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Friday Afternoon Confessional: Fitter, happier

I confess that in the past week, I’ve been eating healthier and exercising more, and as a result I feel better. I confess that this makes me wonder if part of my holiday-related depression stems from eating really poorly during that time of the year.

I confess that our toilet has a problem that is seemingly within the range of things I could fix myself — certainly it doesn’t seem worth calling a plumber — but that I’m afraid I will somehow screw it up, leaving us without a toilet. The problem is that sometimes it just keeps “topping off” every few minutes, which seems to stem from the fact that our flapper — the official term — is corroded or is simply not landing in quite the right way. If I stick my hand in there and shift it around, I’m usually able to get it to stop, yet I confess that over the New Year’s weekend, I refrained from even touching it, in the fear that I would somehow break it during a time when it would be difficult to get a plumber. I confess that this is perhaps yet another example of being over-cautious to the point of paranoia.

I confess that probably the biggest improvement I’ve made to my life in the last few months was buying more underwear and socks. Now my laundry schedule is much more reasonable.


January 6, 2012 - Posted by | Friday Afternoon Confessional


  1. I confess every time I hear Wu Tang Clan’s “A Better Tomorrow”, I take strange comfort in them telling me:

    You can’t party your life away
    Drink your life away
    Smoke your life away
    Fuck your life away
    Dream your life away
    Scheme your life away
    Cause your seeds grow up the same way

    I assume they mean can’t as in shouldn’t, not that I’m unable. This comfort comes despite my never really having been in danger of over-indulging in any of these things at any point in my life (except maybe the drinking) and also not having any seeds that will grow up the same way.

    I further confess that I no longer worry too much about toilet problems. You see, a couple years ago my wife accidentally dropped a cylindrical contact case down the toilet while the toilet was flushing. It lodged itself perfectly somewhere in the plumbing line, thus rendering the toilet ineffective. It also was impervious to every idea I had for dislodging it. So our only option was to replace the entire toilet. Amazingly, that whole toilet replacement process cost about $130 (not including the cost of the toilet snake that didn’t work in dislodging the case) and was remarkably simple. Oddly, the most stressful part is setting the toilet on the wax ring that ensures the toilet won’t leak and that wax ring costs like $1.50. The point in all this is I find comfort in knowing no matter what issue our toilet is having – as long as it’s not a leak I didn’t know about – it should never cost me more than $130 or so to fix. I found this amazing mostly because a plumber seems to cost $75 the minute they walk in the door.

    Comment by Matt in Toledo | January 6, 2012

  2. I too have toilet woes, which involve the bowl not refilling unless you take off the tank cover and tap something. This, when performed in the middle of the night, is especially annoying as one is cautious not to force the sound of smacking porcelain (or ceramic or whatever the hell a toilet is made out of these days) upon others.

    Comment by ebolden | January 6, 2012

  3. You can just buy a new flapper. It’s usually that the older rubber is to rigid to make a seal.

    Comment by Rob B | January 17, 2012

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