Today is home chores day. I needed some paint, oil-based, for house trim. So, I go to Home Depot with my paint sample to match and wander up to the paint counter, only to be informed they don't have oil-based base paint. None. I proceed to interrogate the paint guy with some puzzlement, since I had gotten oil-based paint there before. From what he told me, since California and other states are piling on the environmental and health regulations, big box stores like Home Depot simply aren't carrying "toxic" paint like the oil-based stuff. Since when is it toxic? And since it is primarily used for outside purposes, it isn't like I'd be huffing the stuff.
So California thinks this paint is too dangerous for me. This would be the same state that thinks it should be perfectly fine for me to inhale, on purpose, marijuana smoke. With many other folks thinking why stop with weed, ALL drugs should be legal to inject, inhale, and ingest. But oil-based paint? Health Hazard Alert!
Now, the paint guy thought that maybe some of the full-on paint stores like Parker still might carry it. Or maybe there's a guy on First and Bell who can get me what I need, if I don't look like a paint cop. WTF, over? It's just *paint*. I promise not to drink it.