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      Ice Breaker – Discover Columbus Day

      Ice Breaker

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      Each week on The Stretched Blog, I ask an ice breaker question. The questions are designed to help us get to know each other here in The Stretched Community. I’ll provide my answer to the question here in the post, and then you can leave your response in the comments. While you’re in the comments section, see how others answered the ice breaker question.

      This week’s Ice Breaker is inspired by Columbus Day.  This is a day when Americans celebrate the discover of America by Christopher Columbus.  While many will question whether or not he actually discovered America, there is little doubting his pioneering spirit.  With this in mind, I hope you’ll chime in with an answer to this week’s Ice Breaker question.

      Question:  What discovery or invention are you especially thankful for today?

      My Answer:  I’m especially thankful for the invention of the toilet.  After doing a little research on Wikipedia (assuming you can trust this resource), this is an invention that has evolved over time.  Many of us in developed nations take this invention for granted.  When we were in Guatemala, they had toilets, but you couldn’t flush toilet paper down the toilet.  I’m assuming their sewer systems were not designed to handle this extra paper waste.  When you go number 2 in Guatemala, you have to put your used toilet paper in a waste container typically located next to the toilet.  It’s a little strange.

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      Needless to say, I was thankful when we returned to the United States where our toilets and sewage systems can handle our waste.  Our trip to Guatemala was a great reminder that many people in the world do not have clean water and advanced sewage systems.  This is a basic necessity that helps people stay clean and healthy.  I’m grateful for organizations which have begun to tackle these problems.

      Answer this week’s ice breaker question by leaving a comment. I look forward to reading your response! (As always, feel free to share links.) And keep STRETCHING!

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