Guess what I did this morning before breakfast.
Go on, guess.
Ok, I’ll tell you.
This morning before breakfast, I cleaned human feces off restroom walls.
Unless you are extremely squeamish, go ahead and keep reading. I won’t get too graphic, and there are no photos. It’s really not that big of a deal, except it was my first time, and you know, the first time’s always special.
It was before 6:30 this morning when I went to clean the restrooms. It should have just been a sweep and hang (the “hang” referring to adding full rolls of toilet paper to the holder), but when I lifted the lid of the first toilet, I found evidence that someone had experienced some gastrointestinal distress in the night. Bummer. I was going to have to do a little more work than I’d expected, but no huge big deal.
So I swept the floor and put out a new roll of toilet paper. Then I collected cleaners and hauled a bucket of water from the tank on my campsite. I cleaned everything up and moved on.
One might think a camper would have only one bout of explosive diarrhea in one night. One might think that if a camper had more than one bout of explosive diarrhea in one night, the camper would try to keep the mess contained and stick to using one toilet. One would be wrong.
Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.
When I went into the second restroom, I found signs of gastrointestinal distress on the floor, on the outside of the toilet, on the two walls closest to the toilet. Gag!
But I did my job and cleaned everything all spic and span.
If the person was sick last night, I have sincere sympathy and hope s/he gets better soon.
If the person was drunk, I hope s/he has a hell of a hangover.
Of course, this situation could be karmic retribution for something I (or someone in my party) left behind in a restroom for a camp host to clean up.
My co-worker says I’ve been initiated, and I’m a real camp host now.
(Written June 21, 2015)