I spotted a Shewee in our local Millet store and decided to quiz the shop assistant and his manager about the virtues of such an odd contraption. Apparently, they are quite essential on safari if one does not want to run the risk of being eaten by a lion or attacked by some other wild creature when one answers the call of nature in the middle of the night.
The advice is to practice in the shower first. “In the shower?!” I could tell that AH did not find that thought in the least bit attractive.
He was reminded by one of the lads that he had the chance to practice using his “equipment” from an early age, whereas I didn’t have this advantage. (There is this joke that God was only playing around when He was creating Adam. I can see why people think that Eve is an improved version, but we could have really done with the equipment of dealing more easily with the call of nature...)
The hard plastic tube of the Shewee is a poor imitation of the real thing, but after hearing about the lions, I know that the question of whether to Shewee or not to Shewee will have to be answered with a resounding “yes”.
I decided to get the upgraded version (longer tube!) on the internet. It arrived on 27th July. The size and weight of the package is about the same as for my glasses. However, that’s where the similarities end.
First difference: The colour! Bright pink!!! (I thought the Shewee was meant to help us women to do our business in a discreet manner...)
Wild animals apparently LOVE bright colours, so I can only hope that the Shewee does not attract any unwanted attention. (I read in an overland blog how a group of 5 women crouching in the bush were visited by a snake, so being able to stand up – ready to run!!!! – by using a Shewee is got to be an improvement!)
I had my first practice run over the toilet. Let’s just say things didn’t quite run as expected (and next time I am practicing in a shower).
I still have more than 2 weeks to get things right. Pray for me!!! (Haven’t used the Shewee since the first failed attempt – it doesn’t help that AH pulls a disgusted face whenever I mention the equipment...)