Hot water bottle culture shock

Some Aussie friends of ours were perplexed to learn recently that hot water bottles are not really a common household item here in the Mission. Some Missionites hadn’t heard of them at all, and they’re not exactly readily available at the corner drugstore like they would be back in Brisbane (the best our local Walgreens could do was a douche bag).

So, where do you go? Bed, Bath and Beyond, surely, but they’re a giant corporation. Some cute shop on Valencia, maybe? We should all have hot water bottles now that it’s THE DEAD OF WINTER.

If all else fails, just make a douche sweater for your douche bag like Laura here did:

Thanks for the story and the photos, David!

12 Responses to “Hot water bottle culture shock”

  1. jsk says:

    Sup G.

    in my house we use bags of rice.


    put ‘em in the m-wave
    (in my house we call it a m-wave.

    heat it for two thousand hours and burn ur hands right off.


  2. MrEricSir says:

    They sell teddy bears at Rainbow that have a compartment with a hidden water bottle. Still, that’s not as cute as a douche sweater.

  3. ALWAYS HIGH says:


  4. batman says:

    if u grew up ghetto like me, you would hold it up to light bulb.. with your hands behind it .. and awesome alien baby silhouette.. then again i grew up with alfred.

  5. miam miam says:

    hey, this pic is in my living room!

  6. kylem says:

    Because Walgreens is not a mega-corporation.

  7. En-Chu Lao says:

    The layer of dirt on the windowsill gives the place that air of squalor. ¡Cochina!

  8. Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

    Reminds me of the World According to Garp.

  9. scum says:

    I see lots of douche sweaters in the Mission.

  10. natasha says:

    amazon dot commm

  11. Tiny Tim says:

    …some Missionites have not heard of them?
    Oh of course, they went out with the Model T (if any of you have HEARD of that)