Just trying to “Keep Austin Weird”

April 8th, 2008 · 135 comments

Sure, those luxury condos going up all over downtown Austin might look swanky, but our anonymous Austin submitter says her building offers plenty of exciting local color you won’t find in those glass-and-steel towers.

Perks include: 1) the building’s property manager, a character known for his impassioned screeds about everything from trash cans to expired vehicle registrations, and 2) a recurring sewage back-up that flows into the downstairs bathrooms of all the units. Rock ‘n’ roll, dude!

RE: Sewage back-up

“The roto-rooter has said repeatedly that the backup is caused by roots growing into the sewer system,” our submitter says, but that explanation didn’t seem to satisfy her tireless PM. Now he’s offering tenants flexible lease arrangements, too!

related: A filthy hap pit

FILED UNDER: all clogged up · Austin · CAPS LOCK · landlords and property managers · toilet


135 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Canthz_B bang

    Illegal tampons?
    Now that is a strict community!

    Apr 8, 2008 at 1:46 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   KittyKat

      Probably some of those natural Indian-hair tampons!

      Apr 8, 2008 at 3:09 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #2   Mishee bang

    I find that flushing illegal objects down the toilet is the best way to be rid them when the cops are busting down the door!

    Well worth the $150!!

    Apr 8, 2008 at 1:48 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   Centaurea

      Who knew that baby wipes, tampons, and paper towels were illegal! It’s like Soviet Russia, without the communism.

      Apr 8, 2008 at 2:12 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.2   Canthz_B bang

      Wha?? :???:

      Apr 8, 2008 at 2:26 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #3   unholyghost2003 bang

    I find that lawsuits regarding harassment and unsanitary living conditions are the best way to afford that new neighborhood.

    Apr 8, 2008 at 1:57 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

     
  • #4   Nathaniel

    Somehow I think the Austin tenant’s Council might have something to say about him trying to charge residents extra for normal maintenance expenses.

    Apr 8, 2008 at 2:01 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #5   Canthz_B bang

    Is “…find a way to cancel your lease…” the same as “…make you an offer you can’t refuse.”?

    Apr 8, 2008 at 2:01 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   Suhayla

      Yes.

      Apr 8, 2008 at 2:09 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #6   amazon bang

    At my previous building, we used to get notices that whenever they were cleaning the pipes, people on the first floor should stuff rags in their drains to prevent back flow.

    Team live on the top floor!

    Apr 8, 2008 at 2:02 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   amazon bang

      p.s. I love Google ads! My ad at the bottom is for “Hydroman Rooter.” Maybe PM should call them…

      Apr 8, 2008 at 2:04 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.2   Mishee bang

      My google ad is for a “San Mateo Plumber” – how in the heck does google know where I am near?? I didn’t tell them! (on this thread at least!)

      Apr 8, 2008 at 2:09 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.3   amy d bang

      I have an ad for “Emergency Rent Money” and “Plumbing austin”. Plumbing austin sounds like a Porn movie.

      Apr 8, 2008 at 2:24 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.4   Mike

      The geeky reason is reverse DNS lookup. Your ISP has location information in the domain name.

      Apr 8, 2008 at 2:35 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.5   RunBarbara

      I have Hydroman Rooter, which sounds like a very strict enema. Or a plumber.

      Apr 8, 2008 at 2:38 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.6   marcopuffin bang

      Mine says: “Drainage problems? High Pressure Water Jetting, CCTV… and much more” Is the CCTV to pin down the illegal flusher? Should the PM call them in?

      Apr 8, 2008 at 2:57 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.7   marcopuffin bang

      PS Mike, don’t kill the magic…

      Apr 8, 2008 at 3:01 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.8   Quite Contrary

      My ad is Landlord 101! What??? We’re supposed to be like this guy??

      Apr 8, 2008 at 5:11 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.9   Top Floor Sewage Problem

      Hey, I lived on the TOP floor of an apartment in ’02 in Austin, and we had sewage back into our bathtub and sit there for 3 days before management decided to do something about it.

      Aug 24, 2008 at 10:11 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #7   GhostWriter bang

    Blame it on the baby wipes and tampons. Single mothers have had it too good for too long.

