Wednesday, December 05, 2007
The Drinking Fountain's New Trick
We had a company Christmas party on Monday. Some plans fell through, so we had it in the store with the racks pushed aside, tables set up, and everyone squeezed in like sardines to eat. Our spouses and children were invited. The younger boys present were apparently not interested in eating at the same time as the adults. Tucanos catered, so all the adults were quite keen on eating immediately. Eric and I chose comfy chairs that just happened to offer a view of the child-sized drinking fountains (the store was originally built to house baby and maternity clothing). Fairly early in the meal we saw a group of three or four boys gathered around the shorter of the fountains, watching the owners' youngest son (about 4 or 5 years old). He had his thumb over the spout, sending a high-powered stream of water arching away from the drain and onto the floor. He then said to his companions, "Look, the fountain is peeing." This caused fits of laughter from the other boys. And everyone at the table where we were sitting.