Down the Rabbit Hole

Digging up family history is not all that different from unclogging a pipe – you never know what is going to come up. Usually it is something boring and expected, but every now and then you will come across something that makes you scratch your head and sit silently in bewilderment for a minute or two. Then, once the shock wears off, you make the wise decision to avoid asking any questions and pretend it never happened.

Indeed, my study of the Jenkins family history has not always yielded information that I would be eager to share with my son. In some cases, I can only hope that certain sections of my family tree were somehow corrupted, and that I do not possess a great deal of genetic similarity to them. I do not doubt this is the case for most families, though. There’s always a few bad apples that should’ve fallen farther from the tree. That being said, the majority of relatives I’ve discovered seem to be normal but pleasant people. I have yet to discover an ancestral link with a celebrity or other noteworthy individual, which is a shame.

I am slowly putting together my family history with help from my father and a few extended relatives he has put me in touch with. I have also tried out several services which provide help putting together a detailed family tree for those who are interested. There is still much research to be done before I have anything that resembles more than a family twig.

In the meantime since we touched upon the topic of clogs, here are a few helpful hints for avoiding a disastrous clog of your own:

  • Just because it flushes, doesn’t mean it should go there. The only things that should be flushed down the toilet are human waste and toilet paper. There are very few exceptions. Even baby wipes or other products labeled as “flushable” do not break down as quickly or efficiently as they should, potentially contributing to a destructive clog. Often, clogs do not happen immediately. They are usually caused by buildup over time.
  • Hair is the enemy. Hair is one of the leading culprits in bathtub or shower drain clogs. Many homeowners choose to turn a blind eye to a few loose strands going down the drain. Little do they know, hairs can become entangled with small clogs very easily to become bigger clogs that will eventually completely obstruct drainage. Remove all hairs from the tub or shower after you are done washing up and dispose of them properly in the trash. A small strainer can be inserted in the drain to help keep hair out.
  • Clean your drains regularly. No matter the amount of caution exercised, it is inevitable that residues and debris will slip into the drain over time. You can help keep your drains in optimal condition by inspecting them frequently and cleaning any buildups.