    Apr 8, 2008 at 2:17 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #8   Suhayla

    Tampons and baby wipes are clogging the drains? Perhaps the tenants will have to start doing like they do in other countries (with poor plumbing) and put ALL waste in the garbage, including their used TP. Maybe they should start shitting in the garbage too.

    Apr 8, 2008 at 2:19 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   Canthz_B bang

      You’re kidding, right?!

      PLEASE…tell me you’re kidding!! Used TP?? 8-O

      Apr 8, 2008 at 2:32 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.2   RunBarbara

      I already do that (for fun). Im keeping my pipes healthy incase I ever need to flush anything away from the prying eyes of The Law.

      Apr 8, 2008 at 2:37 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.3   tragically mep bang

      You should get out more! You haven’t lived until you have visited a public washroom with full wastebaskets of used TP.

      Apr 8, 2008 at 2:40 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.4   secondsout bang

      Yes, CB, believe it or not. Visit a 3rd world country where the plumbing is not so good, and they’ll ask you to throw the used TP in the trash can, not down the toilet. You might think it’s gross, but it’s not near as gross as the toilet overflowing and flooding your house.

      Apr 8, 2008 at 3:03 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.5   marcopuffin bang

      In some countries, you have to put the used toilet paper in a specially placed basket by the side of the toilet

      Apr 8, 2008 at 3:05 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.6   Wade bang

      Ah, used TP in the wastebasket. That brings back memories of my time in Central America.

      And you thought vomit in the urinal was unpleasant.

      Apr 8, 2008 at 3:06 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.7   marcopuffin bang

      secondsout, you don’t have to go as far as a third world country for this experience, apparently!

      Apr 8, 2008 at 3:10 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.8   KittyKat

      We have a guy at work whose septic system is a pipe that drains out in the woods – totally not kidding.

      Apr 8, 2008 at 3:14 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.9   secondsout bang

      My brother, who’s finishing up his Ph.D. in demographic studies, tells me that statistically, there are more homes in the US with TV sets, than homes with running water. Priorities…

      Apr 8, 2008 at 4:21 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.10   RunBarbara

      Maybe there are international p/a notes about throwing the wrong things in the TP bins…one can only hope. *squeal*

      Apr 8, 2008 at 4:36 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.11   Canthz_B bang

      I popped in to Nogales (Mexico) once. Now I know what that odor was.
      Well, thanks guys and gals. Ya learn something new here every day! :-D
      This also explains why the terrorists hate us…our plumbing!

      Apr 8, 2008 at 7:32 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.12   park rose bang

      However, CB, in the Middle East and great parts of the rest of Asia, water is the preferred way of cleaning – so, it might not be the plumbing, because there is no smelly, dirty toilet paper to be gotten rid of. :) :D

      Apr 8, 2008 at 7:38 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.13   Canthz_B bang

      Afghanistan doesn’t look like the bidet capital of the world to me! LOL

      But I get your meaning, rose. ;-)

      Apr 8, 2008 at 8:12 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.14   Troy McClure bang

      Maybe Afghanistan isn’t one of the great parts of Asia. :smile:

      Apr 8, 2008 at 9:45 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.15   park rose bang

      You and your semantics, Mr. McClure. Good to see you resurfacing. That’s kind of keeping within the theme of this thread… ;)

      Apr 9, 2008 at 12:02 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.16   unholyghost2003 bang

      secondsout,

      Honest question for you/your brother. In the whole running water/TV ratio thing, is that counting vacation homes? I only ask because most Buck Camp Cabins I can think of would have a battery powered TV, but only pit toilets.

      Apr 9, 2008 at 10:11 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #9   amy d bang

    The PM is the king of awkwardly worded sentences.

    Apr 8, 2008 at 2:23 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #10   claw71 bang

    I grew up with crap like this. My parents would mete out mass punishments if they couldn’t identify the culprit. The difference is that this is the real world and a lease is a legal contract that makes it impossible to enforce the provisions included in this letter.

    The use of bold face, caps and multiple exclamation marks is a dead give away that this note has no legal value. You could flush automotive parts down the toilet and this clown couldn’t do a thing about it.

