Thursday, January 27, 2005

John the fish

When I was a sophomore in college, my five roommates and I were living in a dorm that had once been a men's dorm. How could you tell? The urinal in our bathroom.

We decided to make our urinal a decorative and practical feature of our suite. A plant was our initial idea, but we took this opportunity to instead introduce a suite pet. His species: Beta fish. His name: (wait for it...) John. I also suggested Harry or Dick... Thanks folks, I'll be here all week!

It was soon discovered that the water level in the urinal dipped when the toilet was flushed. My roommate E became certain that we were traumatizing John by making him live in that environment. This led to an argument--I insisted that the fish did not have enough brain cells to be traumatized, but she insisted that he could, arguing, "You're not God and you're not the fish!" To make her happy, we soon moved John to a bowl in our living room.

One day about a week after John moved to his new home, E was awakened by the cleaning lady. She was very agitated--she had flushed the urinal as she was prone to do occasionally to circulate the water and then noticed the sign:

Please do not flush the urinal--the fishy wouldn't like it.

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At 3:59 PM, Blogger bill said...

Reminds me of the irritation that the women in a 'sister' squadron felt while we were in basic training. They were held accountable for the total cleanliness of their latrine, as were we for ours, but they felt aggrieved in that they had to keep the urinals clean, too, despite the fact that they never used them. Your answer might have worked. I wonder, though -- how did John like the little scented cake? And where did *Harry* come from? Never heard that one before.....


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