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Public Restrooms

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Okay, if we must discuss public restrooms.....here's a separate thread. In an effort to keep the topic Amish-connected. I can honestly say that when I would use the outhouse at Lovina's mother's home, perched outside on the edge of an alpha-alpha field it was really peaceful. And clean! I would use that outhouse anytime over almost any public restrooms. I hate, hate, hate public restrooms.  I'm a bit of a germophobe, which partly explains my distaste. 

My favorite public restrooms are the ones in airports and some highway rest-stops that are "touchless."   I guess this is where the guys have one advantage over women is we can take care of most of our business standing up.  This means I can go in, do my business, and then wash my hands under the motion-activated faucet, use the motion-activated hand-dryer and then zig-zag out the restroom without touching a door.  Those are my favorites.  I know how hard some of you may try to persuade me otherwise but I just find it hard to believe that women's restrooms as a rule are grosser than men's.   Ugh.  Gas station men's restrooms or a ballpark stadium could receive HAZMAT funding.....

Even with the advantage of standing up it's not always foolproof.  I was attending a crowded movie one warm summer day several years back and men - including me - were lined up at the urinal before the show.  I was, unfortunately, wearing flip-flops.  The guy at the urinal next to me had a very poor aim.  I don't think I had ever been so grossed out.  SIGH, I think I'll regret starting this post........


KJuneBug's picture
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I just thought of this, on Saturday we had a big cleaning party to clean and spit polish the new part of our church, we got to worship in the new sanctuary yesterday, I can say that a padded pew is much more comfortable that a "Lifetime" brand folding plastic chair!!  

My job on Saturday was to paint the little bathroom in the preschool room.  I hadn't been in that room at all, so I go to check out the paint job that needs to be done, and way down on the ground is the cutest little potty!!!  It's about two feet off the ground and had a bright royal blue seat! So cute, so appropriate for 2 and 3 year olds!!  

To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Titus 2:5

lillyofthevalley's picture
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Okay, I realize that last part did not make sense or sounded dirty.  I meant to word it I always thought there was a snake in the hole of the outhouse and it was going to jump up and bite me...there...still face red none the less. 

"He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea." - Micah 7:19

Stay at home wife and mommy!

dcharrison's picture
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I know what you mean!  I have a vivid imagination and it worked overtime w!hen visiting my grandfather that we had just met for the 1st time not long before and they had an outhouse!  Daylight hours only, if at all possible

Cindy/KS

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Uhmmmm, my assistant went to the bathroom at school and found a bat flooting in the toliet.Wink

lillyofthevalley's picture
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I don't have a gallbladder.  So I come prepared to use public bathrooms:)  I buy hand sanitizer and toilet sit covers.  I usually will do my shopping only where bathrooms are clean..sense this is a phobia of mine..lol.  I know TMI.  Anyways, I have seen some horrible ones in my day.  My Dad was a truck driver all my life..so those are the worst!  I remember the places that have actual showers in there.  They looked like something from the bates motel and were so creepy.  I would just wash my hair in the bathroom sinks rather than use them.  I Remember we took a road trip once, my husband and I, for this stupid time share thing.  Well, we got to town and we needed a bathroom break.  We noticed we were in a bad neighborhood off the interstate.  But, I didn't care..they gave me a key hooked to some big metal thing like I was going to steal it.  What made it so bad is the outside bathroom had no door knob?  Like really what was the point?  It was filthy and the sink was about to come off the wall.  I held it for many more miles.  As for the outhouse we had an Aunt that was in her  90s before she finally agreed to let them build a bathroom onto her home.  Then she would only allow a toilet and sink...that was it.  They were worried about her falling in the corn field going to the outhouse.  I loved my Aunt.  But, on visits I could hold it til the sun rised and even then I didn't like going out there...I was always convinced a snake was going to jump up and bite me in the hole.

"He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea." - Micah 7:19

Stay at home wife and mommy!

LuvMaerz's picture
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"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift... that's why they call it the present."

I don't care for the auto-flush, only for the reason that my almost-4 year old had the terrifying experience of having it flush while she was sitting on it TWICE in one day... now she will hold her pee as long as possible because she is so scared of public toilets!  I think people think I am abusing her when I make her go into the bathroom with me, because she cries hysterically now!

I have been in some pretty nasty restrooms... I remember one at Target, at Hobby Lobby, and several fast food joints.  The absolute WORST experience I ever had (and I can't believe I am actually typing this) is running out of toilet paper in an extremely busy Barnes and Noble bathroom... and I really needed the t.p, if you know what I mean Wink.  After sitting in there forever, I finally had to turn off my cell phone, because my husband kept calling (wondering what the heck I was doing, probably).  I will not tell you how this story ends, but all I can say is that I was mortified.