    Apr 8, 2008 at 2:29 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   marcopuffin bang

      If they flushed the note would it finish off the plumbing entirely? A fitting end for both.

      Apr 8, 2008 at 3:07 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #11   secondsout bang

    I like the bit about how one can’t help oneself but to flush illegal objects.

    It’s my disability. I suffer from chronic compulsive-baby-wipe-flushing-syndrome. I hoped the landlord would make a reasonable accommodation for my disability, but no. I’m filing a lawsuit.

    Apr 8, 2008 at 2:30 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   Canthz_B bang

      The worst part is suffering that affliction and having no children. The shame which accompanies each wipe purchase must be unbearable!

      Apr 8, 2008 at 2:39 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.2   Sue Do Nim bang

      So, if I can’t help myself in flushing illegal objects, will the PM help me flush them? Jeeze, I can’t do everything myself.

      Apr 8, 2008 at 3:26 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.3   Bellabeastie

      Sure he will, but it’s gonna cost you $150.

      Apr 8, 2008 at 5:16 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #12   RunBarbara

    What? No one is going to remark at how fucking delicious those illegal tampons were?

    Apr 8, 2008 at 2:36 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #13   honeyedhemlock bang

    Prove those tampons belonged to me, ya bastich.

    Apr 8, 2008 at 2:50 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #14   Mishee bang

    At least he doesn’t have issues with tenants regurgitating to no extent all over the place!

    Apr 8, 2008 at 2:52 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   RunBarbara

      “regurgitating to no extent” made me spit tea out of my nose. i mean, really, how much CAN one regurgitate? are they a bottomless pit of spoiled food just erupting like a digestive Vesuvius?

      Apr 8, 2008 at 4:48 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.2   Mark

      ‘Tis but a wafer theen meent!

      Apr 8, 2008 at 6:20 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.3   RunBarbara

      Better get a bucket.

      Apr 8, 2008 at 8:08 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #15   GhostWriter bang

    Hold up- it that Satan’s signature? I’ve heard he uses batwings instead of a heart at the end.

    ‘least that’s how he did it on my contract.

    Apr 8, 2008 at 3:04 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   Suhayla

      Mine’s signed “sucka”.

      Apr 8, 2008 at 3:26 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #16   Wade bang

    While not flushing the proscribed items will help, if they have roots in the pipes it will continue to overflow, not matter what.

    Team Spend A Few Bucks For Maintenance And Replace The Pipe, Scrooge

    Apr 8, 2008 at 3:11 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #17   Heidi

    Big brother can track your toliets!! He knows whos flushing the illegal tampons!

    Apr 8, 2008 at 3:50 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #18   aaa

    Illegal objects? Like condoms of coke?

    Apr 8, 2008 at 4:32 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #19   KittyKat

    Just exactly where can you NOT flush tampons down the toilet? Perhaps not the applicators, but tampons??? I’ve been to China and India and flushed tampons, but I can’t flush tampons in freaking Texas? I’ll open the floodgates . . . . When did Texas become a psuedonym for Hell?

    Apr 8, 2008 at 4:50 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   Sue Do Nim bang

      When fire ants arrived, Texas officially became a pseudonym for Hell.

      Apr 8, 2008 at 5:20 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.2   secondsout bang

      Have you ever been in Texas in August?
      Have you ever talked to Texans about how awesome they think Texas is?
      Don’t forget, they’re responsible for GW Bush.
      Yes, my friends, Texas is something approaching Hell.

      Apr 8, 2008 at 7:58 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.3   bellabeastie

      Hence the satanic scribbled signature of the control freak psycho PM.

      Must be a native.

      Apr 9, 2008 at 8:59 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #20   Garcy

    Actually, um, flushing tampons down the toilet is a very bad idea many places. It’s one of the most common reasons for toilet backup and major plumbing problems.

    More common when you’re on a septic system, but nonetheless, how can other women not know about this? I knew this when I was 12 and had no plumber in the family, just a mom who had brains.

    Since then the amount of dorms, apartments, and houses I’ve stayed in where clueless women have flushed their tampons down the system and “broken” the plumbing can be counted on more than one hand.

