|Hold my beer...|
Years from now folks probably won't recall that the past few days have seen a gigantic hurricane, Irma, rip through the Caribbean and into Florida, and is now eating up portions of South Carolina. Damage is horrific, loss of life is significant, whole islands have been rendered uninhabitable.
Stick with me.
Folks started leaving the Southern-most states a few days ago, and if they were lucky had enough gas to make it through to a mid-Atlantic state (or further). The pictures of the traffic snarls on the northbound highways were mind-boggling, I'm sure being IN the snarls were enough to MAKE you snarl. Folks were running out of gas, food, and water, things had been pretty desperate.
This is not why I should not answer a knock at my door, though. Not yet.
One of the families that evacuated north are folks who used to go to our church. Nice younger couple, he's a musician/worship lead, she's a teacher who now homeschools their young son and will do so for their baby daughter someday if I'm any good as forecasting the future. They made what I think is the absolute right decision to get out, and their target destination was right be here in the 27587. They still have friends here, it seems.
Saw them at church yesterday and had a nice chat; they were disappointed that Biff wasn't there (he had a gig). Very sweet.
Almost there, hold on a minute longer.
So, I work at home. This involves a commute of about 3 steps from my bed to my desk, and also very often involves me not getting out of my pajamas until late in the afternoon. Also likely involved is a distinct lack of hairbrushing or other niceties that one would be expected to engage in if one was planning on being seen by anyone other than the dog. It's a pretty darned impressive low-impact system, and one that I'm reasonably comfortable performing. Sometimes I throw a bathrobe on if I'm feeling classy.
So I should have known better than to go see who was at the door this afternoon. I really should have. I was in full-on PJ and bathrobe regalia, my slept-in hair blossoming almost OUT of the topknot I'd wrestled it into the day before, face unwashed, you get the idea.
You also probably know who was at the door.
It was not the mailman. It was the nice young couple from church.
I'm reasonably certain that having me show up at the door, shambling around in a too-big bathrobe with a fully-risen hair muffin on my head, changed their perceptions of me a touch. Maybe more than. That's on them.
That's not the worst of it though.
That came a few minutes later, when their young son allowed as to how he might need to make a potty stop, which of course I agreed to after I put the dog out back. The youngster and his Daddy made use of the facilities and were soon on their merry way, after which I needed to make a pit stop of my own, at which time noticed what was The Worst Thing.
See, I live in a home with three very accommodating men. They put the seat down after they're done peeing, so I don't normally see the underside of the seat. Today was a day I also wish I hadn't seen the underside of the seat. Really really wish that had been the case, but no.
The toilet I allowed that little boy and his nice Daddy to use today was...sullied. Besmirched. Bedecked. Soiled, splattered, you get the idea. This lovely little boy and his lovely Dad flipped up that seat and were met with the unfortunate aftermath of one of my family members' potty visits.
There's no way they could have missed it.
And THAT is why I shouldn't ever answer the door. Because I might just unknowingly completely gross out people with the slovenly nature of my toilet seat.
Now where's the Clorox?