Today it was raining, and I discovered that wet umbrella technology has just taken a great leap forward with the invention of the umbrella dryer. Throw-away plastic sleeves solved the nagging problem of bumbershoots dripping all over the floors of restaurants, department stores and offices, but the amount of trash/recycling created every time it rained was rather overwhelming.
This umbrella wiper has an absorbent foam insert shaped to accommodate the wings of a closed umbrella. Stick it in, pull it out, and it’s dry enough that it won’t leave a trail of lawsuit-inviting slipperiness behind.
Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, published by Penguin/Intermix.