Shower Thoughts—Captured!

June 21, 2020 | Filed Under One Nice Thing, Things I Think About | No Comments

It’s a bit of a popular joke that we humans have our best ideas in the shower, where it’s impossible to write them down. There are multiple blogs that are based on sharing thoughts from the shower (varying from mildly amusing to quite insightful). And it has a basis in reality—when we’re in the shower, we’re not distracted, and perhaps even relaxed, and our minds then wander in strange and wonderful directions.

This happens to me every day. Not necessarily profound thoughts or brilliant ideas, but more “remember to email Frank about increasing our earthquake coverage” or “do we have apple sauce?”. And, try as I might, I was never able to remember most of what I thought about in the shower, whether inspired genius or inherently mundane.

Enter—my new friend, the scuba slate!

A small white plastic slate, suspended from a black fabric tab held by a silver carabiner. A yellow pencil is attached to the slate by means of a yellow cord. The slate has three notes written on it as example text.

[Image: A small white plastic slate, suspended from a black fabric tab held by a silver carabiner. A yellow pencil is attached to the slate by means of a yellow cord. The slate has three notes written on it as example text.]

It’s intended for use by scuba divers to write messages to each other under water, so, yes, it works in the shower! The carabiner is perfect for hanging it on an S-hook from the shower bar, so it’s always within reach, whether a few lines of a poem, or a few items for the shopping list, pop up while I’m getting clean.

Today’s example has notes to post a photo showing it as it’s used (rather than the uninspiring blank slate originally posted); check for crimp beads to finish my upcoming bead project; and do an inventory of paints so I can place an order with Blue Rooster Art Supply.

Since it is waterproof, you can use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser (or similar item, that’s what I found in my local hardware store) to erase it.

This particular board came from Divers Supply (my local dive shop is still closed due to the pandemic, or I would have checked there first), and is available in a variety of sizes. You can even buy a 12-page book of slate pages, if you have a lot of ideas while you’re in the water.

Happy water writing!

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