1 EAGLETON NOTES: The Light Went Out

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Friday, 21 May 2010

The Light Went Out

I have just come across a copy of part of a letter that I wrote to a dear friend (who is still a dear friend) back in 1978.

“How often do you go to the loo?  Twice a day at least?  That means for the last thirty years you have made about 22,000 visits.  And how many times have you checked the loo before you sat down? [at that time my friend was living in Canada – as I now know, had it been Australia, the answer would have been different].  Well, for the record, I rarely do.  Perhaps I ought.  ‘Cos yesterday there was a bloody great bumble bee sitting underneath the seat.  And he took great exception to the light going out on his world.”

7 comments:

  1. Hahahaha! Sorry, shouldn't laugh. Mmmwaahahaha!

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  2. Ohh, you are so right about checking the seat in Oz. When I was living in North Queensland, a big fat frog liked to live under my toilet seat. Something I continually forgot and was constantly leaping to my feet when a cool, moist something nudged me to turn on the light. Still, that wasn't as bad as the time I actually checked under the seat first, sat and a brown snake made it's escape by slithering around the bowl, under my feet. Who said a trip to the loo can't be exciting??

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  3. Oh dear. I have occasionally through the years read horror stories about snakes making their appearance through plumbing; but never a bumblebee. I hope the memory doesn't still hurt!

    I couldn't help laughing either, not so much because of the bumblebee, but because I was reminded of one of the first posts by you that I read on this blog. Had that been the only one I doubt I would have ended up following you around...

    Now I'm gonna be cruel and leave you guessing for a while which post that was!

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  4. Oh Monica. That is cruel. I wonder what it was. I'm just going out but this evenning I'll see if I can guess.

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  5. Hahaha. To be honest, I've always checked before sitting. I watched a television show once where a boa (snake) was lost in an apartment building...and came up, alive, through someones toilet. ACK!!

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  6. Monica. I think the posting you are referring to must be the pink loo in Pink For Men . Correct?

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  7. Nope. By then (the pink loo post) I was already hardened and also knew that there were more sides to you... I've been following you for a bit longer than that. (You have to go back a few months more.)

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