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Around the Square
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 • Posted March 6, 2013

Indoor plumbing.

Not all it’s cracked up to be.

Must be Overflow Season.

Backing up.


Everybody and their dog seem to be having problems.

Just ask Jimmy’s Plumbing or Keith Higdon or Dale Scott Plumbing.

The washer drains.

And comes back up into the shower and commode.

Glug glug.

The commode continually runs.

No one knows.

Because no one’s been there for a month.

That constantly running water fills up the septic tank.

Which overflows.

And backs up into the commode.

And so on and so forth.

I tell ya.

Nothing like running back and forth from pump meter to house meter.

Turn off.

Turn on.

Turn off.


Turn back on.

Meanwhile the full moon watches from above.

What a sight.

Like observing the busyness of an ant.


Indoor plumbing is a lot more complicated than pitching some lye into a dark hole in the ground.

Still, there’s nothing like being able to do your business inside.

Especially when a cold wind is blowing.

Or it’s 102 degrees and you’re gonna be awhile.

G.K. Chesterton had the right mind-set.

“An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered.

An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.”

That from an essay titled, On Running after One’s Hat.

The British author (1874-1936) no doubt experienced both outdoor and indoor plumbing.

So he knew adventure.

Those of us who had to go outside to go know.

Chesterton also wrote the popular Father Brown mysteries.

And when the wind blew, he always ran after his hat.

Because it was an adventure.

So trip the light fantastic.

Flush away.

But keep a mop handy.

That’s Mason.

Renee Walker is an author, poet, and real estate broker on the square.

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