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Down the drain.

  1. Sep 27, 2005 #1

    matthyaouw

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    I was putting my bike away when I got home from uni when "chink, plop, DAMMIT!!" my back door key slipped out of my hand and into the drain. A hammer, a chisel, 2 gallons of black, foul smelling water, a fish net, 16 dead snails, 37,000,000 anerobic bacteria, one pair of unusable rubber gloves and 15 minutes of thorough handwashing later, I have my key back. Hooray!

    What are the worst things you've lost down the drain over the years? Did you get them back? Find anything down there you weren't even looking for? Do tell me.
     
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    A blue opal, that I had shaped from the ruff stone. I was hand polishing it, and it just got away from me. Rolled across the floor and into the drain. I never found it :frown:
     
  4. Sep 27, 2005 #3

    matthyaouw

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    Ouch, that's bad. Were you able to replace it?
     
  5. Sep 27, 2005 #4
    I can't even express how mad I was at myself for not working over a tray. The ring it was going into, was a very stylised art nouveau setting. I sold it to a friend who has put a bloodstone in it.
     
  6. Sep 27, 2005 #5

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    My daughter lost our poor dog down the storm sewer, which is almost the same thing. Since she managed to hang onto the leash, she did get our dog back, but our poor dog was traumatized for life. The dog never actually hit the bottom of the sewer, but being hanged by the neck in a dark place was a pretty traumatic experience for her. My daughter decided it was best not to tell the rest of the family that she somehow managed to drop our dog down a sewer.

    For years, the dog was terrified of bridges - in fact, she was terrified of anything resembling a bridge. A small metal plate three inches high to allow water to run under the sidewalk to a drain? No way to make the dog walk across it. She has to walk across the drainage channel. A major bridge that you have no choice but to cross? Don't even try picking the dog up to carry her across - she'll have a fit and wriggle out of your hands. You just have to drag the dog across the bridge by her leash - eventually her paws will get raw from being dragged along the sidewalk and she'll sit down - eventually her butt will get raw from being dragged along the sidewalk and she'll grudgingly follow with small spurts of resistance just to remind herself that her paws and butt are too raw to resist. And don't you dare come within 10 yards of a storm sewer. The only way to get across is to cross the street - a real problem if you happen to be at a busy intersection with storm sewers at every corner.

    We eventually had to map every bridge and storm sewer in our GPS receiver so we could carefully follow a route that wouldn't result in an embarrassing struggle with our dog (people really look at you funny when you forcibly drag your dog across a bridge).

    For years, we never had any idea why our dog acted so irrationally whenever confronted by any sort of bridge or overpass. Finally, after having moved safely out of the house, my daughter told us what she had done to our poor dog. She forgot that she still occasionally visited us and/or went on various expeditions with us. We pushed her out of a raft in the middle of Sunshine Rapids in the Royal Gorge. I'm afraid we've traumatized her.........
     
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    Oh No!!!! I do hope the photographer helped out.....
     
  9. Sep 27, 2005 #8

    Danger

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    I could have saved a fortune on bird-shot if I'd thought of building a duck trap. :grumpy:
     
  10. Sep 27, 2005 #9

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    This is evil. :grumpy:





    But hilarious, nonetheless..
     
  11. Sep 27, 2005 #10
    That's were all my pet bacteria went! Please send 'em back!
     
  12. Sep 27, 2005 #11

    matthyaouw

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    Please, have them! They smell funny...
     
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