Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Restroom Humor

By Joann M. Ringelstetter

In October, 2011, Ruth and I decided to take a three-day photography trip to our neighboring state, Minnesota. On the second day, we left our motel before dawn and spent the morning photographing two old general stores, three country churches, several metal bridges, and numerous old barns along the backroads of Winona and Filmore Counties.

Because we had spent the entire morning on the backroads, we hadn’t had the opportunity to find a restroom. It was nearing lunchtime and I told Ruth I was going to wet my pants if we didn’t find a restroom soon. She told me that we were close to Lanesboro and we could find a restroom there. However, as we approached Lanesboro, Ruth told me that there was an old metal bridge on that side of town that we should capture first because we would be heading out on the opposite side of town.

I pulled into a gravel parking area next to the bridge and told Ruth that I would take a quick picture and then we had to get to a restroom. As I said this, we noticed a porta-potty on wheels that was sitting at the edge of the parking area. And then the jokes began about how we should hook a porta-potty to the back of our car so we would never have to worry about finding a restroom when we’re on the backroads. And the more we talked about it, the more we laughed…..and the more I thought I would wet my pants. Unfortunately, the porta-potty on wheels wasn’t usable. So I snapped one shot of the bridge and we headed toward town.

As fate would have it, we passed a little bait and tackle shop that was too cute to pass up. So I again said I would take a quick shot and then we really had to get into town.

But then, I discovered that the sign said “Canoe Rental” on the other side and there were canoes stacked next to the little building. So I had to get photos from both sides.

Now I really needed to find a restroom, but then the owner of the Bait and Tackle shop came out and we got into a long conversation about his business.

Finally, we made a mad dash into town and located a restroom. And when we got back to the car, I said, “Maybe we should give some serious thought to that porta-potty on wheels!"

Happy Shunpiking!


  1. Love this - too funny! We can all relate- especially when we get chatty :)