Friday, November 4, 2011

Perspective Via Potties

Hey everyone! I’m your new Friday blogger. I’ve never blogged before so bear with me. Little bit about me: My name is Dupree, I’m 19 and I go to BYU. I’m from around Portland, Oregon. You’ll get to know me better as the weeks go by. :) But for this week let’s talk about toilets…

What did you do this summer? Did you vacation with your family? Spend time with friends? Flip burgers down at the local diner? Or were you like me and spent your summer cleaning bathrooms on a mountain?

Yes. Bathrooms. Lots of them. 166 toilets to be exact. Which took up 3 hours of my day, 4 days a week, 4 weeks a month, May to August. Which totals to 192 hours cleaning bathrooms. To say I know the ins and outs of a bathroom is an understatement. I know that some cleaning chemicals like HDQ smell like fruit loops. And SHOWER POWER, with its minty cough inducing haze, was sure to get you a nice buzz for the rest of the afternoon. I also learned a pretty awesome knock-knock joke.

“Knock Knock”
“Who’s there?”
“Dwane who?”
“Dwane the tub I’m drowning!”

This was made even more hilarious due to A) SHOWER POWER and B) the huge lake (AKA sewage) that inhabited the restroom we were cleaning at the time.

Times were hard (like when the lake was created or when it was pouring rain and so muddy that we couldn’t even mop the floors) and they were good (like every time “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” came on my radio). But while working this summer, mostly in bathrooms, I also learned a lot about me and what kind of perspective I wanted on life. I could be the person who moaned about having to clean bathrooms (because it is a disgusting job). Or I could take the more positive route: laugh when a toilet made a “mess,” smile when I got caught in the rain between bathrooms, and sing “BE A MAN” at the top of my lungs every chance I got.

Which perspective will you choose? I chose positive, and I had the best summer of my life, cleaning bathrooms.


  1. Very nice, Dupree. And welcome to the blog :) It's great to have you!

    love the joke. :D

  2. Ha ha, I had to similarly develop a positive attitude like that about working in the dishroom at the MTC, but at least there it was piles of food and water rather than poop...

    Yeah, I can smell that unique Shower Power scent as you describe it. Didn't you ever think that mint lifesavers--wintergreen!--smelled *just* like toilet bowl cleaner?

  3. Our toilet bowl cleaner didn't really have a smell but yes that's exactly what shower power smelled like. Now every time I have one of those I'm going to think of toilets and showers. And thanks Tif :)