Did you know that poor housekeeping and an untended yard may mean that you and your loved ones may not survive a nuclear attack?
It's true, mes amis, they tested it and then they made this video to spread the word.
If my grandmother were alive and watching with me I'm sure that she would feel vindicated - "No one is ever too poor to pick up his yard!" No fan of slum-dwellers was she.
Looking at the Flophouse, I'm sure she'd be very disappointed in me. It's not dirty but it's not exactly one of those brightly painted houses with a perfect picket fence, a golf course quality lawn and order within. And did I mention the little mouse we caught the other day under the DVD player? The younger Frenchling trapped it in a Tupperware container and released it in the garden.
And now I learn that my (and perhaps your) slovenly ways are a direct threat to the survival of my little Franco-American family.
There is only one appropriate response to this news as far as I'm concerned: Surrender.
This means a direct march to the living room where I will grab a book from one of the many piles on the coffee table (thus scattering papers everywhere), pile up the pillows from the floor onto the couch (where I will read in blissful comfort on my covered-with-cat-hair couch) and share a chocolate ice cream cone (crumbs falling on the carpet to feed the mouse if he decides to come back) with my younger Frenchling until the heat of the afternoon passes. Time enough tomorrow to get out the vacuum cleaner and swamp out the house if I feel like it because as Ed Ricketts once said:
"We must remember three things:
Number one and first in importance, we must have as much fun as we can with what we have.
Number two, we must eat as well as we can, because if we don't we won't have the health and strength to have as much fun as we might.
And number three and third in importance, we must keep the house reasonably in order, wash the dishes and such things. But we will not let the last interfere with the other two."
Ed Ricketts quoted by John Steinbeck in The Log from the Sea of Cortez