Another horrible bathroom experience was when our 200+ person high school band made the looong trek from MO to FL via charter buses to march in the Orange Bowl.  The particular bus I was on did not empty the potty-thing until we hit Georgia, and people were literally becoming ill from the stench.  One of the chaperones started spraying floral-scented air freshener (this was like 3 am), which really only made the sick feeling even worse!

Ah, so many potty stories, so little time  Wink

dcharrison's picture
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One of my daughters mentioned the bus experience after a trip - don't remember if it was the oldest on a trip to GA with her college band or the youngest when they went to CA though.

Cindy/KS

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I used to work at a grocery store and it just seemed to me that a lot of people didn't care if they messed up the restrooms or not.  We had customers leaving trash all over the floor.

dcharrison's picture
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I had 1 guy, when working at the convenience store, who never seemed to use his own bathroom at home.  And 1 time, he didn't even make it all the way into ours.  Luckily it was a Sunday morning and was slow as usual - but the manager got to clean that one up!  Right behind the lottery machines, lol.

But I almost think the upchuck and plastic molding around the bottoms of the walls was the worst.  I usually don't have a very sensitive stomach, but I almost lost it myself trying to clean that one up & it was in the mens as well - so already had other odors for you!

Cindy/KS

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I can now write about this...I had an extremely embarassing moment years ago when I went into a Target store to do some shopping, I had to use the rest room immediately and didn't pay attention to which door I went into.  As I was leaving the stall I noticed a man standing up at what I now know was a urinal...my first thought was who the heck is this pervert is in the ladies restroom then I realized I was in the wrong rest room....OH MY god!!!   Frown

I felt my face burning up and I started to sweat...I ran out of there as fast as I could which was near a small eating area at the store...some of the customers who were sitting at the tables saw me..laughed...I ran out of the store and I still haven't been back at Target since. 

The memories still prevent me from shopping at Target.  Sheesh!  Tongue out

KJuneBug's picture
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First off I hate public restrooms too!  Our cross country trip was quite a challenge to me, a fellow germaphobic!  There were a couple times we just pulled off and raised our tent trailer just enough to use the potty (that was my saving grace!!) The absolute worst potty we found was just south of Louisville on hwy 60, don't remember the town name, it was a gas station and it was gross! I didn't use the it, the young  store clerk thought that was odd, oh well!  Needless to say we got back on 60 and the next exit had a nice big Kroger's that was clean!!  This was a day trip so we didn't have our "traveling potty", it was parked back at our hotel!  

So now I will pick on your little blog story, is the Alpha-Alpha a fraternity out in the alfalfa field??? Ha Ha!!!   

To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Titus 2:5

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Went to Paris, France back in '81 with a group of college students/friends.  One of the places we went had us on a tour bus for several hours and it stopped at the French version of a rest area.  It was fun!  No toliet, just a hole in the floor, places to 'slide' your feet for traction, and a handle on the door to hold onto!!  Talk about culture shock!  Out of 30 women, on 2 were able to 'use' the bathroom, the rest of us waited until we got back to the hotel Wink Of course in the city (Paris) itself there were public restrooms but they were unisex.  We learned on the first day there that you ALWAYS went to the bathroom in pairs:one would go in while the other stood outside the door and wouldn't let any males in then switch.  Got some funny looks from the men, but was something we just couldn't get use to....... 

dcharrison's picture
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I've never been to France, but my dh lived there for a while as a child & he said he remembers the same thing happening then.  But when I was in high school, some of my classmates had gone to France over summer break and came back talking about how all the girls in the group were matched up with a boy in the group for the purpose of carrying a roll to tp for the 2 of them to use.  Evidently the port-a-potties on the streets (?) don't contain tp for people to use.  At least not in the 70's.

Cindy/KS

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They had TP but it was the consistancy/feel of sand paper, in fact think I would have used sand paper instead Wink

dcharrison's picture
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Used to work in a convenience store and 1 of the responsibilities of the clerks was to clean the restrooms each shift.  The men's was always worse than the women's and no matter what I did, it always seems to smell of urine!  I always did it first to get it out of the way, but I tended to agree with a former manager - it would have been much easier with a waterhose and an in the floor drain so that we could have just hosed it down!

Cindy/KS

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There is a gas station outside of Carrolton, KY that does just that!!  It's a one seater and both the walls and floor are tile with a drain in the floor. They say that they go in with a power washer every evening and wash the whole thing down.  One of the few restrooms in a gas station that I will use.

dcharrison's picture
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I know I could gross you out with stories of when I cleaned these!  But I won't.  That would be a great way to handle it!

I know having had a dh, son & now dgs as well as 2 brothers - they all miss the mark!

Cindy/KS

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