February 19th, 2020

Radio Ramblings: Rolling without changes

By Steve Krysak on September 5, 2019.

In homes and businesses across Medicine Hat there’s an issue that ruins lives and puts a strain on relationships. Many of the victims suffer in silence and it’s quite possible the offender has no idea they did anything wrong.

Of course I’m talking about people who don’t replace an empty toilet paper or paper towel roll.

Who do you people think you are? Above the law? I’m reminded of the old CJCY building on Dunmore Road. At least once a month I’d try to exit the staff washroom but stop dead in my tracks. Freshly washed hands dripping onto the floor as I stare at the empty paper towel dispenser. Meantime, a brand new roll has been desecrated and casually tossed onto the counter. I could usually see the damp handprints of the last two people who chose to ignore the simple fact there was an empty dispenser and proceeded to just rip pieces from this free-range roll.


Is it because we have such a hectic work schedule, there’s no time in our busy day to do the right thing? Wrong! To prove this theory I timed myself (true story) and it took no more than 20 seconds to grab a new paper towel roll from under the sink and lock it securely behind its protective layer of plastic. Just 20 seconds! I’m sure a lot of people can’t even log into Facebook that fast. My CJCY co-host John Carter can’t even get off the couch in that amount of time.

Thankfully this dilemma ended when CJCY moved to its new home in Strachan Bay. However, the problem has reared it ugly head in a slightly different form, much closer to home. In fact, next to my own sacred throne.

How many other people have answered the call of nature within their private sanctuary, only to discover nothing but a cardboard tube dangling beside you. No doubt a full toilet paper roll has been flung next to the sink, covered with spots of backsplash from the person who only had the time of day to wash their hands. Once again, I timed myself (true story). In a properly stocked and accessible bathroom, the TP can be changed in six seconds flat. That’s less time than it takes UFC ring announcer Bruce Buffer to yell “iiiiIIIIIT’S TIME!”

I guess what I’m trying to say is whether at home or the office, taking a few extra seconds to do the right thing can make a huge difference in someone’s day. A wise man once told me, “Happy Wipe, Happy Life.” Or was that “Happy Wife, Happy Life.” Either way, you’re going to win.

Steve Krysak is half of CJCY Mornings with John & Steve, on your radio 6-10 a.m. weekdays and 7-10 a.m. Saturdays at 102.1 FM and cjcyfm.com.

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