At 10:21 AM 2/14/96 -0800, Linda Merle wrote:
>My own personal plumbing nightmare:
>I am in the Bois de Bologne in Paris with my French husband. We go
>to check out the facilities. I am very young, so I am freaked out:
>one of the two is closed and people *** OF BOTH SEXES *** are queued up
>to go into *** ONE ** facility. Eek. I asked my husband: is this for
>real? Yes. So I get in line and in I go. There is one booth free, and
>men's feet are clearly visible under both adjacent booths. Nonetheless,
>in I go only to discover .... there's no toilet. There's a ceramic hole
>in the floor. Okay, I've been out of the country for 2 days and I can
>handle even this. I plant my feet on the slightly elevated foot prints.
>Shortly thereafter, I feel an extremely American urge: I want to flush.
>I look about. Ah! On the wall is a big fat button which clearly says
>PUSHER. Hey, I know enough French to know what that means. So I do.
>Unfortunately, I neglect to remove my feet from the slightly elevated
>ceramic footprints first. Water spurts out from the sides and drenches
>my tennis shoes. Very COLD water, I might add. I manage to not scream.
>However after the deluge is over and I do step out, my tennis shoes go
>squish squish squish, as I try to make my way out as inconspicuously
>as possible. However all the French must have been waiting to see if
>the American would pass the IQ test. They laugh. Except my husband.
>He is very angry. Hey, he should have warned me, don't ya think? I
>mean, if you marry an American you got to be prepared to provide remedial
>plumbing instructions in the land of origin. Unless you enjoy being
>Has no one yet written "The American's Guide to the Toilets of the World"?
La journee est grise et froide et je n'avais pas un moral au beau fixe.
Grace a toi, et a ta malheureuse experience avec les toilettes et l'hygiene
du beau pays de france, j'ai souri puis eclate de rire.
Je compatis aux pauvres touristes qui doivent endurer ca sans y etre prepares.
Merci encore :-))
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