This post (the van potty x2) by SherilinR reminded of something I started to write ages ago but never never got around to posting.
Here it is.
As a child I thought I was different ... that the British in general were different.
My early childhood was spent watching two TV channels - BBC and ITV - and my experiences of the world beyond my home town was limited and everything outside of Newbiggin-by-the-Sea was alien to me.
My perception of everything and everyone else on God's earth was based mainly on those shows that appeared on our screens.
I recall episodes of Rawhide and watching Rowdy and Gil save many a woman in distress or avoiding certain death by heading off stupid stampeding cattle at the last moment.
I remember Stu Bailey, Jeff Spencer and 'Kookie' keeping the streets of L.A. safe in 77 Sunset Strip.
Ben, Adam, Hoss and Little Joe would ride out each week, save everybody (including their land) from bad guys whilst spouting moral after moral.
But never ... not once ... did any of those hero's ever hesitate before chasing villains or saving the obligatory damsel in distress and say "Hang a minute. I think I gotta poop first"!
They never did, did they?
Not until Jane Fonda dropped her knickers to have a pee in the 1977 film ´Fun With Dick´ And Jane did I realise that Americans need to perform bodily functions in the same way as we British do.
Call me naive if you will (pauses for a chorus of jeers) but Hollywood and the TV networks of my childhood seemed determined to let us believe that toilets, and the use thereof, were not something that American hero's ever needed or wanted.
Nowadays, however, it's a different story.
Hollywood seems to think that realism now only comes from actors sometimes delivering their lines whilst taking a leek or farting "Hail To The Chief".
Bodily functions are readily discussed or carried out on our screens (in an 'acting' sense, of course) in an effort to deliver something that people will accept, if not as real, at least as plausible.
... that is why I thought I (we) was (were) different!
Back then, I thought that Americans didn't do 'doodoo' or 'peepee' (try saying that several times very fast)!
So I wanted to be American, because doing 'doodoo' and 'peepee', in my opinion was, and is, a pretty disgusting way of disposing of waste.
God? If you're reading this ... the waste disposal system you designed ... well, it stinks! ... Literally!
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