Monday, June 15, 2009

Take The Rest Out of Restroom


One day, a couple of years ago, I was startled from my routine by a scream coming from the bathroom. My son clealy yelled the words, "My eyes are burning, my eyes are burning." Immediately I mentally inventoried every cleaning product I had while running to the crisis. As I arrived on the scene, no chemical product was in sight, but there was pee everywhere; on the floor, the shower curtain, the counter, and even including, yes, in my son's eyes. Don't ask. I don't know the answer of how or why either.

This situation raised an important awareness in me that I believe we all must ponder: bathroom etiquette. Everything from proper aim (that's aimed at the men...yeah, I can hear the boo's from here), to courtesy flushing can help make the bathroom experience just a little more tolerable.
Take the toilet seat, for example. It's not very hard for a man to simply lower the seat when he is finished. He might not think it's important, but I promise if he ended up bum first in a pool of cool water, his thinking might change.

Many have become more mindful of bathroom etiquette with new training tools such as The Urinal Test. Men can now play a simple online game to realize the all important rules pertaining to the urinal. Haven't taken the test yet? Just click on the link and you can be transported to the wonderful world of public restrooms.

Now if we can just have an online test for switching out the toilet paper roll and how to get your kids to stop needing something the second your derriere meets the porcelain.

11 comments:

  1. I'm still trying to figure out how the pee met the eyes.

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  2. One more thing to add to this list. Never. Cross. The. Streams. It's very bad. Bad things happen.

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  3. Crossing the streams is bad, Kirk. Crossing the streams is bad!

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  4. I'm so glad I don't have to know what that means.

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  5. Hey, Kirk...so, yeah, Maze Runner? What'd you think?

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  6. Graham, something tells me you are trying to change the subject. You don't want to discuss the finer elements of bathroom etiquette with Kirk?

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  7. I am the only girl at my house and lemme tell ya, we are all about pee, poo, and clean-up of the same, 24/7. When the kids are well potty trained (Brent is pretty disciplined), I am going to have the biggest party and then get the carpet throughly shampooed.

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  8. Deb, I am a MAN. Bathroom etiquette only exists as far as urinal occupation is concerned. If there is an odd number of urinals, you take one on the end, or the one farthest from any other man. If the only one open is directly between two other men, you man up and hold it in. Unwritten law.

    Except, I guess I just wrote it, but whatever. I refer you to "Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys" for further information.

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  9. P.S. I'm reading Maze Runner this weekend probably. Work has been crazy day and night and so I haven't touched it yet. But this weekend I'll break it out and whip through it.

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