Everyone knows about the geyser in Yosemite Park. But did you know that DC has it’s very own Old Faithful? It’s right downtown, and I discovered it last night in an explosive geological event that’s sure to get my name into the National Geographic Society.

The adventure began innocently enough, while enjoying a few pints with my fellow worker bees at a certain pseudo-Brit gastropub downtown…

At some point, two of us excused ourselves and headed to the ladies’ room. A sink’s faucet was running, but I didn’t think too much of it as I started washing my hands. But when I went to shut the water off, the handle loosely turned a full circle around and the water just kept running. “Odd,” I thought, and then suddenly the handle was pushed off by a powerful force.

Water spewed up in a giant arc, turning the ladies’ room into something resembling, oh, the fountain show at Bellagio. The water shot out wildly, dousing my hair and momentarily trapping my poor co-worker in a stall. We scampered out, squealing for help, as the water continued to wreck havoc.

The first waiter I grabbed and told breathlessly about the ladies’ room geyser merely raised his eyebrows in a nonchalant manner. No doubt my soaked and bedraggled state made him think I was just a babbling fool. Or maybe it was old news to him. Maybe it happens all the time, like clockwork, just like at Yosemite.

I think I’ll name it Old Shepherd.

5 Comments so far

  1. jen m. (unregistered) on January 27th, 2006 @ 11:58 am

    that sounds like that scene in “the sweetest thing” without the glory hole (thank goodness, for your friend’s sake). did you then strip down to your granny underwear and in desperation end up buying fugly lamé dresses because no other clothing stores were open?

    can we even write “glory hole” here? am i already getting myself in trouble after only two days of posting at metroblogging dc?

  2. Don (unregistered) on January 27th, 2006 @ 12:03 pm

    Don’t worry JM, if I can use the word bukakke I see no reason you can’t say glory hole.

  3. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on January 27th, 2006 @ 12:34 pm

    That’s Metroblogging DC, your source for glory holes and bukkake…

  4. Jonathan (unregistered) on January 27th, 2006 @ 2:08 pm

    um, I believe that famous geyser resides in Yellowstone, not Yosemite. Close though, they’re both west of the Mississippi…

  5. Jenn L (unregistered) on January 27th, 2006 @ 2:26 pm

    Gosh, you’re right, Jonathan. It’s Yellowstone, not Yosemite. I really must be a babbling fool after all! Or just a victim of inside-the-beltway narrowmindedness…

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