What is the strangest–or most unique–phrase you’ve ever been woken up to or said to someone to get them to wake up?
Mine would be: “Don’t kill me!”
Last Saturday, I was in a hotel in Chicago with a friend. The night before, I’d had A LOT of water and orange juice to drink. And I mean a lot. So first thing that morning, I had to visit the bathroom. In the adjacent room, the shower was going, and without thinking about it, I flushed. Just a split second before I did, someone in the other room flushed, too. Between all the water pressure of the shower and the dual flushes, the water in our commode didn’t go down so I did what anybody would do: I flushed again.
The water may not have moved last time, but it sure moved this time. But instead of going down, it came up. UP, UP, UP, it came and I swear my eyes probably looked like they were about to pop right out of my head as I stood paralyzed as this water kept rising.
Then it happened. It rose out of the bowl and came cascading down the side.
And yes, like all women in this situation, I shrieked.
In less than three seconds, water covered the entire bathroom floor–followed immediately by every towel, washcloth, bathmat etc I could find.
That’s when I walked out of the bathroom and said those words: “Don’t kill me,…” to my barely awake roommate as it was still rather early and I didn’t want her to be surprised if she woke up and a man armed with a plunger was in the room.
Fortunately, the maintenance man got it fixed quickly enough, but I have to admit that I lived in fear of flushing the entire rest of the weekend.