A few weeks ago with respect to writing this post, in November this year, we made a weekend trip to Portland, in the state of Oregon in the United States, traveling from California. The short trip turned out to be a very good one, the highlight of it being ‘fall colors’: a ravishing color palette on trees everywhere, something that is usually not seen in such a large number and such splendor back near San Fransisco, California.
And although the weather there was trademark cloudy, chilly and wet, something else turned the weather indoors as well into a wet one!
We were a group of eight people staying in a nice townhouse on rent for two nights during the weekend trip. The house had three floors; the living room, kitchen and dining area being on the second floor. We spent most of our time on that floor, huddling around the T.V. in the living room, like campers around a fireplace (incidentally, there was also a fireplace in the living room located below the T.V! How’s that for a realistic analogy?)
After a well-spent day sightseeing in Portland, we returned to the town house and ordered pizza for dinner. There we sat, in the dining area, next to the kitchen, munching away contentedly when all of a sudden, streams of water coming out of the kitchen ceiling started to rain down onto the kitchen floor. They gushed out of two electric light sources that were on the ceiling as if someone had turned on the shower!
After the initial disbelief at whether what we were seeing was real, all of us scrambled to our feet. Some of us were trying to figure out its cause while others, like me, whipped out our smart pocket devices to capture this unusual phenomenon.
What had happened was that while we were away, the commode or toilet in the bathroom located directly above the kitchen had somehow filled up to the brim with water on its own. One of the members of our gang had found it in this condition. He next did what anyone could have thought was very logical. He flushed the toilet to get rid of all that extra water. By law and everyday experience, we know very well how a toilet is supposed to obediently behave. But in this case, the rogue toilet spewed out all that accumulated water on to the bathroom floor – who turned out to be an equally naughty companion in the dastardly plan – leaking this water straight through onto the kitchen below! How absolutely evil!
The same guy who had unknowingly triggered off this unfortunate chain of events then scurried to the kitchen with spare cloth towels to soak the (clean) toilet water off the floor after the ‘showers’ had stopped. He also got hold of paper kitchen towel rolls and all of us proceeded to spread them out over the floor. In the end, it looked like this:
Fall colors outside, snow white inside!
Fortunately, the kitchen counters were spared from the water, thus leaving stuff on them free of contamination and the water had just fallen on the floor. The owner of the house was called up on phone and the incident was narrated to him. Anyway, we were leaving the house the next day so it did not bother us after it was over.
Moral of the story? Never flush a completely-filled-to-the-brim toilet bowl. You never know which way the water may go and also if it may rain down (perhaps on someone’s head) next!