The Portable Toilet Explosion!

The Portable Toilet Explosion!

I was camping last weekend as part of my search and rescue training. In the trailer, there’s a small, portable toilet – the kind you use on smaller boats and, of course, in small campers or trailers. After you finish your business, you stand up, lean over, pull the little handle in the front to open the hole thingymabob, and then push down on the bubble-looking gizmo to rinse out the potty. 

I’d previously used that toilet several times without incident. However, last weekend, due to warm weather, high humidity, Mercury in retrograde, movement of the Earth’s magnetic pole, or just plain karma for something I naughty did or said, I found myself on the receiving end of an instant yellow shower.

I finished my business, yanked up my camouflage pants, turned around, bent over, pulled the handle thing out, and was rewarded by a HUGE splash of pee all over my face, my mouth, my hair, my shoulders, my chest, my arms, and even in my eyes. (I must have drank a LOT of coffee that morning!)

With an almost silent yelp (because I was afraid to open my mouth!), I jumped back. I do not believe I have ever been so surprised in my entire life! With my eyes still closed, I reached up onto the shelf and blindly fumbled for the baby wipes. After thoroughly washing my mouth first, then my eyelids, and then my face, I bent over again, pumped the bubble gizmo, rinsed out the potty, and then immediately grabbed my toiletry bag and headed to the camp shower.

It’s been six days now and I still feel gross.

Lesson learned? Pull on the handle just a tiny bit, and very slowly, to break the suction before
going for the full flush.

I won’t make THAT mistake again!

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3 Responses to "The Portable Toilet Explosion!"

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  2. Pamela Allegretto  April 6, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Yikes! You life is never boring!

  3. James G Archibald  April 4, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    Oh Yuck Angela ,,,, still I have to laugh 😉
    In our factory in Long Beach CA years ago the city workers would, fro time to time, pressure blast the sewer system. Nasty but not too much of a problem when they did it at night and you got the surprise in the morning. But one afternoon around 3pm they did it without warning. (They never gave any warning)
    Our packing girl was on the pot after a bad bout with diarrhea when she got the geyser treatment. Yep, covered from head to toe and we had no shower on site.
    Take care