All Else Fails, Shop On The Beach
By JOHN M. DERBY
Times Founding Publisher
December 13, 2018
After 30 years even the best of toilets give out, so this
is not a complaint about the toilet, however, it had pretty
much given up the ghost.
When we went to Loreto and there was a big hardware store
which had everything under the sun, we decided that what
we needed was a new toilet. Toilets are something which
really have improved in the last 30 years. They use a lot
less water and they work.
Now we insisted on the best toilet they had, and we were
willing to pay for the best, however, as it was being loaded
the men said: “complete,” and we said “of
But the workers wanted to load a pedestal sink as well
as the toilet. We said “no just the toilet.”
They said, “No senior, this comes in only a complete
set for one special price. We can not sell you just the
Since it was already loaded we said, “Oh well we
will find a place for the sink somewhere … maybe back
in the states,” and we drove off.
The next week our repair man was about to install the toilet
when we found one problem. The tank was one color and the
bottom was another. No problem, no one will ever notice.
This is Mexico.
Then the repair man asked for silicon. We had silicon but
it was hard as a rock. So it mean’t driving 30 miles
to town and back.
“No wait,” said Kathy. “You can beach
Now why didn’t I think of that. Beach shopping is
so common in our area. We do it and others who live close
to us, do it all the time.
You need an extra egg for breakfast, go next door. You
run out of drinking water, you ask if someone can spare
a jug until you get to town.
In this case, we needed silicon and after asking a half
dozen people, we found one who had what we wanted. He didn’t
have a gun to shoot it with but we had a gun. So all went
well until we tried to installed the seat.
Wouldn’t you know the seat we had was about an inch
and a half shorter than the new toilet required. The thought
crossed our mind: Have butts really gotten that much bigger?
Now there is a limit to our beach shopping habits.
There is no way we are going around the beach community
and asking if someone had a long toilet seat!