So when I saw it sitting pretty next to the George Foreman Grill and the Vitamix Turboblend at Costco, I had to have it.
“If I get it, I’ll floss every day and won’t get bleeding gums the next time I visit the dentist,” I thought to myself. “I hate to floss.”
I grabbed one and scanned the bar code with my Amazon PriceCheck app (as any good thrifty guy would do).
“It’s a fair deal.”
I set it down in the cart. While the price tag of $90 was a bit steep, I knew it would pay for itself in about 50 years by never having to buy dental floss again. I’d finally found the solution to my flossing woes.
Or so I thought.
When I got home I unwrapped the thing and tried it out right away. After wrestling with it a bit, I grabbed the waterpic, aimed it at my teeth and hit the button.
Water with the intensity of a sandblaster hit my teeth with full force.
After a few tries I learned that the best way to operate this high-pressure water hose was to keep my mouth closed when in operation.
“Maybe I should have read the directions.”
Soon my wife entered the bathroom to see what all the fuss was about.
“What are you up to?” she asked
I turned around, took the waterpic out of my mouth and promptly squirted her right between the eyes.
“Oh! I’m sorry!”
I had forgotten to release the button.
It took a week or so before I finally started to get comfortable with my new dental flosser. It wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. It kinda hurt while I was flossing. There was the filling and refilling of the water reservoir and then the clean-up of all the water on the counter.
The dental floss sitting in the drawer was starting to beckon me.
“Had enough?” it called out.
After a conversation with my dentist – who didn’t think the waterpic would do as good a job as the stringy stuff – I soon quit it.
Just a couple months after I thought the waterpic would change my life forever, it sits in the corner of the bathroom waiting to squirt the next unsuspecting victim.
(What’s been your latest purchasing regret?)