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October 21, 2009

Got a SIGG Bottle? Trade It In Before October 31st!


(Photo) On the left, my new OtterBottle.  On the right, my disgraced SIGG.

If you've got a SIGG water bottle you may have noticed the recent fracas about BPA leaching from the bottle's liner.  BPA stands for Bisphenol A.  In some U.S. studies it's been linked with early-onset puberty, prostate and breast cancers, as well as infertility in animals.  Ick.

I have a SIGG bottle with the old liner, so I'm taking advantage of their mostly free (you pay to ship your existing bottle back to SIGG) exchange program.  SIGG's new bottles have polyester liners.  Nothing wrong with polyester.  So far anyway.

Until I can taste-drive my new SIGG bottle, I've switched to a different product that I LOVE.  I'm using a liner-free stainless steel bottle. The water tastes sweet and delicious, even after a day or two in the stainless steel chamber.  Disclosure: A few months ago (before the SIGG crisis) OtterBottle's publicist sent me a complimentary sample of the .75-litre OtterBottle. That's how I found out about them.

My OtterBottle was invented and manufactured by a Canadian woman, Shannon Andrukow, an activist and environmentalist who couldn't find a decent BPA-free bottle a few years ago. 

So she created her own company OtterBottle Inc. to introduce a portable water container that was pure, healthy and cool.  (The name was inspired by the otter, a bright, elegant little water animal.) 

I now carry my Otterbottle on all of my car trips, plane trips, trips to the barn and any time I'm building stuff in my workshop.  Because the water tastes so sweet and not plastic-y, it encourages me to drink more water.  (Normally I avoid water.)

Also, the OtterBottle's compact size and shape is a great fit for me.  The SIGG bottle is a bit big for my purse and the circumference is slightly larger than comfortable for smaller hands.

Just saying; If you want to carry fresh water with you, why not do it safely, stylishly and Canadian-ly? 



Nothing wrong with polyester. My God girl, don't you remember the 70s?


Remember the 70s? I've still got my plaid polyester jumpsuit, man.


Those polyester jumpsuits are against code. Fire code, dress code, etc.


While they'll set off any taste alarm in better restaurants, polyester jumpsuits have kicked it up a notch in recent years. If you don't believe me, visit http://www.myjumpsuit.com - Oh baby!


It's getting cold. You might want something like this.



That is the most hilarious tilt shot I've ever seen, Michael. And by tilt I mean terry-covered manhood. Wow. I liked this so much I alerted all of my followers on Twitter. Now they're sharing the pain.


I guess I'm better with British euphemisms for manhood than Canadian. Better hit the used book store for a Canadian English to American English dictionary.

Always glad to titillate a woman.


Since you like a good polyester story. A few years back I was taking a welding class during winter time. I had on long underwear but my top coat was heavy cotton jeans and leather wear. The typical biker / welder look with ripped knee.

So I'm in class welding away when the person next to me starts waving. I stop and take off the safety gear and he says "your on fire". Not being gay I politely declined. He says "No, your knee is on fire." And sure enough, there I am just burning up just like a perimenopausal woman.

Well, I survived my hot flash, so the best of luck to you.


Great story. Especially the welding part. (I just got my first welder. It's a baby Hobart.) You obviously have a high coolness ratio if you were actually taking a welding class. So far, so good.

However I wouldn't be caught dead in a polyester union suit. I had a polypropylene union suit once and it pilled, shrank, stank and melted in an incendiary incident. So now all my union suits are cotton. Just a helpful tip from me to you.


I'm taking statics/strength and materials and site drafting for kicks now. I wanted to remove the posts from my garage and wire it as a 3 phase electrical wood shop plus do some terracing in the back yard. I figured if you want it done right, do it yourself. Also, if you have one of those neighbors that complain about you being on their property, you get your deed and the transom and level out and they quiet up right quick. I'd send you a picture, but by Red Green's rules, I wouldn't want to shock you with what must be my horrible disfigurement.

What kind of union are you in that require jumpsuits? In your books you wear a variety of dress or in some case no dress (the tub), but in the videos of you I've seen, you're in a blue jumpsuit.

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