Not the Snake, but the 24 Hour Plumber
by Felton Drury
All my bags were packed and I was ready to go. This would be the trip of a lifetime, I thought to myself. I had been planning this holiday for years now, saving up money and working out my itinerary. I will go to the toilet now, because it will be at least an hour’s journey to the airport from Goolwa, and I want to be relaxed when I check in and not looking around for an airport toilet. I went to flush my toilet and to my horror it wouldn’t flush. I could not believe this was happening to me now on the eve of my departure.
This is an image of a large python inside a toilet, obviously not directly related to the story, but an arresting image just the same!
Could I just leave it, I thought to myself? What would it be like when I got back, after a year of travelling? The answer was too disgusting to contemplate. I needed a plumber. I needed a plumber now, right now here in Goolwa. It would have to be a 24-hour plumber, I thought. Where do I find a 24-hour plumber, this is an emergency? The taxi would be arriving soon. I thought of John Denver’s song, Leaving on a Jet Plane. Somehow, I would have to change my booking time before that happened. Bloody hell, what a situation this is, I thought to myself.
I grabbed my phone and typed in ‘24-hour plumber’ and Goolwa. I looked hurriedly down at the screen to the search results: 24 hour plumbers on call for After-hours and emergency plumbing. That was what I wanted, so I touched the call icon and waited impatiently for someone to answer. A voice identified himself as a plumber and I asked him if he was a 24-hour plumber. I took a deep breath and told him my situation, he laughed and I nearly hung up, there and then. But I gathered my wits, and listened, as he told me that he was on his way over and would probably arrive in ten or fifteen minutes.
I hung up the phone and leaned back against the door frame. I can relax; I thought to myself, I will make it. The 24-hour plumber will be here shortly and will fix the problem. I looked at the time on my phone and began calculating the time of my taxi’s arrival with that of the 24-hour plumber, and factored in how long it would take for the plumber to fix my toilet. I heard the doorbell and went to let in the plumber.
To Be Continued…