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[ Monday, April 03, 2006 ]

"A funny sense of humour"
Starbuck [15:03] Comments: 4 []
Saturday morning I was sitting in the backseat of my parents car as it boarded the Eurotunnel train. The car drew to a halt with the front passenger-side window alongside a toilet door.

A single passenger managed to use the toilet early in the journey, muttering as he left something about them not working very well. For most of the remainder of the journey a steady stream of bladderly-stressed passengers wandered up to the door but failed to gain access as it seemed to be locked or jammed, and my mum, sitting in the passenger seat next to the door, explained to every one that it didn't appear to be working. Then we noticed a indistinct "no entry" sign dimly flashing above the door, and figured it must lock automatically when the toilets become out-of-order for whatever reason.

Quick as a flash I wrote "TOILETS OUT OF ORDER" on a scrap of paper, and stuck it to the toilet door using a "3 for 2" Waterstones sticker that I'd peeled off a packet of Top Trumps, successfully putting off the next two potential toilet-users.

Towards the end of the journey we noticed that the sign had stopped flashing, and when we tried the door it opened without problem. I removed the sign that I'd helpfully put on the door.

Someone soon wandered up to use the toilets, and my mum, seemingly feeling obliged to continue to talk to everyone who approached the door, informed them: "My son's got a funny sort of sense of humour, and he put that 'out of order' sign on the door himself!"

Thus making them think I was some hopeless April Fool's practical joker, as opposed to a well-meaning and conscientious member of the Chunnel community...

FUNNY SORT OF SENSE OF HUMOUR?! Because it was stuck on with a sticker from a bookshop? Grrrr...

Still, it made me think, WHY NOT go around sticking "out of order" signs on toilet doors. Heh heh. Ho.


4 Comment(s):

Comment by Blogger birdychirp, at April 03, 2006 5:40 pm  :

mothers eh? Can't kill them....

Comment by Blogger Starbuck, at April 03, 2006 6:00 pm  :

... can't live with them.

Scarily, that self-same phrase (t'other way round) passed through my very own mind whilst I was "blog-thinking" in the toilets earlier ("bog-blog-thinking"?)!

Comment by Blogger birdychirp, at April 05, 2006 12:01 pm  :

well it is the best place for serious thought. Its no coincidence that many great novels were written at a time of little dietary fibre I'm sure.....

Comment by Blogger Starbuck, at April 05, 2006 12:37 pm  :

Nice! Plus: true.

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