It’s been a slow week. The Book Festival is long gone. The other Edinburgh festivals are finished. The cricket season ended last week, and the series against Bangladesh doesn’t start until next month. We don’t go away anywhere until towards the end of October. The weather is changing, making it sometimes more difficult to get out for bike rides and runs. In any case, I can’t persuade Fat Mac to get on his bike, the Tall Thin One is in Shetland, JD is in France, Lindsey is at work, it’s not long since I saw the TAK, I don’t see Donald until next week, I’m more or less up-to-date with adding journals to JournalTOCs, and it’s a slow, slow week.
The most exciting thing that has happened this week is that I bought and fixed a new toilet seat.
They don’t make toilet seats the way they used to. Somehow, the last toilet seat only lasted two years, which means that I am now spending about £1 a month on toilet seats. The last one got stained. The one before, which lasted three years, became lumpy as moisture got into the MDF. The one before lasted four years until it became wobbly. At this rate, replacing toilet seats will eventually become a major financial outlay. I can’t remember my parents ever having to replace a single toilet seat. Aye, they made them to last, in those days. Even Fat Mac has replaced his toilet seat recently (along with the rest of his bathroom). If I could persuade him to get on his bike, no doubt he would tell me about how toilet seats in the sivinties were far superior.
But in terms of functionality, my new seat is a major improvement. Both the lid and the seat can remain in the vertical position, if you want it to. All previous seats came crashing down when you lifted them, due to the fact that the tank was too far from the wall and there wasn’t quite enough space for the lid and seat. I even got a plumber, who was called for another purpose, to look at the last-but-one seat, and he couldn’t get it to remain in the up position. But the new one has a different design, and stays in the vertical position, if you want it to.
The new toilet seat was made in China, of course, and is formed from thermoset plastic, so shouldn’t go lumpy, and has rust resistant stainless steel hinges, fixable from the top, so shouldn’t go wobbly. It is ‘soft close’ which means that it doesn’t come crashing down, but as I said, this is less of a problem because it stays up, if you want it to.
I also cleaned the front stoep and stairs. Having a clean stoep is a very African thing, and my stoep and stairs had become encrusted in grime, making it sometimes a bit slippy when wet.
Already, the ‘patio-cleaning-brush’ which I bought from B&Q for a fiver the other day has half fallen apart with some bristles coming off. Once I’ve finished, I’ll take it back to the shop as unfit for purpose. I’m not having stoep cleaning implements becoming as big a financial outlay as new toilet seats.
A new toilet seat and a cleaned stoep. If it would stop raining, I could play golf. It’s been a slow week.