Let me start this post by saying that I do know how to use a plunger. (Are you intrigued? Keep reading!)
So, I was having a little bit of a problem with my toilet. It was draining VERY slowly. I figured it was a simple clog that could easily be fixed with a good plunging. So that’s exactly what I did – but without the intended results. It was late at night and I got tired of dealing with it, so I went to bed. The next morning I was in a rush to get to a baby-sitting job, so I left my apartment without using the bathroom. Clearly it was more important to be on time than to relieve my bladder. Nothing like putting a problem off!
When I returned that afternoon, I decided it was time to deal with this slow draining toilet once and for all. (Keep in mind I had already tried about 5 or 6 times at least to remove the clog.) I was still having issues. I wondered if part of the problem was my plunger. My mom bought a plunger for me when she was visiting (cause that’s what moms are for: to remind you that real adults own things like plungers). Except the plunger she got was NOT like this:
The plunger she got me looked more like this:
I used this alien thing using an educated guess, but I wasn’t sure what kind of fancy plunger-witchery this was exactly! So, what do I do when I have a simple problem and no idea how to fix it? I text my mom. Here is the evidence:
I was still having no luck , and I really didn’t want to call my landlord with a clogged toilet (because that would be embarrassing). So I decided that I deserved a little break. I wish I could say that I was doing something productive like laundry or my dishes, but the truth is I was playing Candy Crush on my cell phone. I was so immersed in my game that I didn’t realize that the toilet was still running. The next time I went in my bathroom, the entire floor was covered with water. The toilet had completely overflowed and water was everywhere! The water had started making its way into my bedroom as well.
At this point, I had no choice but to call my landlord (and I thought a clogged toilet would be embarrassing). By the time the maintenance man arrived, I had managed to stop the flow of water and was using every towel in my apartment to sop up pool from my bedroom. Even though he spoke very little English, he still gave me the “Oh, stupid girl” look. (The same look I received just a week ago in response to the incident with my car.) He used some sort of snake/hose/somethingorother to investigate the problem. Of course he found none because the toilet seemed to be in perfect working order now that he was here. Before leaving he told me, “When water is full – no flush!” There were also some emphatic hand motions that accompanied the statement. He must think I am a giant idiot. Maybe I am. If I hadn’t been so engrossed in a stupid cell phone game, I might have noticed the flood in my apartment a wee bit sooner and not been stuck doing 3 different loads of laundry that night. Argh!
I’m considering changing the title of this blog to “The Dumb Things I Do”.