“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

The verdict is in
Wednesday, February 11, 2009

And the readers have spoken (anyone who didn't read yesterday's blog will need to do so at this point):

Yes, it is a sad day for those lovers of true Florida kitsch. A day of mourning:

Anyone wishing to pay their final respects may do so during cocktail hour any day this week, through Friday. Please call ahead.


Blogger Dan said...

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February 11, 2009 at 10:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Carla in KY:
5I feel an unexpected sense of loss. I never knew The Lid, and yet I feel as if I did.

Did you see this story? From the Deseret News in Utah:

Carl's Jr. bids blasted bowl 'bye'
Mourners each get bottle of Kaboom in memory of 'John'
By Joseph M. Dougherty

Deseret News

Published: January 31, 2009
CENTERVILLE — Christian Martinez is holding onto hope. He's doing the best he can, considering he lost one of his most hard-working and reliable employees.

Dressed all in black, Martinez, general manager of the Centerville Carl's Jr., held a memorial service for the employee who quietly performed the most thankless of tasks, the employee known only as John.

"I spent a lot of quality time alone with John," Martinez said solemnly.

Rumors of an open- or closed-lid ceremony couldn't be confirmed, but Martinez said John was laid to rest privately, presumably to protect the privacy of the departed.

After all, it was privacy that got John dispatched.

Some call it a tragic accident: A concealed-weapon-carrying patron dropped his gun on the floor before leaving John's stall. The gun went off and John, a Kohler 1.6-gallon-per-flush toilet, was blown to bits.

"May he rest in pieces, I mean peace," Martinez said.

Martinez was in the restaurant when the toilet exploded Jan. 15.

"Poor John was all over the place," he said.

After a couple of hours, a replacement toilet was installed, affectionately named John Jr.

So far, John Jr. is quietly doing his job in the men's washroom, Martinez said, adding he hasn't heard any complaints.

Swirling with emotions, about 50 people and local media attended services Friday to pay their respects to the unsung hero. By 10:30 a.m., Martinez had given those patrons a parting gift, one bottle each of Kaboom Bowl Blaster toilet cleaner, John's favorite.

Centerville resident Chris Baxter, who visits Carl's Jr. on a weekly basis, said he had also spent a lot of time with John.

"He was very supportive," Baxter said. "He did his job."

David Swanson, a Roto-Rooter employee, stopped by to pay his respects, as well.

"I was deeply saddened," Swanson said, adding that he didn't think anything could have been done to resuscitate John after the terrible shooting. "It's the most tragic one I've seen."

Flower bouquets adorned the restaurant's counter Friday, including one from Carl's Jr.'s corporate office.

"Dearest sympathies. We'll miss John," the note stated.

February 11, 2009 at 11:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Carla in KY:
Please disregard random "5" that begins previous message. Word has apparently decided I need more numerals in my writing.

February 11, 2009 at 11:43 AM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

I've had three readers ask me on facebook if I was going to auction off the toilet seat. The answer, I'm afraid to tell you, is NO! I'm thinking of putting it on the toilet during special occasions, like Fourth of July...My birthday, etc....

February 11, 2009 at 12:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Color me sad. Not, only did the seat tie in beautifully with the burgundy sink -- it represented a sense of whimsy, an unexpected and artsy surprise in a tiny and functional space. It was a festive piece of old Florida kitsch. The pictures don't do it justice, maybe that's the problem with the judging process on the blog. I've seen it for real, in all it's creative and colorful glory. Is there any way for a compromise? What about hanging it on the wall BEHIND the new commode? Just an idea...

February 11, 2009 at 1:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you should leave the seat and lid on the toilet. It matches the rest of the bathroom and to destroy, ebay, or otherwise dispose of it in any other way would be sinful. After all, it was the toilet, not the seat that was the problem. I do the same thing when I buy a car. Always use the same gas cap. - Fritz

February 11, 2009 at 6:35 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

I like the concept of 'holiday' toilet seats. You may really be on to something there Ad - think of the marketing possibilities!

February 12, 2009 at 9:06 AM  
Blogger Kathy Grey said...

I agree with Fritz, who says leave the seat and lid on the toilet.
But I'm thinking the decorative seat probably doesn't fit on the new "pod."

Say it isn't so!

February 12, 2009 at 8:01 PM  
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