t mind being seen with him if he were wearing them…those go back in the drawer. Now go back to the what’s left and log on to StitchT.

Imagine turning your favorite old tees and certain other kinds of shirts into quilts, duvet covers, pillow cases, and wall hangings – what a concept! Each piece is one of a kind and can be custom designed to your color, pattern and other specifications. Here’s a quick video:

How about drifting off to sleep under a quilt constructed from your favorite concert tees? Or maybe your little one would love a pillowcase created with their favorite character T-Shirts that they’ve outgrown? What should you do with all those autographed “end of the school year” shirts in your teen’s closet? StitchT will turn them into a unique keepsake that will last a lifetime.

With hope your husband won’t notice his all time favorite “I’m with Stupid” shirt has mysteriously disappeared.

All the best,
STM

04
Mar
09

Know where to, ummm, go

Dear Stop,

It always happens, I’m in the city with my family or I’m out with friends and someone has to go to the bathroom. Usually it’s late, or we’re in a new place and don’t know where to look. Is there anything out there for those reluctant few that refuse to “go” before they go?

Thanks,
Holding it

Dear Holding,

Put the pee-pee dance on hold and log on to Sit or Squat You’ll find a bathroom practically everywhere you search and they’ll even let you know how clean it is or isn’t. Have fun, add a toilet, edit a toilet, win toilet prizes – just don’t forget to wash your hands when you’re done!

All the best,
STM

20
Feb
09

Because I said so, that’s why!

Dear Stop the Mishigoss,

My sixteen year old is driving me crazy. What is it about teenagers? They think they know everything, they won’t listen when you talk to them and they can’t seem to remember what they have to do from one minute to the next. Any advice?

I am,

Going nuts,

Dear mom,

Instead of tearing your hair out, play this repeatedly, at high volume, any time he or she looks at you funny. It won’t make them listen any better or remember to bring home that paper you have to sign, but it will make them run from the room in horror when you threaten to play it when their friends call or come over.

All the best,
STM

28
Jan
09

Never forget again

Dear STM,

I did it again, I forgot our anniversary and my girlfriend is freakin furious. She says I’m an insensitive ass, but it’s just that I have trouble remembering dates and writing them down hasn’t helped. Now what am I supposed to do? Should I get on my knees and start begging?

Screwed

Dear Screwed,

Get off your knees and log on to Save My Ass. They even have a Panic Button feature for situations that require immediate attention (as in you screwed up big time and need flowers fast).

Also, singing like the late David Ruffin goes a long, long way:

All the best,
STM

25
Jan
09

rain, rain – go away

Dear STM,

Where I’m from, the weather forecasters never seem to be able to get things right. I got drenched on the way to work after listening to a “warm and dry” forecast. Is there anything more reliable that I can access quickly?

Thanks,
Soaking wet

Dear Soaking,

I could tell you how easy it is to stash an umbrella in your car or bag for unexpected weather events, but that’s what your mother is for. If you need to know RIGHT NOW if it’ll rain, check out Umbrella Today? for a resounding YES or NO. It doesn’t get much simpler than that.

All the best,
STM

24
Jan
09

Pissed off or Pissed on?

Dear Stop,

I’m betting my buddy that you’ll think it’s better to be pissed off than pissed on…am I right?

Thanks,
Just wondering

Dear Just,

Hell no!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s better to be pissed in, if you’re a battery, that is:

urinepoweredbattaries-thumb3

In all seriousness, this IS serious! The batteries come in AA and AAA and can retain their charge for up to ten years. NoPoPo batteries (short for non pollution power) can be charged with other liquids – beer, tea, saliva, apple juice – if urine isn’t available (or just too gross!). It’s based on the premise that whatever liquid you use reacts with magnesium and carbon to produce the charge to recharge the cell. One urine powered AA battery can run a flashlight for about 500 mAh (milliamp hours), that’s about 20 real hours. Traditional batteries are good for 1700 to 3000 mAh.

I haven’t seen it in stores yet, but you can order it here.

I feel a song coming on…

For you Country Music fans…

All the best,
STM

15
Dec
08

For the guy who has everything

Dear Stop the Mishigoss,

My brother, who lives out of state, is the type who goes out and gets what he wants, when he wants it, and that makes gift giving very difficult. Are there any new gift certificate ideas that you know of that aren’t the same old crap?

Stuck, again!

Dear Stuck,

Go buy him a drink or two – go to Give Real and check out how you can send drinks practically anywhere credit cards are accepted! You can even include a personal greeting. Of course, if this is YOUR brother, send a fruitcake – he won’t know the difference!

Happy Holidays!

All the best,
STM