Back in the day….

There are a number of phrases that irritate me. The title of the post is just one.

THE day. Which day? The use of ‘the’ implies that there has only ever been one day to which to refer. I want to know which day! Maybe if I drank more coffee it would make more sense. How do you feel about it? Maybe I’m just generally irritable. (Or should that be irritating?)

Anyhow, the rant got me to coffee, which is where I wanted to be. I like coffee. I like coffee when I want it! I like coffee that I like! (Yes, it should have been irritating). We use ground coffee, and every now and then we are treated to a specific bean that is exceedingly delicious! This morning I was pondering whether to order some when my mind went back even further, and I hate to say it, but the phrase ‘back in the day’ popped into my head. Of course, I immediately went and washed my brain out with soap and water so that it didn’t happen again, but I was still left with the image that had provoked the reaction.

It was a memory from primary school. Now this was in the last century (remember, Grandson is convinced I’m 175) and I had an image of the school caretaker sweeping the floor of the school hall. He had a long handled very wide broom which he pushed before him. I would swear that in front of it was a huge mound of damp coffee grounds from the staffroom which were used as a sort of magnet to collect all the dust that accumulated. Does anyone else remember something like this? Is my memory playing tricks? Was that THE day?

Answers on a postcard – or in the comments below ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for reading, and I hope your day is as good as I know mine is going to be.

17 thoughts on “Back in the day….

  1. Ahh… yes, back in THE DAY. I remember it well. Ha, isn’t it funny how some things make us get on a box and rant to the world? As for coffee grounds, I don’t think the nuns were allowed to be in a room with coffee grounds on the floor but then again — I was in the fifth grade before I realized that there was a female under the habit! (I wish I could say that was a joke!)

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  2. I don’t know which day it was, because I’m stuck on the image of soapsuds overflowing from your freshly washed brain…how many times did you need to rinse it? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a janitor using damp coffee grounds to lure dust bunnies. Maybe somebody just spilled used coffee all over the floor and left it for him to sweep up?

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  3. My school has a male janitor and there was some kind of crumbly clay stuff (like kitty litter) they sprinkled on the floor to help mop up spills.

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  4. I hope you got your brain nice and dry once you washed it out. BTW that wasn’t coffee grounds, it was a product called Dustbane. It is used to “clean and reduce airborne dust during sweeping and to ease in the removal of dust and dirt from sealed and unsealed wood, concrete and metal floors”. Yes, I’m quoting a website. My parents used this stuff at the dry cleaners and it was a treat for me to be the one “lucky enough” to sprinkle it around. Oh my, haven’t thought about that in years, and the name popped into my head as soon as I read your blog. Thanks for the memories!

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  5. I remember that broom … our janitor used that damp, green stuff Terri identified as Dustbane, meant to keep down the dust in our old one-room school house while he swept.

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  6. I’m wondering if it might have been damp sawdust, bran or even fuller’s earth? I can see in my visual memory exactly what you mean but never thought to question what it was, although I think there was some sort of smell associated with it. It wouldn’t have been coffee grounds – such things barely existed in those days for drinking, let alone anything else!

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    1. Don’t you believe it, Sue. The staff were served with coffee from a percolator. It was brown, and as it always came from the kitchen, which led off the hall, I always presumed it was the result of morning break! Oh how I wish I’d asked…… The percolator was permanently being replaced with another – there were about 20 members of staff.

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