Monday, June 12, 2006


Oreo and the Toilet - Part II

Between computer, furnace and plumbing problems, I have been delinquent in updating this blog. The plumbing problems were simply a continuation of last month's toilet troubles. My caveat to the plumber when cancelling our first appointment proved to be prophetic.

As I was toddling off to bed the following Thursday evening, Cheryl informed me that the toilet wasn't draining properly. Since I had just come up from the rec room where the supposedly repaired computer was on the fritz again, this was not welcome news.

First thing the next morning, I called up the plumber and made an appointment for later that day. He showed up with an assistant in tow, presumably expecting the worst.

As he explained to me, having been informed that the problem might be dog poop blocking the toilet, the snaking would be a two-man job. But first he warned me that our toilet was not a great design for such a problem and he couldn't guarantee success.

Luckily, the two-man team was successful and rescued our toilet from the brink of extinction. Chalk up another Oreo-related expense, this one being relatively modest compared to the many other dog outlays: $82.

A word to the wise: Don't dispose of dog poop down the toilet. In theory, it may be the most environmentally friendly option. But in practise, it's not a good idea. Unless you like living dangerously or are in need of a new toilet.

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