Okay, guys. I’ve kind of decided to start a new series here we’ll call How To (my creative abilities are impressive, I know). I’m going to give you step-by-step guides encompassing my many talents of doing really simple; ordinary shit—we’ll get to that specific “shit” one in another post though. I digress…
Here is my how-to guide for taking showers in Malaysia:
1. Get Dirty- What’s a shower without a little dirt to wash off? You’re in luck. Backpacking will provide you with enough skankiness to make the Walmart hall-of-fame list for years to come.
2. Book a Hostel Room- You’re going to need an actual shower for this whole thing to work out. As interesting of a story as it would be, I wouldn’t recommend rolling around in the local drainage ditches. For one, they look like poop-chutes of terror (also, for some reason they are always completely uncovered and just ready for unsuspecting children to tumble into) and for two, you will most likely emerge from your “bath” with a brand new batch of dysentery or something. So let’s stick to conventional bathing.
3. Let’s Start that Shower- You would think this would be the simple part. But alas, this step must be divided into several sub-steps in order to catalog its process:
- Locate a shelf of some kind to set your shampoo bottles, etc. onto.
- Why the hell aren’t there shelves in here? I guess I’ll just set them on the floor.
- Alright, let’s get this water going. Let’s see, here’s the hot water knob, we’ll go ahead and get a good temperature going here…
- Fuck, that’s incredibly cold. Must take a minute for it to get warm.
- Any minute now…
- It is becoming clear to me now that this water is not going to be getting any warmer. Why did they even bother with a hot water valve? Why not just put a garden hose in here and hang it from the ceiling?
- Okay, I’m just gonna go for it.
- FUCKTHATFUCKTHATFUCKTHAT- jump backwards like a gazelle escaping a predator… That water is freezing.
- Stand in corner of the shower stall and stare at the water, contemplating options…
- This whole shower feels like it’s coated in some type of disease or virus. I am really going to have to wash myself off at some point.
- I am doing this. I am doing this. I am doing this.
- Lose all confidence the second the water touches your skin… lean forward so that you can wash your hair.
- Fling your body under the water haphazardly, quickly cover yourself in soap and scrub with all available limbs as if you’re being stung by a thousand bees.
- Turn off water.
- Catch your breath.
- Gather shower bag and exit shower.
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