The thing about working at a summer camp is that you never know what each day will bring your way. One moment you can be the most awesome guy in the universe on stage with a microphone, the next you can be huddled in the corner in a fetal position, drooling and saying your name backwards repeatedly because you are so exhausted. The other night was one of those nights that caught me by surprise…
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I had just finished directing our summer staff in the running skit that involves portals, a king and a queen, some bad guys and of course some bumbling good guys. As I was wiping my brow and receiving a few back pats, I was approached by one of our many guests. She spoke softly so that I had to lean in close to hear her. After she finished speaking, I leaned back with a “happy to serve you smile”. I know why she spoke so quietly. The toilet in room four, full of 6th grade girls, is badly clogged.
I entered the room full of giddy girls. I had a plunger, a bag and some gloves. I hesitantly walked into their bathroom, and there it was. I swear it was a Muppet hand trying to reach up through the toilet while holding a jellyfish. That is the best G-PG rated description I can offer you.
I kept my “happy to serve you smile” going so as not to call out the girl in the bunk that wouldn’t make eye contact with me. I took care of the problem and exited the room quickly using the happiest British accent I could muster. It took much concentration to get out of the room without spewing all over the floor and thus adding to the already balmy rotten smell the room had acquired.
Make sure you are not around when someone needs you to unclog their toilet.
You can find the place where I work here. There are a few videos on the site where I describe our camp sessions.