Monday, 22 September 2008

The Curse of the Cracked Toilet Seat

What is this blog coming to? I never thought I would stoop so low as to blog about toilets. One toilet in particular, to be more precise -- and that would be the toilet in my bathroom. But, although I am writing about my toilet, I’ll excuse myself by telling you that’s not entirely the point of this post.

In the meantime, back to the toilet seat, which, as you can see from these photos, has a lovely big crack in the lid...



Just as it did when I viewed the apartment in April. That seat was replaced. And I moved in at the beginning of June to enjoy a pristine and un-cracked loo seat ... for all of six weeks, because that seat then cracked in exactly the same place as the first one.

A couple of weeks later, the plumber replaced that seat. And all was well in the bathroom ... for about six weeks, because on Saturday evening, when no one was here, that seat then cracked in exactly the same place as the first and second one! Making this the third toilet seat to have cracked in less than six months.

Weird! Bizarre!

I thought I’d left the ghosts and ghouls behind when I moved out of my haunted house. But perhaps the little poltergeist jumped in with the pots and pans.

Or, was it a mistake to write a story about a woman who is haunted by a ghost that hangs out in her bathroom? That story is currently on submission. If it’s accepted for publication, will my toilet seat woes be over, or *shiver* have my problems only just begun...?

16 comments:

Catherine J Gardner said...

Ooh, creepy. I forgot all about your ghost.

Mary said...

Cate - until this episode, so had I.

Natalie L. Sin said...

That is the strangest factory defect ever!!

Mary said...

Natalie - that’s the thing. I’ve been trying to get to the bottom of this with the developer who converted the building. They’re perplexed. They’ve fitted almost a hundred of these toilet seats, but it’s only mine that keeps on cracking. :/

Catherine J Gardner said...

A ghost with a large bum that keeps breaking things - scratches chin and feels a story idea developing.

Mary said...

Cate - you've cracked it! (Excuse the pun.) I look forward to reading that story. :)

Conduit said...

Toilets, bums, cracks ... too many ... vulgar joke choices ... agh!

Mary said...

Stuart - oh, no... what have I done? I should have known to steer clear of this subject!

Caryn Caldwell said...

Oh, weird! Here's hoping they just keep buying the same brand of toilet seat lid, and that company is known for shoddy quality. Still, you'd think the landlord would learn, because you can't be the only one! May your next one last longer -- eight or nine weeks at least...

Whirlochre said...

Bizarre. My own toilet seat recently cracked at precisely this jaunty angle.

Sometimes, lif'e like being in a Hitchcock movie.

Mary said...

Caryn - if only I had a landlord to blame... The seat is good quality, and it’s the developer’s responsibility to fix whatever is found to be faulty in the year after they’ve sold the property. Perhaps the ghost is telling me to stop all this ‘snagging’, dust off my credit card, then go out and buy my own. ;)


Whirlochre - what a coincidence! And if your new seat cracks soon, you’ll know the same type of ghost is haunting us both. :)

Travis Erwin said...

Hey I blogged a week or so back about those fluffy toilet lid covers so you might as well talk about toilets as well.

Mary said...

Thanks, Travis. And I could use one of those fluffy covers to hide the horrible crack. Good idea! :)

Katie Alender said...

You simply must stop hopping up and down on the toilet seat, Mary!

Mary said...

Oh, Katie, will I ever learn?

A good telling-off is exactly what was needed. ;)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting about this toilet lid problem. We also thought we had ghosts or burglars when walking in th front door the other evening to a loud crack. Our 3 month old toilet seat had cracked in the same place as your photo but on the other side.

The retailer has been super helpful but the maker insists we ship it back to them before they will replace it. We only have one toilet so go figure.

It's clearly the same brand as yours Ideal Standard, and they only model that fits their bowls!

At least we know we're not alone...