    Ladies, this is your chance to become educated. Do as women who use sanitary napkins do and learn to frickin’ wrap your tampon in some toilet tissue or Kleenex and gently place in the trash. I assure you that if you do this it’s not yucky, it’s actually doing a public service – others will be able to enjoy the benefits of plumbing that works.

    Garcy

    Apr 8, 2008 at 5:59 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #20.1   Suhayla

      I take shits bigger than tampons. please.

      Apr 8, 2008 at 7:07 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.2   park rose bang

      Tampons expand and asborb. Shit doesn’t. Shit should break down. Tampons don’t.

      Apr 8, 2008 at 7:27 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.3   jlhmm

      yes, but tampons do not break apart/decompose in the water like your poops do.

      lovely thread.

      Apr 8, 2008 at 7:32 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.4   park rose bang

      That’s the thing on the end of the tampon, right? ;)

      Apr 8, 2008 at 7:34 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.5   mamason bang

      “Tampons expand and asborb. Shit doesn’t.”

      Depends on how much fibre you eat! ;-)

      Apr 8, 2008 at 7:35 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.6   park rose bang

      Once it’s in the bowl, Mama, once it’s in the bowl. :)
      Though, if I put my imagination to work…

      Apr 8, 2008 at 8:24 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.7   Cristina

      I completely agree with you Garcy. However I had to learn the hard way. As a 13 year-old and still not aware pipe-destructive abilities of tampons, I backed up the toilet. My parents thought it would be a good lesson to let me clean it out. The bin is a much, much better option.

      As for the rest of you, haven’t you ever heard of sanitary bins? Those special recepticals with a pop-open shute that leads down to the bin filled with chemicals that stop the odour and blood-borne diseases. With new ones all you have to do is wave your hand over the motion sensor for the shute to open up, so you don’t even have to touch anything! The only places I don’t see these bins are in homes. I’m surprised that in such a developed country, you’re telling me that you still only have a choice between the bowl or an open waste-paper basket?

      Apr 9, 2008 at 4:04 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.8   aaa

      For a developed country, the US is way behind on a lot of things.

      Apr 9, 2008 at 7:07 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.9   summer

      Cesspools, ceptic systems, like most other systems in society are designed to trap women, oppress them , and blame them. Geez, don’t you people know anything! Garcy, you have internalized this!! I bet you don’t wear clothes that show too much skin either, and you only walk with a man if you go out in public!

      Apr 9, 2008 at 9:21 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.10   park rose bang

      Are you joking, summer? Because I don’t flush my tampons down the toilet, all of a sudden I’m wearing a burka??? :? 8O

      Apr 9, 2008 at 11:09 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.11   PixelPerfect

      I only go out in public with my man if I can walk at least 10 steps behind him…

      No way do I want anyone thinking I’m his equal!

      Apr 9, 2008 at 11:27 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.12   Canthz_B bang

      summer, forgive my male ignorance, but aren’t tampons supposed to be “internalized”?

      Just my little contribution to “The Tampon Monologues:-P

      Apr 9, 2008 at 12:17 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.13   amy d bang

      Nice one, CB.

      I believe the Monologues were tranformed into a dialogue a ways back. ;)

      Apr 9, 2008 at 12:24 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.14   Summer

      Speaking of Burka’s, what do you think those women use that time of the month,and can they FLUSH IT?!?!?!

      Apr 9, 2008 at 4:15 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.15   frostedflake

      to christina (20.7)
      what are these chutes you speak of? that open with a wave of the hand? what country are you located in, because i’m in USA, and i have traveled thru a few states on both the east coast and the west coast, been to cities much larger-and more sophisticated-than the one in which i live, but not once have i ever seen these chutes. the best i’ve seen are the little baggies they supply. apparently, the best of our modernization is the self-flush toilet….that either flushes while you’re still sitting on it, or doesn’t flush at all, or flushes so hard you get sprayed with droplets…

      Jul 1, 2009 at 3:02 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #21   bah

    Perhaps a few tampons through the post would change his mind.

    Apr 8, 2008 at 6:03 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #22   mamason bang

    Oh, you better watch out, you better not try
    Flushin’ tampons, I’m tellin’ you why
    Rotoman is coming to town.
    He’s making a list and checking it twice.
    He’s gonna find out who’s flushin’ those wipes.
    Rotoman is coming to town.
    He sees you when you’re peeing
    He knows just when you “make”
    He knows when you are men’strating
    So don’t make him bring his snake. Oh!
    You better watch out, you better not try
    Flushin’ tampons, I’m tellin’ you why
    Rotoman is coming to town.

