Okay, we’re gonna have a little talk here about a not too talked about subject. Some find it offensive, some find it private, some just have good manners, but really, I think somebody needs to talk about it! (which goes to show you where I am on the manners scale)
Maybe this little conversation will free you, allow you to let go of all your innermost thoughts, let you know ‘it’s okay’, we all deal with it. I believe this subject matter affects every single one of you. Here it is, hold on to your seat (pun intended)…Public Bathrooms!
As we speak, I have just had a little incident in an airport bathroom. Wish you could have been sitting in the stall next to me, so we could laugh with each other. (I would have, you know, talked between stalls :)) So I’m making a quick dash to the powder room before boarding my flight, and the funniest thing happened. Everything’s so automatic anymore, and every time I would shift my body weight on the porcelain throne, the darn thing would flush. Not like I was planning on sitting there an hour, but in the two minutes I graced the throne, the thing flushed about 5 times. Had me giggling, then to make matters worse, when I did remove my hiney and assume the ‘zip up the pants’ position…it wouldn’t flush! I shook, I leaned, I sashayed…trying to get that magical eye to see that I was finished! I couldn’t open the door knowing that the thing hadn’t flushed…that’s one of those “oh so gross” public bathroom items..toilets that aren’t flushed. Finally, I made the right move, and it worked properly. But if I we’re a tree hugger, I’d really be furious right now with all the water we wasted on that trip!
Earlier this week I was in a McDonald’s restroom. I was pretty impressed with the anti-bacterial hand gel mounted directly above the toilet. And as I left, I place my hands under the automatic faucet for a quick wash, nice hot water, no touching the faucet handles. How nice, how cleanly, how germ-free. Next I made my way to the paper towel dispenser, and began to wave my hands, waiting for towels to dispense. Stand a little more, wave a little more, “where are the towels?” There I stood, waving frantically, thinking…”this machine isn’t working”, when a woman steps next to me, touches the lever and pulls out a paper towel. So if they’re gonna automate some things, they should automate everything!
I truly am very opinionated on the ‘public bathroom’ subject. I firmly believe all toilets should play music when they have a seated customer. Really, don’t we all just about die if we need to emit some ‘bodily noises’ and someone is near? I’ve been known to wait it out until I see the ‘all clear’ sign of no feet under the stalls. I don’t even like listening to my own ‘body talk’, let alone anyone elses! Yip, I think musical toilets are the answer. A little James Taylor would make the experience so much better. And stainless steel stalls, where I can see my own reflection! No thank you! And what about Glade fresh air dispensers for every stall? What a novel idea!
I’m thinking many of us could say we’ve had an embarrassing moment in a public bathroom…or at least a little “giggle at yourself” moment. I’m here to tell you…
I’m laughing with you 🙂