“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

Goodbye to Dear Johnny
Monday, January 5, 2009

A sad time at the Hudler house because we are losing a friend: the toilet in what we call our "RV bathroom" ... so named because it's the size of a bathroom in an RV: VERY small. Everything in this bathroom is original (from 1951), and when we renovated the other three bathrooms we just couldn't find it in ourselves to change this one. And here's the main reason:

Now, is that a work of art, or what? They don't make toilets this color any more, do they? And the toilet seat? REAL SEASHELLS and REAL DEAD SEAHORSES arranged in clear Lucite. It's a beauty, don't you think? The poor toilet is leaking like a sieve, and it takes too much water (2 minutes to fill the tank) so I'm afraid it must go. I'm thinking of a second life for the toilet seat, though ... hmmmmm. Wall decoration? Necklace? A bean-bag toss game?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This makes me sad.

That is one AWESOME commode!

January 5, 2009 at 9:50 PM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

Hey, Stephanie ... perhaps you've got room in your house for this piece of art? It might make a good end table in your living room? Or a nice ice bucket to chill your wine?

January 6, 2009 at 6:21 AM  
Blogger Kathy Grey said...

There's a popular Florida redneck game, toilet seat toss. Kinda like horse shoes. Use the bottom half to start your set and the decorative lid can be hung on a tree as a scoreboard, using erasable markers.

Perhaps your readers have extra seats to contribute to fill out the Hudler homespun horse shoe game.

We'll make up a pitcher of lemonade and Cindy's co-cola cake and give it a whirl. Yee-ha!

January 6, 2009 at 8:39 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

Now hang on just a second! I am no expert in toilet repair but I have dabbled and unless the porcelain is cracked can't you just replace 'the guts' and be good to go? We have an old discontinued toilet with strange 'guts' that I was able to find online.

Barring that - can't you just put the old lid on a new toilet?

Save the RV bathroom toilet!!

January 6, 2009 at 10:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Say it isn't so! If I absolutely must go, I think it would make a gorgeous outdoor planter.

January 6, 2009 at 11:09 AM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

Okay, more details of the situation: We have incredibly low water pressure in our house...so low that only one water-using device can be used at a time. So...when you have a toilet that takes 2-3 minutes to fill you start losing a little patience. Also, I have replaced the guts twice in two year, and am tired of asking guests to "jiggle" the handle to make sure the flapper is down. Also, I am a Colorado native and am feeling VERY guilty for using so much water for each flush (because I grew up with so little water)...so I find I am NOT flushing the toilet with every use....and things are, shall we say, fermenting in a nasty way....
But you are right: I will save the toilet seat for the next toilet. I'm also anticipating it will be impossible to find a burgundy toilet, but hopefully they will have a gray one.

January 6, 2009 at 12:39 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

LOL - I knew there had to be more to the story - no self respecting Man of The House would not have gone to great lengths to keep such a beauty :-)

January 6, 2009 at 2:30 PM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

Ahhh, Papa Zook...if only we could have a martini together more often....Been meaning to share that killer martini recipe of yours with my readers....will do so soon.

January 6, 2009 at 8:29 PM  

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