Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Stain and Drain

Let's talk about stains. All this was prompted by my noticing that rust stain in the white porcelain sink in my bathroom.I'm talking about the one under the cold water faucet.You know that faucet. It drips all the time. Elmer has tried to fix it a dozen times. Maybe more. This stain is at least five inches in length and varies in width with the narrow part ending at the drain hole.

Stain and drain hole
when taken as a whole
resemble an apostrophe.

I have tried to get rid of that stain with all kinds of cleansing miracle products. But the miracle is that this stain resists all attempts at its destruction. I am beginning to think that this stain is a kind original stain of biblical origin. Like the original stain that Adam and Eve cursed us with.

Now the origin of this stain in the sink is the faucet that keeps dripping.
This faucet brings me hard water.
The kind with all the minerals and vitamins still in it.
The faucet gets it from a pipe that leads to the ground.
The ground has lots of bigger pipes that lead all over the city.
These bigger pipes get this water from resevoirs and big water towers.
I think it gets to these places from somewhere deep down in the ground.
How it gets into the ground is kind of complicated.

Some comes from rain.
Regular rain and acid rain.
If you knew what days they were going to put the acid in the rain,
you could put out some pickle jars and catch some.
And save it for emergencies.
Like an election or maybe a war.

Have you ever noticed that dogs seem to pee on the same trees over and over?
Of course pee must obey the laws of gravity just like rain.
Maybe that is what causes the water to stain my sink.
I should have taken more science classes in school.


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