    Apr 8, 2008 at 7:31 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #22.1   Canthz_B bang

      Nice period piece! ;-)

      Apr 8, 2008 at 8:23 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.2   park rose bang

      CB and Mama, :lol: . It flows really well.

      Apr 8, 2008 at 8:26 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #23   mamason bang

    Apr 8, 2008 at 7:34 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #24   claw71

    Funny thing about poop, fiber and sewage treatment. Many municipal treatment plants are lamenting the sudden surge in undigested bits like flax seeds. Apparently these things are clogging the filters at a rapid pace forcing unscheduled maintenance.

    Apr 8, 2008 at 7:43 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #24.1   Wade bang

      not to mention the pharmaceuticals we are “passing” though into the system.

      Apr 8, 2008 at 8:01 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.2   RunBarbara

      Would those pharmaceuticals be considered “substance”? Because Im pretty sure that I smell substance in the hall.

      Apr 8, 2008 at 8:33 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.3   Ross U. Ridge bang

      I am a man of substance.

      Apr 8, 2008 at 9:49 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.4   Mark

      I’d be really surprised at this. Yes, I am in fact a wastewater design engineer. Any medium-sized (> 1 million gallons per day or so) sewage treatment plant will have screens and what are called “grit separators” in the headworks, the inlet of the plant. The screens will remove larger things like condoms, rags, tampons (if they get that far without clogging the pipes), etc, and the grit separators will remove smallish dense things like flax seeds, sand, kitty litter, etc.

      Also, it is pretty rare to actually *filter* wastewater. Generally, it gets digested very well by bacteria, and then disinfected (by chlorine or UV light, generally), and then discharged to the nearest waterbody that is sufficiently far from the nearest drinking water intake.

      Anyway, there’s your engineering lesson for the day… I know, TMI…

      Apr 9, 2008 at 9:53 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.5   anglophile bang

      I was once told by a wastewater engineer: “The solution to pollution is dilution.”

      I try not to think about it too much. :P

      Apr 9, 2008 at 9:56 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #25   Barbara

    you know, I got a similar note and it was NOT my tampon because I know better than to flush those. I was pissed and told my landlord there was no way they could charge me and they’d have to prove it was MY tampon that clogged it, but even if there were a tampon the DNA would be all mixed up in the main sewer line. Dammit.

    Apr 8, 2008 at 8:31 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #25.1   RunBarbara

      two barbaras? i thought i was so unique. my dreams are crushed. *le sigh*

      Apr 8, 2008 at 8:37 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #26   clownsnack

    this has to be 2020 so. congress — right???
    i use to live there on the ground floor and i moved out when sewage backed up through the drain in the tub

    Apr 8, 2008 at 10:06 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #26.1   katexas

      I was thinking 3403 Speedway. I lived on the *top* floor there and had sewage back up into my bathtub and sit there for 3 days before maintenance decided to do something about it.

      Aug 24, 2008 at 10:06 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #27   Sarah bang

    Just in case you haven’t paid attention to the letters I have posted, here’s yet another letter with slightly larger typeface. That’ll show ‘em!

    Apr 8, 2008 at 10:57 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #28   ian in hamburg

    What is PA about this? It’s from an identifiable source, it addresses a particular problem, it issues a clear warning and offers an alternative to those who don’t want to toe the line. A scribbled message on a telephone pole would be passive-aggressive, not this.

    Apr 9, 2008 at 4:20 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #28.1   Wade bang

      oh, let’s see, ian.

      1. while flushing the items in question is not recommended, it is certainly not illegal.

      2. whoever is flushing the items has no real incentive to stop, since the cost of cleaning the pipe will be shared by all tenants, even those who are unlikely to be flushing the items in question.

      3. the note is an attempt to deal with the problem on the cheap, because as I noted above (#16), the pipe will continue to back up until it is replaced, regardless of what goes down it.

      Not to mention the not so veiled threats, and blustering, sarcastic tone.

