Hug a Portaloo today!

Sixteen thousand years before the next big quake would be about the appropriate length of time, in my humble opinion. Yet no amount of logic could stop me from the primal fear that the much vaunted aftershock of 6 would occur at exactly the same time of day as the original quake and I have a sneaky suspicion I was not the only person in Christchurch with her eyes wide shut at 4:35 this Saturday morning.

But I managed to get a grip on myself and the day just got better and better from there on in. Who would have thought that the community meeting at Brooklands Hall would dish up both John Key and Bob Parker. Or that they would be so approachable, charming, considerate and helpful? There is a limit, I would have thought, to how fascinating the topic of sewerage actually is – but you would never have guessed.

I didn’t get to hug either of them, but the arrival of our very own portaloo was quite good enough for me. Nor did I get to ask those two fine men what role libraries have played in their lives or what books sit on their bedside tables at the moment. But had I managed to attract their attention, rest assured those would be the books with pride of place in my portaloo right now!

Unless you’ve got any better suggestions?

20 thoughts on “Hug a Portaloo today!

  1. Glynis 12 September 2010 / 12:28 pm

    Certainly a lot better option than trekking down to the local paddock !!! I am so happy for you …. and also would never have thought that toilet talk could be so thrilling.

    • robertafsmith 13 September 2010 / 2:03 pm

      I know, I have to restrain myself from exciting decor ideas for the portaloo – first to go would be the small evil mirror on the inside of the door. I cannot look that bad….or can I?

  2. Rachael 12 September 2010 / 12:53 pm

    My flatmates and I were pretty stoked when portaloos appeared across the road – we’d been having sewage issues since before the damn earthquake!

    • robertafsmith 13 September 2010 / 1:59 pm

      What does it say about the world we live in that it takes an earthquake for a girl to get her own portaloo?

  3. valerienl 12 September 2010 / 3:30 pm

    Hi Roberta. In my neighbourhood, it is Huga Orange Cone Day. These cheerful, hard working cones are keeping people on the roller coaster-ish roads and out of the cracks of doom. And they herald the arival of hunky men in big truck who are fixing the problems outlined above.
    Now I don’t know how big your porta-loo is, but the ones I’ve been in are not like the Tardis. They are much smaller on the inside (so no room for a bookshelf) and knowing my luck, If I used one, a big aftershock would knock the thing over and I would be rescued several hours later on national TV.

    • purplerulz 12 September 2010 / 3:45 pm

      gosh, you really have struck up quite a relationship with your port a loo Roberta – and so quickly! We’ve just discovered our hot water cylinder is leaking so that’s fun for all… oh well back to the books tomorrow!

      • robertafsmith 12 September 2010 / 4:24 pm

        Blog from your bog – that’s my new motto!

    • robertafsmith 12 September 2010 / 4:27 pm

      I will hear nothing against my portaloo, not only is it the Rolls Royce of loos, it is a Smith’s Loo, or so it says on the door.

    • Marion 12 September 2010 / 7:52 pm

      Hi Valerie,

      Little orange cones rule. As do road closed signs. Took a photo of this little hero down our street. http://www.flickr.com/photos/43957413@N00/4969687877/

      and this human hero what puts them out
      Local hero no 2

      and I’d like to know the human hero who sprays all these signs
      On!

      • robertafsmith 13 September 2010 / 8:24 am

        I love those cones too and thinking back on it, I missed a golden opportunity to be photographed hugging a portaloo with an orange cone on my head!

  4. Joycie 12 September 2010 / 7:30 pm

    Hi Roberta,

    Yay for portaloos! A lack of sanitation is indeed traumatising 🙂

  5. Ansa Liebenberg 13 September 2010 / 4:24 am

    Oh, dear Roberta, what good news, portaloo and all that you are all alive and well! I was in Cape Town when I heard the first news about NZ… So, this email is so welcome (at least you are online). Keep us up-to-date… and I am curious about the charming men and their bedside books. Love Ansa

    • robertafsmith 13 September 2010 / 8:35 am

      I know I am pushing the boat out here with the notion of charming men and bedside books Ansa. But our mothers should have told us that our first question to any man should be “What books are on your bedside table?” I’ve checked on my own charming man and his bedside table – but that’s another blog in the making!

  6. helen 13 September 2010 / 7:14 pm

    Love the picture and rejoice that you now have your very own Portaloo, sharing is not quite the “done” thing, me thinks I need to swing around and try it out.

  7. Kim 28 September 2010 / 6:09 pm

    Just keep an eye out for the Daleks & Cybermen!

    • Kim 30 September 2010 / 11:23 am

      Oh dear – thats not what I wrote !

      • robertafsmith 1 October 2010 / 12:55 pm

        How I wish I’d started a portaloo company called Tardis.

  8. bogman 8 October 2010 / 4:11 am

    Surely your company would be called terdis! 🙂

    • robertafsmith 8 October 2010 / 1:17 pm

      Ha Ha, top marks for originality, but methinks you have the spelling wrong!

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