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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Clean (ish)

After the final attack we heard the words we'd been longing to hear. A word that brings a smile to your face not matter what the exercise has been like.

"ENDEX."

The next couple of hours were spent picking up empty bullet cases (it's more the fact that the MOD makes a packet from all that brass rather than us being environmentally friendly), making sure we hadn't lost anything important (like the odd rifle), and generally sorting ourselves out.

After that it was back to the temporary accomodation and soon we were in our own time.

I'd been thinking about a hot shower for a couple of days now.

I'd like to say that I spent the next hour under a scalding hot power shower. I like to say it soaked away the aches and pains from the last couple of weeks. I'd like to say that after it was over my hair would have passed muster in a VO5 commerical.

In actual fact I spent about 5 minutes standing under a shower nozzle that dripped a rather pathetic amount of tepid water down my neck. I spent the 5 minutes with a queue of other blokes asking if I'd finished yet. I spent the 5 minutes watching a muddy puddle appear on the shower basin as two weeks accumulated grime began to disappear.

It may not have been the shower I'd planned but I still got out feeling a different man.*

* - (And no phnar phnar comments about me feeling men up please)

9 Comments:

Anonymous Pat said...

There used to be a youth hostel in the Lake District- maybe Borrowdale - that didn't have showers so one bathed in the river. Very exhilarating!

6:31 pm  
Blogger Homer said...

Spoilsport.

8:14 pm  
Blogger Mr. Matt said...

Ahh... yes I too am familar with the "Hey man are you done yet?" "save some for the fish" and the "stop playing with youeself!" comments from the others waiting in line to be next for that long awaited shower. But, You really do feel different after you finally get that coating of muck off of yourself. You also feel lighter too.

10:18 pm  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

Not even one little phnar?

10:33 pm  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

Which reminds me, I learnt to be verry clean with one bowl of water after hurricane Gilbert in J'ca.

10:34 pm  
Anonymous Laura said...

I feel a bit like that after a football match... though obviously not to the same degree. I tend to wait until I get home, though. There's nothing quite like your own shower.

12:25 pm  
Blogger greavsie said...

I need to get a power shower, I really do.

2:56 pm  
Blogger Growing Up said...

There's nothing like a shower to make you feel refreshed even it is only a five minute one. At least you got one. I just couldn't imagine going days without having a good wash.

4:36 pm  
Blogger Elle said...

I won't say anything then

*but grins*

2:58 pm  

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