      Yeah. I think it qualifies.

      Apr 9, 2008 at 5:57 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #28.2   amy d bang

      Wade, you forgot to sign your post with:

      Hope this helps!!!

      Wade

      Apr 9, 2008 at 6:05 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #29   park rose bang

    Hope this helps!!!

    Wade
    :D :D ♥ ♥ :D :D

    I know it was a man to man chat, but it ain’t P.A. without the hearts and smilies :D

    Apr 9, 2008 at 6:11 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #30   leegyrl

    Around here the sewer workers call flushed tampons “sewer rats,” and it is apparently quite a nasty problem.

    Apr 9, 2008 at 6:26 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #31   JudgeJudi

    Isn’t raw sewage flooding your apartment a legal reason for breaking your lease? In fact, I would think you could sue for moving costs. What does he think the rent is to go for? The rent money is supposed to go first for upkeep on the property, anything left over is profit. Down with scumlords!
    Time to pull out your lease.

    Apr 9, 2008 at 6:51 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #31.1   Canthz_B bang

      Your rent goes towards the payment of the mortgage on the property, then property taxes, then salaries, then office expenses, then property maintenance, then profits.

      I’ll bet I left something out, like insurance and utilities, but I’m sure there’s still a tidy profit to be made.

      Apr 9, 2008 at 12:31 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #32   claw71 bang

    Is it just me or does this pretty much reaffrim the sentiment that we’d all be better off if we’d have just let Santa Anna take Texas? Do you suppose Mexico would want it now?

    Apr 9, 2008 at 7:13 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #32.1   Mishee bang

      Well, claw, after seeing this chart I would think Mexico would take a pass on it… especially when G.W. Bush is going back there in January (thank GOD!)

      Apr 9, 2008 at 8:16 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #32.2   bellabeastie

      WOW !! That was so perfectly, beautifully non-p.c. So when GW goes back which one is he?

      Team You Pick Cuz I Can’t Decide

      Apr 9, 2008 at 8:39 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #32.3   claw71 bang

      There is an awful lot of overcompensating going on in Texas. All the strip clubs, big trucks and shotgun racks bely a considerable degree of pent up homosexual frustration.

      Apr 9, 2008 at 9:35 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #33   Anonymous

    This is actually in North Austin, not on Congress.

    The Austin sewers are AWESOME citywide.

    Apr 9, 2008 at 8:59 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #33.1   claw71 bang

      Wow that’s really something to hang your hat on. Is that on the signs?

      I guess Austin needs to have a great sewer system seeing as how most Texans are full of shit.

      Apr 9, 2008 at 9:39 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #33.2   anonymous...e

      Wow, and you’re from f-ing Columbus, Ohio.

      Apr 13, 2008 at 9:34 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #34   mmm

    TEAM Diva cup and posting about menstrual flow. Ladies, who gives a shit..heh heh that tampons clog drains, the real problem is that they dry you out and create little cuts in your vag. Use a safe hypo-allergenic silicone Diva cup and collect your menstrual blood in a little cup to splatter like paint in the toilet or pour down the sink if you share a bathroom with a guy! yeay. No more clogged drains and how many of you have actually seen your menstrual blood unabsorbed, undiluted? It’s enlightening.

    Apr 9, 2008 at 11:22 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #34.1   Mishee bang

      I can’t decide if this post is really pro-feminism, an advertisement, or just plain creepy…

      I’m gonna go with the hairs on the back of my neck, and vote creepy…

      Apr 9, 2008 at 11:42 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #34.2   mamason bang

      Mishee, I don’t think you have to choose. This post is a creepy, pro-fem ad!

      Apr 9, 2008 at 11:49 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #34.3   unholyghost2003 bang

      I have heard of those things, though I have mostly heard of them in the context of super outdoorsy women … you know, so you can go camping and what not when you are on your period and not have to drag along tampons/pads or have a bunch of used tampons/pads around that might attract wildlife. The whole “use your menstrual blood for guerrilla attacks in the battle of the sexes” is just creepy.

