In-Door Plumbing!

Dear Daughter

Any camper out there or old timey guy like your Dad can tell you that indoor plumbing makes life great!  When I was a child, I lived for a short period with my grandparents in a home that had no indoor plumbing. This meant no running water and no bathroom – not even an outhouse; just the woods! Besides the inconvenience of having to walk down the hill to the village water well to get water for your daily cooking and monthly bath needs (yes, monthly), there were also many other offenses committed against a person’s pride and sensibilities due to the lack of modern plumbing. There was of course the assault to your senses as you exposed your bare butt to the elements on a cold January morning. Nothing brings back your fight or flight instincts than having your bare butt exposed while it’s still slightly dark! Many other atrocities occurred in those woods, but no need to gross everyone out here.

However, I had forgotten about how unforgiving nature can be. A couple weeks ago I was showing a 270 acre property to a couple of people that decided to go for a walk around the meadows while I waited in the car. One of the ladies came back complaining that she got a tick on her butt after using nature’s facilities. Yikes!

The weather in California has made us soft and indoor plumbing finished spoiling us. We are now a bunch of whiners. We are devastated when someone has used up most of the hot water and we need to wait 20 minutes before taking our hot, steamy indoor shower. If there ever is a Zombie apocalypse, I do not want to survive it if it means the zombies ruined our in-door plumbing!

City Dad

New Word of the Day: 

Pedagogy (noun)

  1. the function or work of a teacher; teaching.
  2. the art or science of teaching; education; instructional methods.

Previous Words of the Day: 

Soliloquy (noun)

  1. an utterance or discourse by a person who is talking to himself or herself or is disregardful of or oblivious to any hearers present (often used as a device in drama to disclose a character’s innermost thoughts): Hamlet’s soliloquy begins with “To be or not to be.”.
  2. the act of talking while or as if alone.

Didactic (adjective)

  1. intended for instruction; instructive: didactic poetry. 
  2. inclined to teach or lecture others too much: a boring, didactic speaker.
  3. teaching or intending to teach a moral lesson.  
  4. didactics, (used with a singular verb) the art or science of teaching.

Superfluous (adjective)

  1. being more than is sufficient or required; excessive. 
  2. unnecessary or needless. 
  3. Obsolete. possessing or spending more than enough or necessary; extravagant.

Incongruous (adjective)

  1. out of keeping or place; inappropriate; unbecoming:
    an incongruous effect; incongruous behavior.
  2. not harmonious in character; inconsonant; lacking harmony of parts:
    an incongruous mixture of architectural styles.
  3. inconsistent:
    actions that were incongruous with their professed principles.

Deference  (noun):

  1. respectful submission or yielding to the judgment, opinion, will, etc., of another.
  2. respectful or courteous regard: “in deference to my dad’s wishes, I did not correct his misspelling.”

Acquiesce  (verb): to assent tacitly; submit or comply silently or without protest; agree; consent: “to acquiesce halfheartedly in a business plan.”

Magnanimous  (adjective)
  1. generous in forgiving an insult or injury; free from petty resentfulness or vindictiveness: “to be magnanimous toward one’s enemies.”
  2. high-minded; noble: “just and magnanimous ruler.”
  3. proceeding from or revealing generosity or nobility of mind, character, etc.: “magnanimous gesture of forgiveness.”

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