Monday, July 20, 2009

Water Closet...

In the days when you couldn't count on a public toilet facility, an

English woman was planning a trip to India.She was registered to stay

in a small guest house owned by the local schoolmaster. She was

concerned as to whether the guest house contained WC. In England, a

bathroom is commonly called a WC which stands for "Water Closet".

She wrote to the schoolmaster inquiring of the facilities about the

WC.The school master, not fluent in English, asked the local priest if

he knew the meaning of WC. Together they pondered possible meanings of

the letters and concluded that the lady wanted to know if there was a

"Wayside Chapel" (a smallish church where one


near the house . . . a bathroom never entered their minds.

So the schoolmaster wrote the following reply:

Dear Madam,

I take great pleasure in informing you that the WC is located 9 miles

from the house. It is located in the middle of a grove of pine

trees,surrounded by lovely grounds. It is capable of holding 229

people and is open on Sundays and Thursdays. As there are many people

expected in the summer months, I suggest you arrive early. There

is,however, plenty of standing room. This is an unfortunate situation

especially if you are in the habit of going regularly. It may be of

some interest to you that my daughter was married in the WC as it was

there that she met her husband. It was a wonderful event. There were

10 people in every seat. It was wonderful to see the ex-pressions on

their faces. My wife, sadly, has been ill and unable to go recently.

It has been almost a year since she went last,which pains her greatly.

You will be pleased to know that many people bring their lunch and

make a day of it. Others prefer to wait till the last minut e and

arrive just in time! I would recommend your ladyship plan to go on a

Thursday as there is an organ accompaniment.

The acoustics are excellent and even the most delicate sounds can be

heard everywhere. The newest addition is a bell which rings every time

a person enters. We are holding a bazaar to provide plush seats for

all since many feel it is long needed.

I look forward to escorting you there myself and seating you in a

place where you can be seen by all .

With deepest regards,

The Schoolmaster

Needless to say, the woman never visited India.