      Apr 9, 2008 at 11:59 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #34.4   mamason bang

      Okay, I just checked online and here are some examples of the testimonials…

      “By me being The Diva that I am, I wear what The Divas wear and that is The DivaCup!” Women need to be more open minded and get over the fact that your period is not gross, it is very natural. Every female in the world should own a DivaCup and once you get over the steep learning curve, it will be the best thing your vagina has ever experienced! I LOVE MY DIVACUP AND YOU CAN’T HAVE IT BACK….smiles!!!!!!

      Carolyn from Chicago, USA

      *poor Carolyn if Diva cups are the best thing her vagina’s ever experienced* :cry:

      Truly the best invention since sliced bread has been found!!!!

      First off, I am not a gusher; it’s just not an aspect of my personality, BUT…Oh My God! I L-O-V-E my new Diva cup!! More women need to know about this product. It’s phenomenal.

      * ” I’m not a gusher”… I thought she was talking about her flow* 8-O

      * and this one could be a member of our PAN song/poetry club* :-P

      Diva, this is for you:
      Because of this Diva I don,
      I am no longer a slave to the ‘pon
      It fills me with glee,
      To know that I’m free,
      And saving this world we live on.

      I go through my day with ease,
      There is no string there to tease,
      It catches it all,
      Before it does fall,
      I now live without boundaries.

      So now when I go to the John,
      There’s nothing for me to check on!
      And it is so great,
      To know that my fate,
      Is not in a Kotex nap’kon.

      Diva must have come from the gods,
      I think they have the best odds,
      To have made something great,
      That seems so innate,
      And all who know share applause!

      Clare from Alaska

      Apr 9, 2008 at 12:01 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #34.5   Mishee bang

      HO.LY SHIIIIIT… wow…

      that poem really gets to the heart of the matter…

      wow..

      Apr 9, 2008 at 12:11 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #34.6   amy d bang

      DIVA CUP ???

      OMG 8-O

      Apr 9, 2008 at 12:11 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #34.7   Mishee bang

      ok, I just found this haiku (yes, HAIKU!) on craigslist (did you know they have a “Haiku Hotel”??) and I did a search for Diva…


      the blood came Beltane,
      celebrate my diva cup,
      farewell to tampons!

      Apr 9, 2008 at 12:13 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #34.8   unholyghost2003 bang

      :?

      Apr 9, 2008 at 12:14 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #34.9   pistola

      diva cups, how clever. the mental picture it paints brings coutney love to mind not the queen of soul.

      Apr 9, 2008 at 12:38 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #34.10   Summer

      Whut?!?!?!?! I’ll take the cuts and dryness anyday. What happens if my cup runneth over????

      Apr 9, 2008 at 4:23 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #34.11   frostedflake

      just…eeeewwwww!!!!

      Jul 1, 2009 at 3:10 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #35   Mishee bang

    I went to the testimonials too, this little excerpt got me giggling..

    Thanks to y’all I was able to comfortably tour the Macchu Piccu exhibit in Tulsa without worrying about having to leave the exhibit or having leaks, in fact I didn’t have to think of anything but enjoying the tour. I also drove my Mom and Grandmother around their birthplace looking at the old places for hours with no worries.

    and

    The DivaCup is like going from dial-up internet to broadband.

    and

    My sister is in the Peace Corps, located in a remote village in Nicaragua. She asked me to keep her supplied with tampons for the next two years but I’ve ordered her a DivaCup too. It’s much easier to boil a pot of water than to dispose of tampons in a village without running water or waste management. I’ve told my mom about it, she loves it. My brother’s fiancé loves it. My best friends love it. (I’d tell my grandmother, but she’s post-menopausal) I can’t find enough women to tell.

    I might sound like a cheesy infomercial, but thank you for giving me the freedom of a convenient and safe alternative. Every girl has to know about the Diva Cup.

    HAHAHA!

    Apr 9, 2008 at 12:22 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #36   Bellabeastie

    Blech. Reminds me of when I had to use a diaphragm.

    Team I’m Sticking With the ‘Pon

    Apr 9, 2008 at 12:42 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #37   pistola

    “Oh that’s just great! You hear that, Ed? BEARS! Now you are putting the whole station in jeopardy.!”

