I guess that all things considered I should probably look on the bright side of things, even though it sure seemed like a catastrophe to start with. The big thing is that we were going to have visitors over and that meant that I did not have time for fooling about, so I had to find an emergency plumber in Bergen county NJ to come and fix the pipes that were leaking beneath the toilet and the shower. The house is getting old, it was built in the early 70's and that was a long time ago. I suspect that our water is just a little corrosive and that they skimped on the pipes way back then, the walls are certainly very thing after nearly half a century of use. At any rate things could definitely have been a lot worse. It was almost bed time when I just went down the stairs to take a load of laundry out of the washer and put it in the dryer.
It must not have been leaking all that long, I did not even really notice it until I realized water was running down my forehead. Of course I turned the water off and then I ran the water so that it would all run out of the pipes. You need to do that so that the plumber can just start patching things up. I probably could have done it myself, but that would have taken time and required a trip to the home improvement store. Instead we had half a dozen people over of a cook out and then we all went to the ball park to watch the fireworks. The next day we went to the lake for another cookout along with water skiing and fishing and riding on jet skis.