Morning musings from Forest City, NC

Trip Start Aug 19, 2006
Trip End Oct 30, 2006

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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Now that the hitch is installed, we can focus on the task at hand, which is a little r&r and finding Ray Kutos before we leave for our next stop.

Ray Kutos, btw, is the guy Chris photographed a year ago in Pass Christian, MS who lost everything but his son, Dorian. They had family in Charlotte, but no way to reach them, so I got his family's number from Chris and called them to let them know that Ray and Dorian were alive. Their church group sent a van of volunteers to go get them, and last I heard, Ray and Dorian were safe and sound in Charlotte, NC, unsure if they would be staying or going.

We spent the night at the Foothills Family Campground in Forest City, NC last night, $25 per night with wifi, a pool and air hockey in the game room. Small but clean but get this, the wifi access is PC only!!! BellSouth routers, according to the proprietor, only allows Mac or non-Mac access. Come on.... so while I am finally caught up on the blogging, I still have no way to post it as of 7:05am this morning.

Now, for an update on the "pooh powder" solution. Please skip the rest of this entry if you have no desire to read a review of the WAG system for biodegradable bodily waste handling.

As some of you know, before we left, I decided that using the toilet in Bokeh would require more cleaning and maintenance than either Chris or myself was cut out for. Know your strengths and weaknesses, I always say! And besides, I grew up at horseshows using port-a-potties, I've done back-country camping and I can handle campground bathrooms. Chris, being a guy, well, he's comfortable anywhere.

My mom, several months ago, suggested we look into portable toilet accessories. I remember seeing these products on and after some research decided that it was a viable, although expensive, solution. $1.25 per dump to be precise. The system comes with a garbage bag of sorts, pre-loaded with what the manufacturer calls "pooh powder." I believe the (tm) is pending if anyone's interested. You put the bag in the toilet (as long as the toilet does not have water in it), spread the bag over the seat and well, you sit down. I thought the best trial run of the product was to test with liquid and not solids (I am struggling here to be both informative but not terribly graphic so bear with me). Rule #1 would be to read the directions and not assume that you know how it works. Apparently, you put the garbage bag, with its pre-loaded "pooh powder" in the provided Ziploc waste storage bag before you use it. That way, you don't have to, um, manually try to fit the pre-loaded and post-loaded contents of your garbage bag (which by the way, expands when the two meet) into the Ziploc bag when you're done. For those of you who regularly pick up your dog's bodily emissions during your daily or twice daily walks, this might not be so awkward, but to me, the less handling time the better. Now, since I didn't put the garbage bag into the Ziploc bag before I started, I don't know how that will affect my next experience differently. I'll have to get back to you on that... The other thing I noticed is that the system is designed for a deeper well than a travel trailer toilet, so it's crowded in the bowl, what with the plastic bag and the powder and all. Imagine putting a 40 gal. trashbag into a 20 gal. container and you'll get the idea. So, as you attempt to position the bag and its pre-loaded contents into the bowl, the pre-loaded contents, being powder, um, gets disturbed and well, loose on the plastic bag. Static, perhaps? So now you've got your bag folded over the top of the toilet seat and you're ready to sit, so you do. When you're done, um, if you've sat there for a minute or so, or if it's muggy in your bathroom, the um, garbage bag you sat on, well, it kinda sticks to you. Not forever, but just as you stand up, so depending upon the post-loaded contents of your garbage bag, I recommend a carefully executed rise from the seat. And remember I said that minute amounts of powder had migrated to the sides of the bag during positioning? Well, now that's kinda stuck to you too, sorta. Not that there's anything wrong with it, it's just "pooh powder." But I couldn't help imagining the conversation:

"honey, you've got something on the back of your thigh."
"What is it, dear?"
"Oh nothing, just a little pooh powder..."

Anyway, I'm still of the mind that pooh powder today means no maintenance tomorrow, and I know that at least a few of you out there wanted to know how it worked out, so I hope I've handled it in such a way that no one feels queasy.

Okay, we're done with the poop talk...
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kdearmas on

Pooh tree
Thanks for the warning. I skipped to the end, and was still able to get the joke.

Ewww. Gimmee the pooh tree any day, but I hear you about the maintenance. You should have a little star rating thing. Like 'Today's pooh powder rating: 3 stars' or something like that.

a-aaaaa on

i found this from the intriging post in the forums.. definatly worth the click on the link.. wouldn't a plastic bag and perfumed talc be cheaper though

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