Well, Thanksgiving is a wrap for another year and I hope it was a good one for everyone. I have a little confession to make – I have recently started watching this show about buying homes in Alaska and OH MY GOODNESS, I am torn between wanting to move there and live in this incredibly beautiful part of the country and then feeling completely horrified over their plumbing situations, or lack of plumbing situations, or complete jerry-rigging of plumbing situations and do not even get me started on the OUT HOUSES.
Too late, I am started on the out houses. I don’t know why I was under the impression that those things were no longer in use in first world countries, but I am oh-so thankful that I do not currently have to use one or dig the hole for one, or move the actual little building and then cover the hole that was previously used as a potty. When the potential buyers stand there and stare at it for a little while before opening it to check out the inside and, of course, to see how full it is I just cringe and then if they start gagging it’s over for me. Some of those out houses are even two-seaters, you know, for the kids. They explain that you cannot send your toddler out to potty in the morning in 40 below weather, in inches upon inches of snow and of course there is the never-ending threat of bears so you go together – with a rifle. All I could think of, is man, I bet you grow up (meaning mature) fast in Alaska! I, seriously, will not get started on the “honey pot” situation. That would just be bad manners to discuss it – but I will freely say, once again, I am so thankful for a modern plumbing and toilets that flush.
Watching this show while prepping for Thanksgiving dinner also had me reeling at the amount of homes that do not have running water in the their kitchens. Sometimes they have a sink, but no faucet and just a bucket under it to catch what they wash down it. I cannot tell you how many times I just turn on the faucet, get the water I need and go on about my day. I cannot imagine how they would cook a full on meal – it must take all day.
I usually have no trouble remembering to be thankful for friends, family, a home, a career, etc. Sometimes I do forget to be thankful I have indoor plumbing and to remember that is actually a luxury and not a necessity. If there is something amiss with your plumbing after your Thanksgiving gathering, give Carmine’s a call at 203-791-8089 and we will have it fixed for you in no time.