    Apr 9, 2008 at 12:44 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #38   KittyKat

    Menstruation may be natural and all, but once blood exits the body, it IS gross.
    Or perhaps they should start making Macho Cups for boxing matches and the like. . . “Catch that nose blood, it’s NATURAL!”

    Ewwwww.

    Apr 9, 2008 at 1:20 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #39   Just flush it!

    OK, I have never heard of/experienced an issue with a tampon clogging a toilet/sewer drain. it says right on the box “flushable AND biodegradable”. me thinks if a tampon is causing a cloggage issue, there is something wrong with the big picture, not the act of flushing it. So, I’ll be continuing to flush it , thx.

    Apr 9, 2008 at 1:47 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #39.1   Summer

      Usually folks will put up a sign if their establishments toilets are not tampon friendly. Usually something like “Only flush toilet paper”, or “do not flush anything but toilet paper”. Otherwise flush away and never take blame!

      Apr 9, 2008 at 4:19 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #39.2   MacLeod

      Flushable? Well, yes. You can drop it in the toilet, push the flush lever, and it will disappear. But biodegradeable? There might be a brand of tampon out there that biodegrades at some point in the future, but I guarantee you there isn’t one that biodegrades between the toilet and the main sewer line at the street. That’s the part of a tampon’s long, strange journey that matters when it comes to nasty backups in your basement.

      Apr 10, 2008 at 12:25 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #40   mmm

    Hahaha i love this thread. I had no idea I sounded like such an ad until I reread it. Diva should seriously put me on the payroll. Then again, there are thousands of women who do much more than write a creepy post– they go the distance and write poems and shit. I’m going to try and secure my niche in Austin before they find out.

    Apr 9, 2008 at 2:37 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #41   MacLeod

    Tell your submitter that, yes, tree roots are the problem, but the reason they’re a problem is that, as they grow into the pipes, they snag all those items you’re not supposed to flush, creating the clogs that result in the sewage backups.

    This tends to be more of a problem in older, urban areas where the lines from the houses to the street are smaller, but it can happen anywhere. If you don’t flush such items, you can get away with having the main line cleared of roots every few years–maybe once a decade. But if you do flush them, you will be dealing with this nasty, expensive problem often.

    This is one of the first lessons many female first-time home owners learn.

    Apr 9, 2008 at 3:18 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #41.1   claw71 bang

      If roots are growing into your sewer line you need to get the problem fixed. It’s not cheap but it’s a serious problem waiting to happen. In addition to sewage seeping out of contained sewage lines and possibly into ground water, the roots are an indication that the sewage line is about to collapse and once that happens it’s a nasty situation for everybody.

      As for standard septic tank systems, flushing tampons is a big no-no. Septic systems rely on enzymes to dispose of waste over time. Things that don’t degrade like cellulose based paper products, diapers and tampons just bob around the septic tank forver eventually backing the whole system up.

      Apr 9, 2008 at 3:32 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #41.2   marcopuffin bang

      I live in an old building with Victorian plumbing and it happily digests tampons, baby wipes and many other illegal substances. BTW they do make biodegradeable, organic tampons these days. Never mind the sewers, they’re better for the health! Team menstruating women.

      Apr 9, 2008 at 5:25 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #42   Summer

    Anybody else get a visual of bobbing tampons and diapers?

    Apr 9, 2008 at 4:28 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #43   nestchick

    I think the tampon thread turned into more of a string.

    Apr 10, 2008 at 3:41 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #44   Anonymous

    I’ll continue to flush my ‘pons and I’ll shit on the street instead.

    Apr 10, 2008 at 2:41 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #44.1   Mishee bang

      Why not try DivaCups Anon? I hear they are awesome for your visit from Aunt Flo, so maybe they will work for taking a shadoobie…

      Apr 10, 2008 at 3:32 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #45   tom

    I would never be able to stop stabbing a building manager like that. My arm aches at the very thought.

    Texas sucks! Goodnight everybody!

    Apr 12, 2008 at 12:49 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #46   Smelly

    Texas is AWESOME but Austin is filled with weirdos. Just watch that movie Slacker for a little taste of Austin.

    Apr 13, 2008 at 9:16 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #47   Missing Lunch

    LOL – we got the same announcement at our building a year ago.

    Jun 29, 2009 at 11:02 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     

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