Plumbing the Depths

Plumbing the Depths
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Well, this is going to be a niche market: A picture of a toilet should grab the attention of any plumber who’s now got MS and reads Multiple Sclerosis News Today.

Victories need to be celebrated no matter how small the Venn diagram is!

The toilet looks OK. Well, it does now because I just fixed it.

Plumbing the depths. (Photo by John Connor)

When we bought it 10 years ago, it was the height of sophistication — when you sit on it, a fan starts and pulls the air under your bottom through a filter.

The hinges are fiendishly complicated, and every five years or so, they somehow work themselves loose and reveal themselves to be a three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle so impossible to solve that they might have been designed by mathematical artist M.C. Escher.

Very few people were stupid enough to have one of these behemoths fitted, so actually calling a plumber is a waste of space-time. All I know is that I’ve fixed it before, though I have no inkling how I did it. It was another hot day and I settled in for a Zen afternoon in the bathroom. Well, at least I was out of my bedroom.

I recently acquired a shower chair that is — joyously —  on wheels, so I can scoot around on it like a 2-year-old in a walker. Only this shower chair also has a built-in commode, and I’m now fully able to deal with all my ablutions myself. I draw a veil over my methodology, however, it really is a great relief to everyone that I now require no help. I’m a very grown-up 2-year-old!

It meant that I was also at exactly the right height to deal with the hinge problem. It took two hours, and as I had to pull everything apart, a thorough cleaning was also administered.

Well done, me.

At least we didn’t buy a fridge 10 years ago that had a computer built into the door. They were all the rage for a nanosecond.

Hey, we’re no mugs.

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In the ‘80s, John created the first regular column about the burgeoning London stand-up scene. In 1990 he wrote a book about its effect on the Edinburgh Festival: “Comics: A Decade of Comedy at the Assembly Rooms.” That year he also devised and ran a live topical stand-up team show at The London Comedy Store, The Edge. (It was destroyed in 2020!) In 2009 John was diagnosed with RRMS, which cut short his main job as a TV casting director for “Black Books,” “My Family,” et al. Now, John writes “Fall Down Get Up Again,” an irreverent journey with MS, and also serves as MS News Today Forums co-moderator.
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In the ‘80s, John created the first regular column about the burgeoning London stand-up scene. In 1990 he wrote a book about its effect on the Edinburgh Festival: “Comics: A Decade of Comedy at the Assembly Rooms.” That year he also devised and ran a live topical stand-up team show at The London Comedy Store, The Edge. (It was destroyed in 2020!) In 2009 John was diagnosed with RRMS, which cut short his main job as a TV casting director for “Black Books,” “My Family,” et al. Now, John writes “Fall Down Get Up Again,” an irreverent journey with MS, and also serves as MS News Today Forums co-moderator.
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