Highrise Hijinks.

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Kind of an inside joke – my sister and I both worked at The Clorox Company in Oakland, at their corporate highrise on Broadway. While I was there, working in the Creative Services department, I’d done a photo shoot with a lot of Pine-Sol product, and ended up with a few gallons of it that I needed to get rid of. I was working long hours, and was pretty beat, with a long commute back into the city coming – so I went to the men’s bathroom and dumped the leftover Pine-Sol down a toilet and flushed.

Big mistake. I didn’t realize it at the time, but when the offending load of cleanser hit the lowest point of gravity in the building – the basement – it exploded into a massive cloud of foam, blowing out pipes and flooding the mailroom and basement facilities with lemon and original scent Pine-Sol foam. Maybe some ‘rain fresh’ as well. My boss at the time, who is a great guy, sucked it up and shielded me from full-on trouble…

Live and learn.


  1. Sister Jane
    Posted June 13, 2007 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    Dear brother, I do feel the need to clarify! YOUR incident led to the roof explosion – turning the Oakland highrise into a mini Mt. Everest – fit for summer skiing. MY incident (due to a combination of Pine-Sol, 409, Fresh Shower and many more fine products flushed together down the women’s toilets) caused the basement explosion and disgruntled employees. Hey, the way I look at it, they got a day off and together we started the toxic-free mandate. ‘Ever the environmentalists, we are!

    See Jane blush!

  2. Mrs. Hotaling
    Posted July 31, 2007 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    Dear Peter, I do feel the need to clarify! Remember when you were in my class (Sixth Grade/The Dommerich School) and we talked about the differences between ‘cent,’ ‘sent,’ and ‘scent’? Please correct the spelling error in your post and then write ‘scent’ on the blackboard 50 times. Some day you’ll thank me for this, I promise.

    Mrs. Hotaling

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