Travel Photo of the Day (February 4)

I’m going to let you in on a secret. I’m in a crappy mood today. I know I should try to conquer it. Don’t succumb to negativity. But sometimes a day just doesn’t go according to plan. This weekend I learned a valuable lesson. The pipe connected to my toilet is a shared pipe. When a neighbor stuffs something down the toilet it clogs all of our toilets. This happened Saturday morning. The landlord came over yesterday, but couldn’t fix it. He said someone would arrive Monday morning.

At 6:45am that person arrived. Not kidding. At 6:45am I tried to sound coherent and polite. Turns out he had to open the pipes outside but it was too dark so he had to come back. Yeah, I could have told him that and I was half asleep. The guy came back. I did my best to help by pouring buckets of cold water down the toilet.

As it turned out, the job was a little tougher than anticipated. Not what I wanted to hear considering I had been living without a toilet for two days. I probably should mention we only have one in the flat. He may have to come back tomorrow—probably at 6:45am. Yippie!

I’m in a crappy mood.

Let's hope this elephant doesn't visit my house--no way my toilet can handle it.

Let’s hope this elephant doesn’t visit my house–no way my toilet can handle it.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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52 Responses to Travel Photo of the Day (February 4)

  1. No working toilet would very literally put anyone in a crappy mood. 🙂 So sorry to smile in understanding at what is not a funny situation for you. I’m not sure how I would function without a working toilet in my house for even part of a day, let alone days. I’ve grown too accustomed to the amenities.

    • TBM says:

      It makes me realize how spoiled I am. This is not something I have much practice with or plan Bs for. Thank goodness Starbucks opens up early for coffee and amenities. You never know what life has in store for you–here I expected a quiet weekend watching movies. Instead, we searched for toilets.

  2. Lucid Gypsy says:

    What a nightmare, but this too will pass 😉

  3. Anna says:

    I hope your week will get better from this!

  4. Seasweetie says:

    Excellent image to reflect your crappy mood. Hope it clears up soon!

  5. nrlymrtl says:

    We have a leech field and when are field became full, we had to build a new one, a modern one. The old one was put in either in the 50s or 60s, so it was simply an underground pipe. Hmm… why does a whole section of the yard smell funny when we have laundry day? Well, that was the old way. We put in a new leech field and have been quite happy. But, yes, I feel your crappy pain over plumbing issues. Not fun at all.

    • TBM says:

      Not sure I’ve heard of a leech field. Glad the new one is happier 🙂 I wish I learned more about plumbing–our guy is not solving the problem as quickly as I would like.

  6. Bleurgh. 6.45 am AND a non-functioning toilet? No wonder you’re in a bad mood. Hope it gets fixed soon!

  7. Beth Ann says:

    Oh dear…..I would indeed be in a crappy mood too!!! I don’t think it is a bad thing to be used to having a toilet… fact I think it is a very good thing!!! Thank goodness for Starbucks!!! Darn that neighbor!!!! Grrrrrr. Keep us posted on your loo progress!

  8. I was going to say “Number One, don’t worry, and Number Two, you’re allowed to feel crappy” but probably best not to mention Number Ones and Number Twos 😉

  9. Madhu says:

    Not envying you 😉

  10. thirdeyemom says:

    Ha ha! The flu and now a “shitty” toilet! Made me laugh! Thank goodness we have toilets. When you get mad think of those holes in th ground in rural Nepal and then you’ll feel better! 🙂

  11. Erinina says:

    Oh man, hopefully they fix this problem for good and disconnect your system from that crappy neighbor. Hang in there! On the bright side, going to Starbucks gives you an excuse to blog to all of us!

  12. bocafrau says:

    Oh, what a visual. Hope it’ll be fixed soon.

  13. IsobelandCat says:

    Nightmare. How are you coping?

  14. zozokie says:

    One of those day, huh?

  15. Holy crap (pun intended), I nearly choked on my pop when I scrolled down to the photo LOL!!! I truly hope that you have a better day tomorrow. It can’t get much worse can it? 🙂

  16. petit4chocolatier says:

    I hope things get better!!

  17. mairedubhtx says:

    Not having a working toilet would put anyone in a bad mood. You are entitled. It stinks. Literally. What a screwed up plumbing system.

  18. That is a terrible situation. Life is complicated enough without the plumbing rebelling.
    Sorry your inconsiderate neighbor caused you so much aggravation.

    • TBM says:

      Who knows what caused the problem. I like to think it was a complete mistake and not intended to ruin anyone’s day. Makes me feel better

  19. How awful. Hope it’s fixed soon.

  20. pattisj says:

    Hubby had to work on one of ours this weekend. We have another, but he had to turn the water off at the main valve–so we had no water anywhere. Thankfully, his was done the same day. Hope yours is fixed soon.

  21. T.F.Walsh says:

    I have those days too… and no matter what happens, it’s all down hill. But it gets better after a long sleep:)

  22. cupitonians says:

    Aww I hope you’re feeling better!

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  24. Fergiemoto says:

    I’m sorry. How frustrating!

  25. when i have crappy days, whether plumbing related or not (once my daughter put tyranasaurus rex down my toilet) i’ve learned that trying to cheer myself up or find the silver lining just makes me crabbier. so i just tell myself, today’s a crappy day. get through your work day, rent a movie and make some fudge. hope its all fixed now.

  26. Novroz says:

    ow…sorry to hear about your crappy day. I can only imagine how troublesome it was.

    That photo of Elephant dung is quite something, I too have shared image of a poo once…my Kroten’s poo 😉

  27. fgassette says:

    Funny. We had toilet problems this weekend and had to call the plumber to fix it. It was NOT cheap. Plumbers have to make a lot of money based on their charges. I think my grandson should go into this business. Hope your ok.


    • TBM says:

      Fortunately we didn’t have to pay for it. At least I hope the landlord doesn’t send me a bill. They found out the construction downstairs caused the issue. I’m sorry for your troubles. Not only to have trouble and then a big bill–not fun. yes, your grandson should. I’ve known a few plumbers who do quite well for themselves.

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