I grew up in South Carolina. But currently I live in California. At the height of our fire season, and with strong winds forecasted for the upcoming week, PG&E the utility company who provides electricity for much of the state, has announced rolling blackouts to minimize the risk of wildfire.
As I prepare for the potential of the upcoming week without power, I thought I’d bring a little humor today. Today, I’d like to share with you a story you might read another time or two. A story you might even want to share with others.
On one particular occasion when I was a teenager, I was spending the week with some friends. The mother of the house told me she had something funny for me to read. I was tired — too tired to read— too tired to care, and even more, I was too tired to laugh. But just as tired, I was polite and didn’t want to be rude. For two hours we had driven. It was late—very late. So yes, it was out of kindness I read the paper she extended to me.
I unfolded the two sheets and began reading. It only took a few short lines…all signs of exhaustion flew out the window. I laughed. I laughed more. I laughed so hard, tears blinded my eyes.
A few years ago I searched on the internet and found the story. There are slightly different versions. Some folks add to the story, some take things out. No matter, every iteration is funny.
Maybe It was because I was so tired that I laughed so hard that night. Who knows! You be the judge.
The BC Story
The story is told of a lady who was rather old-fashioned, always quite delicate and elegant, especially in her language. She and her husband were planning a week’s vacation in Florida, so she wrote to a particular campground asking for a reservation.
She wanted to make sure the campground was fully equipped but didn’t quite know how to ask about the toilet facilities. She just couldn’t bring herself to write the word “toilet” in her letter. After much deliberation, she finally came up with the old-fashioned term BATHROOM COMMODE. But when she wrote that down, she still thought she was being too forward. So she started all over again, rewrote the entire letter referring to the bathroom commode merely as the BC: “Does the campground have its own BC?” is what she actually wrote.
Well, the campground owner wasn’t old-fashioned at all and when he got the letter, he just couldn’t figure out what the woman was talking about. That BC business really stumped him. After worrying about it for a while, he showed the letter to several campers, but they couldn’t imagine what the lady meant either. So the campground owner, finally coming to the conclusion that the lady must be asking about the local Baptist Church, sat down and wrote the following reply:
I regret very much the delay in answering your letter, but I now take pleasure in informing you that a BC is located nine miles north of the campground and is capable of seating 250 people at one time. I admit it is quite a distance away if you are in the habit of going regularly, but no doubt you will be pleased to know that a great number of people take their lunches along and make a day of it. They usually arrive early and stay late.
It is such a beautiful facility and the acoustics are marvelous…even the normal delivery sounds can be heard. The last time my wife and I went was six years ago, and it was so crowded we had to stand up the whole time we were there. It may interest you to know that right now a supper is planned to raise money to buy more seats. They are going to hold it in the basement of the BC. I would like to say it pains me very much not to be able to go more regularly, but it surely is no lack of desire on my part. As we grow old, it seems to be more of an effort, particularly in cold weather. If you do decide to come down to our campground, perhaps I could go with you the first time you go, sit with you, and introduce you to all the other folks. Remember, this is a friendly community.
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