Thursday, August 8, 2013

"let fly with the secret pleasure of a bedwetter"

“My bladder was beginning to be insistent, too, and though I was armed with my Policeman’s Friend and would have ordinarily have let fly with the secret pleasure of a bedwetter, I couldn’t see myself pissing down a tube with a lady standing six feet from me.”
    From Wallace Stegner’s Angle of Repose

The internet is surprisingly short on information about the “Policeman’s Friend” apparatus that Stegner’s narrator is describing above, but I imagine it’s a close cousin of the Stadium Pal "accessory" described by David Sedaris below. Another reason to love curmudeonly ol’ Lyman Ward:


  1. Peeing yourself, such as having power outages or tasting from surrendered exhausts when the lager runs out at a gathering is kind of a major cautioning sign that you may have an issue with liquor. That is to say, once is a mishap, yet any more than that and you may require a leaflet or something. (Eve, you might need to print that on a treat: Peeing yourself once is a mischance; peeing yourself more than once is liquor addiction.)

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